Have you ever had to worry about where your next hot meal came from? Or how you'd make the rent payment AND buy groceries at the end of the month? What about not having a dress shirt for that job interview and not really having a way of buying one? Many of us may have been in these or similar situations at some point in our lives, or have at least been in a stressful enough situation to make us kind of understand what something more trying may be like. No matter what your experiences, the great news is that there is always a way to help.
One fantastic way to do so is by donating your time and talents to Urban Ministries of Durham. I had the opportunity of doing so last Saturday, when I was able to help prepare and serve breakfast to UMD clients. All I can say is that it was truly inspiring not only to see how kind and appreciative the residents were, but also how passionate the regular volunteers for the organization are. In fact, they have more than 2,000 people volunteer each year. If cooking isn't your thing, you can always donate food or clothing to the organization, volunteer to stock shelves in the food pantry or provide computer services for job-seekers.
You see, Urban Ministries of Durham is unique in that it provides an array of services for residents and clients all in one location - and serves more than 6,000 every year. Check out UMD's website for more information on how the organization works and how you can help support their mission. I recommend breakfast on Saturdays. It's a great way to start the weekend.