On Saturday, September 22nd, RPCV/W volunteered to pack and deliver groceries with We Are Family DC, a non-profit organization that serves seniors in the Shaw, North Capitol Street, Adams-Morgan, Petworth, and Columbia Heights neighborhoods.
More than simply a social service project, We Are Family is an experiment in building a caring and inclusive community, by providing services to senior citizens in need. 11 members and guests of RPCV/W joined about 30 other area volunteers, including Spring Hill College Alumni and Howard and GW Students to unload, organize, pack, and deliver groceries. We Are Family DC has a compelling mission to support seniors in need; especially as they have lived in the city for decades and as rent and other prices skyrocket, they struggle to meet their basic needs. As many of the grocery recipients live in the area, RPCVs set off on foot with groceries in hand to deliver groceries and smiles to those in need. Every volunteer in attendance was put to work, and expressed great satisfaction for the accomplishments made that morning. Finally, the RPCV/W volunteers gathered at SUNdeVICH for some amazing and well-deserved sandwiches!
-Cara George, RPCV/W Community Service Director, 2012-2013