A few members of the Cardinal Landscaping staff volunteered for community service at Operation In As Much to assist in serving breakfast to some indigent members of our community. We had to arrive bright and early to be ready to serve the customers.
The volunteer community service process is very organized and structured. Cora the dining room manager directs the volunteers on what to do and how to do it. She makes it very easy to be a volunteer. Serving starts between 7 and 7:30 am. Volunteers first serve coffee (or hot chocolate) and a muffin as the customers enter and find their seats. Announcements such as what the weather will be for the day and any other notes of interest are given. In addition, a brief message and prayer are offered once the dining room is full. After the prayer, the volunteers start bringing out breakfast plates. This morning there were scrambled eggs, sausage, oatmeal, and a slice of toast. The customers were very polite and gracious. There is a strict time limit on how long the customers can stay or terry. This is to allow a second group to come in as seating is limited. Once the customers start to leave, volunteers help pick up the dishes and wipe down tables and chairs. The second group is allowed to enter between 8-8:30 am. The same routine is followed. Breakfast wraps up by 9 am.
How to Participate
The community service experience was very rewarding and the staff left with a feeling of gratitude and generosity. if you or your company or organization is interested in getting involved in doing a community service event, we recommend Operation In As Much as one of the many projects we like to get involved in. You can learn more on their website at https://www.faoiam.org.