7 a.m. when I arrived.
The United Way Day of Caring 400+ volunteers have left a hand print on the Open Door Mission that will always be remembered by the impact that the collaboration of the business and corporate world has left ... People still do care about People.
Many First National Bank employees started arriving at 7 a.m. Team leaders Stacy and Laura were awesome. By 8 a.m., 200+ FNB employees had arrived armed in paint clothes and carrying supplies. This group meant business, no slackers here. Following orientation, they dug in their heels and tackled the projects until 3 p.m. only stopping for a half hour lunch break or shorter for many. FNB painted the exterior of the Timberlake Outreach Center and the Permanent Supportive Housing Apartments, yard work throughout the campus, painted all the parking lines in the lots, painted the inside of the Men's Ministry Emergency Services and Lydia House, painted the exterior of the main Mission building, the list goes, on and on and on. The Open Door Mission Team looks forward to partnering together on future projects at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Aquilla employees spent their time making thousands of care kits for the homeless men, women and children. Each care kit contained a toothbrush, toothpaste,Kleenex and hotel shampoo, conditioner and soap. These are given out in the emergency services departments.
UPS employees spent the entire day stuffing envelopes. This project saved the Mission hundreds of dollars. This group was so committed to this project they refused to leave until it was done realizing the savings would provide more meals for those hungry, in our community.
Tyson Food employees tackled the organizing and painting of the receiving and distribution areas of the Timberlake Outreach Center a very labor intensive project.
World Insurance employees made more than 650+ sack lunches for the Streets of Omaha program. These lunches are given to men, women and children that live on the streets in abandoned buildings, along the train tracks, in their cars, along the levy, etc..
Mutual of Omaha employees painted all the shoe, hat, socks, and underwear racks. A very tedious and time consuming task.
Reflecting on the day there are several other accomplishments:
1. Many volunteers have a better understanding of the complexity of homelessness and poverty and therefore can be an advocate for those without a voice.
2. Time Changes Peoples Lives. Just 2 hours a month will make a difference in someone's life.
3. Many volunteers have a better understanding of the Open Door Mission's programs and services that are provided to the hungry and homeless and that it could not be done without the partnerships provided by volunteers.
This is just the beginning. God has so much more instore, it's just around the corner. I can hardly wait to see...stay tuned in you won't want to miss it.