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11/5/15 volunteering…

written 2.25.14 – William and I have been volunteering at the kitchen for a few weeks. He is still happily going with me. We are given a different job each week, sometimes dishing up plates, sometimes serving drinks. We haven’t been there enough that I recognize any of the people who come in to eat. I think that a lot of the people are regulars, because the man in charge of the volunteers greets some of them by name, but I can’t tell yet. It is nice to go and get to help, the people that we serve with are nice. Some help every week so we are starting to get to know them, it is nice to be part of a group. I really wish that we had been able to have my whole family start serving years ago, but we had too much going on…homework, early bed times, allergy shots…and on and on. It is tough to have the kids be every where.
I am only taking William on purpose. I want him to go and feel comfortable. William is very quiet and if Beth and Maggie are there too, sometimes he is even quieter, not wanting his sisters to see him talk and make friends. If we go alone, he can be a whole new person and really start to talk to people. Also, if he gets into a conversation that he needs help with, all of my attention will be on him and I can help him explain to people what he is trying to say. William is bright, but he is so quiet that he hasn’t developed a lot of the conversation skills with people outside of the family. He needs to be comfortable learning to talk to people.
What does your family do together? If you had time, where would you volunteer?
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11/3/15 volunteering…

written 3.3.14 – William and I have started volunteering outside of church. We found a soup kitchen that gets its volunteers from our church. They serve dinner three times a week. William and I went over on a Wednesday. The sign outside said that dinner was from five to six thirty so we got there at about four. We didn’t call first, we just showed up. We thought that if we needed to help make the meal we would need to be there early. It turned out that one group of volunteers makes the meal and a different group comes in and serves the meal. The group that makes the meal makes twice as much as is needed and puts it on a cart and someone from another church comes and gets it and serves it at another church that doesn’t have a kitchen. Soon the the volunteers who would be serving the meal showed up. We waited for the minister of the church that we were serving at to talk and say a prayer before the meal was served..
It is always difficult for me the first time that I go somewhere…will they like and accept me…will I find someone to talk to…I do go to a lot of new places and events, and I go alone a lot, but I do worry a lot, this time was easier, William was there too. It was a nice group of people there were about ten or fifteen people serving the meal. Before we started serving the man in charge of the volunteers talked to the new people. He said not to give anyone money and not to give anyone a ride. If someone needs these things have them talk to him or the pastor. Also he said that we should talk to the people having the meal. That is the most important part of being there. He said a prayer in the kitchen and we were given serving jobs. William served drinks with two other men and I served the rice.
William said that he would go back and serve once a week with me. They do serve meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but it would be too much for our family to go more than once a week.
One of the reasons that we are going is because William needs a reference when he fills out job applications. He doesn’t talk to many people so he can’t ask anyone. Serving meals is a nice way for a quiet person to meet people. The computer store that we get our computers fixed at would like to interview William, but he needs a reference to fill out the application. The gentleman that owns the store said that he needs people who will talk to others since all  of his people need to talk to customers. William would like to work there but needs to get a reference first.

 

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