For my inschool service this year, I volunteered at Tamid, the Downtown Synagogue as a part of their DHAP program, or Downtown Teen Hunger Action Project. ( Link) DHAP is a program for youths in NYC to make a difference and feed the homeless. We first began with a Guest speak from the community who has done considerable community service, and they would tell us what they did, and how their service has made a difference in their life. I distinctly remember one man talk about how he would watch over Homeless people in a shelter to make sure they were safe and comfortable, and how he would also give them food and water. After the guest speakers, we prepared meal bags and another bag full of other necessities. The meal bags would have sandwiches, water, and an assortment of snacks. The other bags would have soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and socks. After we were done packing these bags, we would spend around two hours walking around New York City looking for homeless people to give these bags too. If at the end of these two hours (and very often we went longer searching for people) we still had bags, we would donate what was in them to a homeless shelter.
This whole experience was very rewarding and fulfilling experience for me. I felt as if was doing something really positive for others, because the people who received these bags were always extremely happy once they got them.