Boston Rescue Mission

Most of our weekends are spent relaxing, doing errands, cooking, and seeing friends and family. For years I volunteered at the MSPCA every weekend, a past time I loved but one that, while starting my business and getting acquainted with the boat, kind of started to dwindle last summer. Luckily, I am getting into a routine, and am hoping to make volunteering more of a part of my life again. It was perfect timing when Michelle filled me in on a volunteer opportunity that Jen had organized for a few bloggers, cooking and serving at the Boston Rescue Mission.

Boston Rescue Mission

You might know Jen from her blog, Tiny Urban Kitchen, and the fact that she won the Foodbuzz Project Food Blog last year. I was elated when she won, and pretty astonished to learn that she was donating her $10,000 prize to Boston Rescue Mission.  But that’s not all, Jen has set out to match that $10,000! If you’d like to help, here’s a link to the donation page.

I arrived at the Boston Rescue Mission in time to help Michelle and Jen unpack massive boxes of food they had picked up at Costco. Our strength was definitely tested!

 

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While we were getting settled, Elina joined us, and we got started on our meal. On the menu? Bacon wrapped pork with a maple syrup drizzle, roasted potatoes, buttered corn, salad, and brownies.

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The shoppers picked up a LOT of food, but we had a lot of people to feed. The Boston Rescue Mission offers a variety of services including a residential program for people who are working to recover from addiction, a homeless shelter, a meal program for families in need, and a place for hungry people to come for meals.

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Jen and I tackled cleaning, cutting, and seasoning the potatoes before they were roasted in the kitchen’s many ovens.

image   Elina and Michelle butterflied the pork added the bacon, spices, and maple syrup and got those in the oven before they joined us to help with the potatoes.

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Once everything was cooking, we had little to do but mix the salad and dressing. We were a good team!

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Once the food was ready, it was time to serve. Residents of the in-house program arrived first, followed by a general seating, where anyone is welcome to come in for a meal. Later in the evening, the people who are going to stay the night come to eat.

It was so much fun to cook together; we all love to do it anyway, and it was even better cooking a meal for people who needed it. Serving was even more fun; a large majority of the people we served, despite various tough life circumstances, were very cheerful and even more grateful. I felt myself get choked up a few times throughout the afternoon; even though I know it’s out there, it’s never easy to be faced with so much need in the world, so many people going without. I shouldn’t need a reminder of how great my life is and to be more grateful, but like many people, I let small day-to-day things get me down. Serving others made me remember how lucky I am and how doing some sort of service is just the right thing to do for all human beings.

I wish I could do work like this every day, and I am definitely interested in returning on a more regular basis. Many thanks to Jen for getting us all out of the house on a Sunday and to the whole group for making it so much fun.

Do you enjoy volunteering for any particular cause or organization?

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  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    What a great cause and great way to spend a Sunday. When I was younger I used to volunteer for City Harvest in NY. After I left my job in 2010 I had tons of time to volunteer and did a lot with CitySprouts. I need to get back to that.

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  2. Daisy’s avatar

    you guys did amazing work here! I’m so impressed with everything!

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  3. Michelle’s avatar

    Everytime I see Jen holding the pork up, I crack up. I had a lot of fun yesterday and DEFINITELY want to go back and do it again soon!

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    1. Jen @ Tiny Urban Kitchen’s avatar

      LOL, you guys should all hold up your food next time!! :) Had a LOT of fun and will let you know of the next opportunity!

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    2. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

      Sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon. Your hard work probably made a lot of people smile yesterday!

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    3. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

      What a wonderful day for a great cause. Sometimes we really do need to be reminded of just how lucky we are so we can be more grateful. I volunteer at Perkins but would like to volunteer with other charities too.

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    4. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      Awesome meal for a great cause!

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    5. Megan’s avatar

      This sounds like such a rewarding way to spend the day — doing something you love… and benefiting others.

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    6. Eric King’s avatar

      You ladies are angels!! And the end product looks quite excellent. Nice Job

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    7. Molly Galler’s avatar

      I had no idea Jen donated her prize money, that’s incredible. It looks like you had a fun and rewarding day. Thank you for sharing.

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    8. Jen @ Tiny Urban Kitchen’s avatar

      Thanks for coming!! I was so glad that Michelle told you about it, otherwise it would have been just three of us churning out that meal! Maybe the potatoes would have never gotten finished. :)

      Seriously, thanks so much for your generosity in giving up your Superbowl Sunday for these folks. It’s a great thing you guys all did. :)

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