Building Bookcases and Bridges in the Community
Community is a cornerstone of what we do at Harvest Table. We don’t want just to serve the community; we want to be a part of it.
We recently teamed up with Wake Forest University Campus Kitchen and the United Way of Forsyth County for a volunteer day at the Latino Community Services in Winston-Salem, NC.
Serving the children of first-generation immigrant families in the Old Town area of Winston-Salem, the Latino Community Services creates cross-cultural relationships, leads life enrichment and leadership programs, and provides educational assistance. The goal is to offer these families a positive and healthy future while building bridges between the Latino community and the greater community.
For this event, families came in to get books and bookshelves to start their home library. To assist with their efforts, we brought bookcases, over 300 bi-lingual books, and 30 volunteers to help (bookshelves don’t put themselves together). With fifty families coming, we distributed the books and bookshelves, ran art stations where the kids created personalized bookmarks, and provided a delicious lunch for everyone. There were to-go meals for extended family members that couldn’t attend as well as tutoring services throughout the event.
By all accounts, it was a fantastic event and a great success. We were honored to help with these remarkable partners at Latino Community Services and look forward to future collaborations.
Find volunteering opportunities in your neighborhood by visiting https://www.unitedway.org/get-involved/volunteer#.