Hey everyone! Happy end of first quarter, thank God it's over.
Since it's a three day weekend, and since you all love community service, I wanted to remind you about HopeNet. It happens every Saturday morning, but due to the recent lack of volunteers, we really want to have as many CSL people as possible come help this Saturday, October 23rd. I know it's early in the morning, but if it were a school day you'd be getting up earlier. Besides, you will have already had Friday to sleep in.
So in case you haven't heard me plead for you to go to HopeNet yet, I'll say it one more time. HopeNet is a food distrubiting program that has several different areas throughout Los Angeles. People from all over the city come by car, by bus, and by foot, and wait for two hours in the frigid morning cold for one bag of groceries. Most of these people are seventy or even eighty years old, and sometimes have to sit on the bench because their legs can't keep them up anymore. Some are homeless, some are cramming 8 people into a tiny apartment building, but just about all of them are living in poverty. When you help at HopeNet, you either get to sign in people or help put food into the grocery bags. Both jobs are pretty simple, and are really rewarding. It generally takes about an hour to distibute bags to about 250 people. Just think about that. 250 people. 250 people who otherwise have no food that day. So when you're thinking to yourself (and this has happened to me), "Yeah, it's a great idea, but it's soooo early in the morning. I really need to sleep in," just remember: 250 people, depending on you.
Last time I went to HopeNet, there were only 2 people signing in these 250 people. You think the cafeteria has long lines at lunch? That's nothing compared to this. At Marlborough, you can wait 15 minutes for a warm grilled chicken caviar soufflee (slightly exagerrated menu). At HopeNet, people wait two hours for one bag of groceries. No warm grilled chicken, just canned peaches and powdered milk.
If this doesn't move you at all to consider going to HopeNet this weekend (or any weekend), then I don't know what will. If you have something already going on on Saturday morning (like the volleyball tournament), or if you live really far away from HopeNet, it's okay. Not everyone can come to every single community service event, and we don't expect you to. But if you do live somewhat nearby HopeNet, or if your only excuse for not going is that you're tired, you should really try to go this Saturday.
So. That's the end of my speech/plea/begging. Please come to HopeNet this weekend! I would be supremely happy and grateful to anyone who comes. If you are definitely going, or thinking about going, PLEASE email me or call me within the next 24 hours. If you need a ride from Marlborough, don't wait until the last minute to tell me. I know it can be hard to wake up early on a Saturday morning and I really appreciate anyone who takes the time to help this weekend.
PS: HopeNet address:
2936 W. 8th St. First Unitarian Church
East of Vermont, park on Westmoreland (The street adjacent to HopeNet).