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Citymeals-on-Wheels Volunteer Project

On July 31, 2013, the students, tutors, and staff of the Arthur O. Eve HEOP Pre-Freshmen Summer Program took to the streets of Harlem to participate in their first group community service project. Accompanied by Dyesha Durm from NYIT’s Manhattan Community Service Center (CSC), the group volunteered their services to the Citymeals-on-Wheels program. Citymeals provides food to homebound, elderly New Yorkers in the form of cooked meals, as well as pantry bags of nonperishable foods to stock their kitchens throughout the week. The HEOP students were divided into smaller groups and given routes to deliver pantry bags to waiting clients in the area. Loaded up with bags packed full of various boxes and cans, the teams set out with their maps and rang doorbells and buzzers until each bag had reached its destination. Though a few clients were not home, the students followed the instructions of Vivienne O’Neill, director of volunteer programs, and gave these unclaimed bags to the homeless. Combined, the groups trekked through nearly ten miles of Manhattan on behalf of the Citymeals organization.

The students left the experience feeling tired but accomplished. Everyone was glad to have done something to help another human being in need. The students reflected on the experience later on that week, sharing their thoughts and feelings. They spoke about the challenges they faced and the highlights of the activity. One student fondly recalled a very chatty client who exclaimed that she was “96 years old and still looking good!” Mimma Najnin, said afterwards that, “it made me realize the problems I face are nothing compared to what others face on a daily basis.” Another student, Bryan Diaz said that volunteering made him, “realize such a small deed means the world to someone less fortunate. We can be so picky and wasteful; we don’t know what we have until it is taken away.” The activity also made the students look at the larger problems in society that contribute to certain people being hungry, like economic inequality and waste. These are certainly not problems that cannot be tackled in a day, but it was good to see these issues on the mind of the incoming freshmen. The HEOP students are eager to participate in more activities like this in the near future.

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