Today, as a part of the Norlin Scholars welcome back event for the spring semester, I went with a group walking around Boulder, distributing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the homeless. It was a great start to the weekend.
The Unity Church, located across the street from Folsom Field, sponsors a monthly event where volunteers come to the church, make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and bags of raisins, and walk up and down the Boulder Creek Path, not only handing out food and water to the homeless but also getting to know them for a little. Visiting with groups of homeless people was not what I expected it to be like. They were very warm and receptive, were very appreciative of our actions, and most of all were extremely open and kind. Members of our group had people break down crying in gratitude upon receiving their sandwiches, and it was a very touching experience for all of us. I am very glad I was able to participate.
Normally for our Norlin welcome back events we hold a pizza and bowling night, but this year we decided to shake things up. I am a member of the Norlin Leadership Council, and in conjunction with the Boettcher Advisory Council, we planned this event for both scholar groups (about 150 students total) followed by lunch in our lounge in the Norlin Library. The whole day was filled with bonding between not only students and the homeless but also within our group, and I think it was a very successful Saturday.
Until next time,