Over the summer I started volunteering at a soup-kitchen called Chips, in my neighborhood, Park Slope, Brooklyn. I discovered the organization through the Park Slope Food Cooperative, a market that my parents shop at. (The Coop donates fresh produce to Chips.) I began to volunteer at Chips in order to fulfill my service requirement, but my experience has been so rewarding that I carve out a few hours every month to go there. I started out serving food, but over time I began to help out in the kitchen too – helping to make the meals. The reason why I enjoy volunteering at Chips is the appreciation that the clientele show. What I may see as a simple meal is way more to the people who come in, and many are bubbling with gratitude. Smiles and things people say like “God Bless you” warm my heart and make me wants to continue to help.