Over Winter Break, I volunteered at Room to Grow on 21st and 6th avenue. Room to Grow is an organization that benefits children from birth to age three who are born into poverty. Families who are served by room to grow come into the office once every three months until their child turns three. Visits consist of appointments and discussions with the Room to Grow social workers, as well as a chance to collect various baby items, such as clothing, toys, books and strollers. Room to Grow collects such items through donations.
It is great to see how many donations Room to Grow receives on a daily basis. Because it receives so many items, volunteers are needed to sort through and organize all of the donations so that the Room to Grow families can easily browse and select the items of their choice. When I volunteered at Room to Grow, I sorted through bags of clothing and took inventory on all of the items. When I had finished taking inventory on a bag, I placed all of the articles of clothing into the appropriate bin (for example, boy or girl, age group, winter or summer, etc.) I was also responsible for making sure none of the articles of clothing were ripped or stained. If this was the case, the clothing was put into a separate bag that was taken to a textile recycling company.
Room to Grow is a wonderful organization that provides so much more to impoverished families than just clothes and toys. Families can come in and get the support they need regarding their pregnancy as well as their child’s development for the first three years of life. The facility is warm, cozy and welcoming, and it was great to be able to help out at such a nice place.