Audrey’s Service Reflection

This year, I was really excited to be the leader of the HELP, Helping Everyone Less Privileged, student activity. In the past, we have had many successful dinners with guests from adult homeless shelters. This was the first year that we invited guests from a teen shelter. For our first dinner, we made macaroni and cheese, collard greens, fried chicken and biscuits. We all came together over a competitive game of Pictionary at the end of the night. However, the best part of the night was definitely talking with the teens and realizing that, though we come from different situations, we all have stories to tell.

Everyone at the HELP dinner came from completely different backgrounds. However, we were all able to come together for a really fun night. Despite all of our differences, we realized that we had a lot in common. This dinner was right around the inauguration so Beyoncé lip-syncing was a big topic of conversation; everyone had an opinion! At the end of the night, we all left full of good food and really excited for the next HELP dinner. I have become aware of how lucky I am to be going to such a great school in which I have amazing opportunities.

The seniors took a break to take a quick picture while cooking in the kitchen.

The seniors took a break to take a quick picture while cooking in the kitchen.



2 thoughts on “Audrey’s Service Reflection

  1. Audrey,
    It was a great event. The ride on the bus back to Covenant House was a lot of fun. The CH teens couldn’t stop talking about how much fun they had hanging out with the Friends students. I look forward to working with your group again this coming week. Thanks for being such a great HELP leader. I met the founder of HELP, Deborah Levitsky, this past week. After graduating she continued her work as a social activist and currently is working to improve public school teachers’ professional development opportunities. She was thrilled to hear HELP is alive and well.

  2. Audrey, you have been such an amazing organizer for these HELP dinners. I remember last year when we first worked on it together, you were not even an official leader, and you still helped maintain organization within hectic times of cooking. I know you are often busy, but definitely check out West Side Coalition Against Hunger. They organize events very similar to the HELP dinner, and you would do amazing things there. Thank you so much for everything you have done! I do not know what we will do without you.

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