#10 Give Back - June/July
Finding ways to give back each month has become a beautiful scavenger hunt. I search the internet and ask around for various volunteer opportunities around New York and, in the process, have found some fantastic organizations!
One of them is Covenant House, a shelter assisting teens who are homeless, runaways, or trafficking victims. For my June volunteer effort, I joined a corporate team in constructing "no-sew" baby blankets for pregnant teens. Fleece duckies and sharks were measured, cut, and carefully tied to create boxes full of fluffy comfort.
For my July volunteer event, I joined by friend Tara for a truly unique experience: rooftop gardening! The Hell's Kitchen Farm Project organization opens its doors on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am-1pm to volunteers to help tend to the garden's planting and harvesting efforts. Getting up early on a Saturday morning was a bit of a struggle - won't lie - but the moment we arrived, Tara and I knew it was absolutely worth it!
We were introduced to each "produce pool" - literally wading pools full of soil and natural goodies: squash, mint, beans, okra, and all sorts of bits! It's absolutely brilliant! Our job today was weeding. After a quick "this is a weed, this isn't a weed" tutorial (I desperately needed that, btw!) we set to work digging through the dirt to rid each precious veggie from life-choking weeds.
Every weekend, volunteers plant, weed, water, and harvest, yielding crops that are offered to New York City's poor and hungry. Each season, over 400lbs of healthy food is grown and donated, which makes the dirt under our fingernails feel like badges of honor. I encourage anyone looking for volunteer opportunities in NYC to spend a Saturday morning getting your hands dirty at the Hell's Kitchen Farm Project!