There is nothing like helping someone less fortunate than yourself.
Sure, this seems a bit cliché, and perhaps it is, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
At Access, we do quite a few different community service projects. These all require different skill sets, sure, but generally we walk away with the same good feelings when it’s over. The Hunger Project stands out in this way.
The Hunger Project is a soup kitchen located in downtown San Diego. It’s one of my favorite places to go, all though that hasn’t always been true. It’s hard to see all of these people and families come in off the street. Your heart aches, and even though you’re doing something to help those people, you wish you could do more.
At the same time, we always have tons of fun. The work is hard and tiring, but the reward is right in front of you. People are smiling, happy, warm, enjoying the food in front of them. The impact is palpable, visible. It might not last forever, but we did something with the time we had.
Doing it on Father’s day really put it in a different perspective. Quite a few families were there that day. In some ways, this is the hardest part about volunteering. On the other hand, helping parents and their kids makes the activity all the more relevant. This could’ve been any of us. That might seem like an exaggeration, but it’s true.
It’s almost like facing what could have been and helping out the people who were slightly more unlucky than you are. And that is powerful.
In the end, we helped 700 people and passed out a ton of books. I hope they enjoyed the meal and the books. Hopefully we gave them a little piece of peace in the turbulent world they live in.
By: Felipe Delacruz