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We Need YOU!

Spring and summer are great times to volunteer at Feast of Justice, as many of our regular volunteers take a break. Opportunities are plentiful—take your pick!  Community Garden

 Painting/Repairs during Inventory Week (June 29-30)

 Assisting with Reading Buddies (see sidebar for dates and contact—>)

 Receiving deliveries (Monday am and/or Friday pm) and restocking shelves

 Food pick-ups from local stores and businesses (weekdays; must have own car)

 Organizing donations of clothing and household goods (for our Bountiful program)

 Supervising guests’ children (Wednesday evening, Saturday afternoon) in St. John’s playground (must be able to pass criminal background and child abuse clearance checks)

 Office administrative tasks

 Preparing, serving, and cleaning up from community meals

Volunteer applications are available in the foyer and online at: www.feastofjustice.org

Questions about these tasks? Ask Alexa Kvande or call 215/268-3510 and leave a message. Thank you!

¿Hablas español? Parlez-vous français? 你会说普通话吗 هل تتحدث العربية؟ In order to serve our guests better, we need multilingual volunteers, especially in Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic, French, Ukrainian, and Albanian. If you are bi-lingual in these languages and able to volunteer 1-2 times a month, please call 215/268-3510 or speak to Alexa Kvande.

All are welcome!!! FEAST NIGHT Meals—Thursdays at 6 pm—May 11 and 25 and June 8 Enjoy a hot meal and some community fellowship! Stay after the meal for a lively prayer and praise service offered by St. John’s Church. Doors open at 5:30 pm FEAST DAY Meal—Tuesday at 12:30— June 20 (none in May) A feast of food, fellowship, and resources. Doors open at 10 am with coffee available. Lunch is served at 12:30 followed by prayer and praise service by St. John’s Church. Invite your friends, children, and neighbors— we look forward to seeing you!

Nice Roots Farm— Container Gardening Class—”Salad, Spaghetti and Steak in a Pot” Would you like to enjoy a fresh homegrown salad once a week or spaghetti and pepper steak? If you have sunlight, access to water, and a surface that can hold 5-10 pounds, learn how to grow peppers, cherry tomatoes, basil, and lettuce in one large pot. The class is from 10 to 11 am at SHARE on Saturday, May 13 and May 20. All supplies are included in the $5 registration fee. Questions? Contact SHARE at 215/223-2220 2901 W. Hunting Park Ave.

Do you have a green thumb? Do you love to garden? Are you already dreaming of what to plant this spring? Have you always wanted to garden with others? Last summer dozens of volunteers of all ages planted Feast of Justice’s first community garden. From it, we harvested over 600 pounds of fresh vegetables to feed our guests! If you are interested in planning—and planting—our garden this year, please let Alexa Kvande know or call the FOJ answering machine at 215/268-3510.

Volunteer Program

In order for Feast of Justice to serve the community as we do, we need over 200 volunteer hours each week.  Our volunteers are local neighbors, partner congregation members, students and others seeking community service hours, guests of our programs, retirees through the RSVP program, and those seeking job skill development.  We look for individuals to participate in direct service such as stocking shelves or distributing clothing and food, as well as with administrative tasks such as writing correspondence and serving on our leadership planning teams.  Would you know of someone who is interested in connecting with the community in this way?  Contact us for information about our next orientation session.

Mental Health Counselors

Feast of Justice is excited this year to be partnering with Philadelphia University to sponsor two new mental health counseling students.  Ayisha joins us as an intern and Dora as a practicum student for the school year.  They both bring unique experiences and interests.

From Dora:  I have worked with parents suffering with issues of grief and loss. While I am at Feast of Justice, I hope to empower individuals, couples and families to overcome personal obstacles and improve their life and relationships.

From Ayisha:  During my time at Feast of Justice, my goals are to establish therapeutic relationships with guest, to display cultural humility while working with diverse populations, and assist guests in reaching their full potential.  Areas of interest for me include: urban low income populations and minority groups.

What a great opportunity to expand the services we offer to our guests, while also helping to train professionals in their career paths.

 

 

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