I “volunteered” Saturday afternoon at Mount Olive Methodist Church (“Community Assistance”) in Arlington, and this time I worked the food distribution line (canned and “dry measure” items). You had to remain standing for about 80 minutes, the time it took the line to move.
There was a suggestion to be “friendly” and to “sell” some of the items (black beans) that there was plenty of, and ration some protein (tuna) that there was less of. I’m not particularly cut out to perform as a “greeter”, or to integrate myself into “other people’s” social capital.
We got fed – and maybe I let the rest of the established team clean up, but practically all the canned items did get given away.
Again, I think it’s hard to make occasional volunteer shifts meaningful without some minimum amount of time regularly and some continual contact with the group. The group’s goals need to merge more with mine.
I need to repair a bridge with Food and Friends – I had turned down a driving assignment for Thanksgiving because of the neighborhood (physical cowardice?) . But I probably won’t consider volunteer driving until doing another eye examination (a floater for about a year, not progressive).
And I don’t yet have an answer on how asylum seeker hosting will turn out. I am outside the “social capital” of the group that does it, so my participation could raise challenging questions both me and any organization that I could help (Feb. 24). . I would need to bring my own form of “social capital” to any such effort, as well as make sure we could stay within the law.
I probably will announce more detail "changes" in my own setup on my DADT Footnotes blog on Wordpress/Blue Host, when they happen. A move down the road is still possible. But I'll need to go into a "sneak preview" mode soon.