First Times a Charm
Last night was my first official shift in the kitchen at Open Arms. I was so excited to finally start. My shift started by meeting the head chefs, Scott and Barbara. Barbara showed me how to get ready to work in the kitchen. We get to wear some pretty stylin aprons, then we have to lint roll our clothes to get rid of any hair or anything and then thoroughly wash you hands. And after washing your hands, you have to sanitize them as well. All the precautions are taken because we're handling food that will be eaten by people who have very week immune systems. At first I was a little nervous about not washing my hands enough or forgetting to use gloves or something, but there are plenty of wash and sanitizing stations that it’s so convenient. Anyways... yesterday we dished a meal into the containers and scooped soup. You put one of everything into a compartment, and then repeat this 250 or so times. It gets a little repetitive but it was funny meeting and talking with the other volunteers. The two other volunteers that were there had been there for years so they were able to show me how things are done. One of the ladies I was working with made a really great point, she said that a lot of her friends and people she knows don't volunteer because they figure with their busy work schedule and family, they just dont have time for it. But she comes in twice a month to help out in the kitchen and said its something she always looks forward to doing. I was so impressed by how nice and friendly everyone was and I can't wait to go back next week!