While we’ve already talked about the volunteer group from Columbia, as well as the volunteer group from The Lukens Company, we have had the pleasure of hosting many other volunteers for the past few weeks as well. Many have come as part of an alternative spring break through their companies, nonprofit organizations, and through their own ambition. The term “alternative spring break” refers to a spring break where individuals do not go to Cancun or Daytona Beach, but rather devote a week to service and volunteering. Instead of spending time bathing in the sun, these individuals get their hands dirty and help out an organization or community in need.
A few weeks ago, we were joined by Midtown Fellowship from South Carolina. Many of these college students were visiting New York for the first time, and we are happy to have been part of their experience. They helped us put out fabric, sort bins, and have fun. The group’s youthful excitement was a pleasant addition to the warehouse.
After Midtown Fellowship left town, we had the pleasure of hosting Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice for a whole week. This group brought us high school and college students from Hillel chapters in Oregon and Michigan who helped us reorganize the paint room, clean bins, sort through beads, put out fabric, and move large pieces around the warehouse. Those who have been to the warehouse may notice how much cleaner and more organized it is. A lot of that is thanks to this generous group.
During this time we also had visitors come from South Africa from through an organization Makosi. They were all accountants who had been recruited to come to the US to work at accounting firms during their busy season. Besides making professional contacts, they are able to meet Americans, experience American culture, and give back. As part of their stay, they were looking for a place to do a service project and they found their way to Long Island City. They helped us sift through and organize thousands of beads. Their work was much appreciated, and we are so glad they found us.
Once again, we’d like to thank all of our volunteers who have donated their time to help us out at the warehouse. We’re happy these groups decided to forego the traditional Spring Break locations for ours. Besides, let’s be honest: MFTA is way more exotic than any beach. And these groups have now made our unique space a little bit better.
If you are interested in volunteering at MFTA, please send us an email. We are always happy to have new volunteers at the warehouse.