Serving this community in any way possible is what I love to do! I was looking forward to a Spring morning to prepare, plant, and seed garden beds at St. Paul Garden. However, I was unfortunate enough to be one of the two people who showed up to volunteer. The other student and I reached out multiple times through the phone number provided to us via email and waited around for about an hour to see if anyone would show up. I am sad we were not able to volunteer and help Memphis Tilth, but it was a different experience I have not encountered through volunteering! I am only rating my experience with a three, due to the lack of communication there was.
The day was gloomy, rainy, and a bit chilly. However, that did not stop my boyfriend and I from volunteering to help clean the community of Soulsville. We noticed just how much people throw out trash from their car window as they drive down the street. It is sad that such actions take place, but it helped us realize that by contributing to the community and picking up the trash, it raises awareness and teaches us the importance of not littering. As it rained on us, we continued to pick up trash and noticed a couple of volunteers leave so we gave it another hour until we returned back to Memphis Rox. I am really glad we had the opportunity to clean up the neighborhood and to reflect on the empowerment it left us as we made Memphis beautiful.
As this was my first time taking part in this event, I did not know what to expect. I baked two dozen cookies and separated them in groups of two into little baggies with different inspirational quotes on them. Being able to bake cookies for student's who would be studying made me feel amazing. As I walked around the library asking each student I encountered, I saw the look on their face when I mentioned I was giving out cookies! Some declined, which was super understanding, considering I am a total stranger. However, people love sweets and sometimes are too wrapped up in school/studying that they do not treat themselves to a simple cookie. Especially with the little note I left on the cookie, I felt like someone could use the reminder of whatever it read. So being a person to be able to offer this to these studious students, I felt honored. I absolutely had no idea on the impact this event would have on me. I will definitely partake in this event in the future!
Such an amazing way to help out my city. Upon the arrival, everyone was already set and were handing out bags and pick up sticks. Sign in was very easy and everything ran smoothly. I loved to be able to contribute in an impact that’s so heavily needed in the city of Memphis.
I had an amazing time helping at the Cooper-Young's Farmer's Market. I arrived and we got straight to work. I passed out tokens and greeted crowds when they would reach our booth. I was also able to walk to every vender and greet them while I collected their money bags! Although the day was chilly, it was a beautiful sunny day and I got to experience my very first Cooper-Young Farmer's Market.