Making Friends and Beds at Room in the Inn

We kicked of 2015 with a month of service learning and we're doing just that... serving and learning. This month-long community service project is a little different than our usual volunteer activities, where Janie Kathryn is often the only kid. All throughout January 2015, we're volunteering with a group of kids.

If our first week of service is any indication, we're going to have some fun and learn a lot from this experience!

All of the service the projects focus on addressing homelessness, with a goal of making new friends and introducing participants to a few ways that kids can help in the community. Parents are often surprised by how many opportunities there are for kids to actively volunteer- something I might not have known, if not for our 2013 Volunteer Odyssey.

One of our projects this week was preparing the sleeping quarters for Room in the Inn - Memphis (RITI). Our team was made up of 8 volunteers, ages 6 though 13. I admit that I was a bit nervous about how it would go, knowing that if it was too much of a challenge, we might lose volunteers or not fill the remaining spots. To say it went well is an understatement! These kids worked hard!

From sweeping the sleeping room to moving mattresses...

We took some time out of our work to talk about who we were helping and what it might be like for guests of RITI without congregations like Trinity United Methodist, who create shelters during the coldest months of the year. The team didn't just learn about volunteering and supporting our homeless community, they also learned a little bit about teamwork and cooperation (even if they didn't realize it). They worked together to carry and arrange mattresses and quickly discovered how much easier bed-making can be when you have a partner. Even our youngest volunteers eagerly collaborated to share tasks like sweeping. 

Arranging chairs and storage bins...
This team made friends and beds like nobody's business!

Do you have a kid or teen who wants to join us? 
There are still a few spots left for our Month of Service Learning. You can sign up here.

Interested in starting a new Room in the Inn site?
You can contact the AMAZING Lisa Anderson here.

Want to get involved, but don't have time?
You can buy stuff! Here is a list of RITI needs that you can purchase from Amazon. You don't even have to get up from your computer!

Want to stay updated on how you can help?
Join Friends of Room in the Inn Memphis on Facebook or follow RITI here.

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