The Boston Alternative Spring Break (ASB) group served at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club and we spent our mornings volunteering either at 826 Boston or the Boston Food Bank, or visiting the St. Francis House. Although we had prepared prior to our trip, we were not sure what to expect, but once we got started it became clear that we would have a great week. At the Boys and Girls Club we worked with an amazing faculty, and phenomenal kids who welcomed us into their community. From arts and crafts, helping with homework, or playing games, each one of us had opportunities to work with kids and they kept us very busy. We learned a lot about their lives, and over the course of the week we became fast friends.
As we built friendships at the Boys and Girls Club we grew closer as a group. At the Food Bank we worked together to sort and bag over 1600 pounds of oranges! We also worked as writing tutors at 826 Boston for field trips of fourth graders. It was fun to work with people who are equally passionate about volunteering.
The different experiences that we had informed us about the community we live in while allowing us to explore potential volunteer opportunities in the future. Several of the trip participants have decided to continue their volunteer with the organizations that we visited.