Last night was my last time volunteering at Open Arms for the school year. It was kind of sad, but I told them I was planning on returning once I moved back to the cities come fall. My experience at Open Arms has been very fulfilling. Although it would have been nice to be able to have the chance to meet some of the clients, I was constantly reminded of all the people I was helping not only here in the twin cities, but also in South Africa. I know what I did was only a little part, just a few hours of my time a week, but if everyone does their little part.. the influence can really add up. I'm really glad I was able to take part in an organization as unique as Open Arms. Their vision and their goals are so incredible. I never would have realized what an epidemic HIV and AIDS is really becoming across the globe, and how these people really need our help. Because of the medicines and drugs they are put on, it’s often hard for them just to get out of bed in the morning, let alone get a hot meal on the table for their family. With doctor appointments, working, etc. people also find it hard to fit healthy, nutritious meals into their day. And with an already suppressed immune system, these people need all the nutrients they can get. Not only does Open Arms provide food for these people, but they provide nutritional food. A nutritionist approves the menu for each week and special accommodations are made for certain people.
I’ve really enjoyed my time at Open Arms and I look forward to returning next year. I hope to partake in the delivery process of the organization and become better acquainted with the community I am helping.