By: Jonah Berger, The Two-Way Street’s Fearless Leader
When we are hungry, we go to the fridge. If the fridge is running low, we run to the grocery store. These are common practices that we take for granted. Not often stopping to think about what it must be like not to have a fridge, or the money to run to the store. There are hungry people in our community and the Two Way Street Project self-advocates decided to do something about it.
Last Sunday, April 2, was National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, so our gang joined about 200 additional volunteers to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless. The Peanut Butter Plan is a Denver non-profit that partners with local volunteer groups to make sandwiches to share with those in need. A simple mission with a tasty and effective result.
It was estimated that the group made about 4,000 sandwiches on Sunday and added to the Plan’s running total of about 150,000 sandwiches made. The project was by far one of the greatest experiences we’ve had a group. People were singing, laughing, and getting messy; we were a finely-tuned sandwich making machine.
And as is the case with most of our projects, we had a lot of fun together while we did our share to help the community. The act of volunteering is empowering. It snaps us out of the role of needing help and puts us into the role of giving it. That is the magic we experience every single month when we venture out together.
Don’t miss the chance to join the Two-Way Street. Contact Kim Tenure at (720) 457-1032 for more information. Please also follow The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop about future outings. Next up, Saturday April 29th, we will be heading to Red Rocks Amphitheater to learn the history while pitching in to clean up.