As a volunteer coordinator, I get to meet some of the most interesting people. We've had volunteers from all over the world come just to serve the homeless in Omaha. Over the summer, I got the privilege of working with one group from Germany and another group from Hong Kong. We have international students from Creighton University come help us out regularly. There's also the many that come from all over Omaha, just to help hang clothes or serve a meal. With all the people I meet, it's hard to remember all of the names or what they do. Every so often though, I meet someone who is hard to forget.
About a month ago, I had a group of girls come in to volunteer on aafternoon during our time to prepare for dinner. Four girls who were so excited to do whatever we needed. As I asked them to chop carrots and help us pan up food for dinner, they told me about their day.
Two of these girls were celebrating their birthday, and chose to serve others with their time and resources that day. It didn’t just start and end by helping us at Open Door Mission. They had already stood outside at a gas station pumping gas for people, given blood, and donated food. When they were done helping us out, they were going to do even more.
How often do young adults decide to do something to bless others? In a world where children are almost raised with an attitude of entitlement and selfishness, it was so refreshing to meet four young ladies so excited to give back. It was a blessing to work alongside these ladies, as it is to work with all of our volunteers. I’m so appreciative to have such dedicated people helping us do what we do here.