On October 18th we completed a project with People’s Emergency Center in Philadelphia. PEC is an incredible organization that serves homeless families in a number of ways. From the minute we pulled up with our SUV full of food donations, until the very end, everyone was very welcoming and nice.
Melissa and I loaded a huge red cart full of food donations and met Meg, a college friend of mine, who was volunteering that day with us. Meg is the Marketing Manager at PEC which is how this project came to be. It was so great seeing things from her perspective in the organization. Meg then introduced us to Cass, PEC’s Community Outreach Manager. It didn’t take long to discover that Meg and Cass are incredibly compassionate people whose hearts were in their work. Meeting devoted people like them is truly amazing.
After introductions, Melissa and I began assembling bags of food together for families who would be arriving shortly. Fortunately we didn’t have to work alone. Meg and two other volunteers, Jon and Shaheem, joined us. I quickly nominated myself as the bag preparer. Double bagging was necessary and I knew I’d be good at that! I barely kept up though. I believe we ended up making over 50 bags for families in need of food relief!
One of the services we loved about PEC is that they accept, and give, more than just food donations. We saw a room for families that have everything from children’s books to clothing in addition to the bags of food.
In the end, we donated all that we could. While it wasn’t much, it was still appreciated. I learned that some weeks, PEC has almost nothing to give. Every small contribution makes a big difference. This is the whole idea Gethrr is built upon – that this community, while small and giving small, is still powerful and impactful!
We spent a couple of hours at PEC, but wish we could’ve stayed longer. It felt, and still feels so good, to have given that time. For those interested, please look out for volunteering opportunities through our projects. We’d love to have you!