Birthright Israel NEXT is perhaps one of the most versatile groups for young professionals, at least in the D.C. area. Beyond an extensive list of lectures, happy hours, and other programming, they also provide an outlet for community service. (facebook link)
One of those occasions happened to be Sunday morning, when about a dozen Birthright alums joined various other staff and volunteers at So Others Might Eat, otherwise known as SOME.
Using our formidable teamwork skillz, we were able to man the dining hall for two half-hour rounds of lunch. I myself served coffee, and later helped set tables, only having to do small tasks, for others were always ahead or behind with the fork to my napkin, and etc.
Though we were very busy, staff, volunteers, and patrons alike were more than friendly, and time passed very quickly. I’d definitely reccomend SOME to local readers looking to give back to the community in a tangible way.
Beyond a full time food kitchen, SOME also offers healthcare, therapy, rehabilitation programs, transitional and long term housing, job training and more to some of the District’s neediest residents. Click here to find the org on Facebook, and here for D.C.’s Birthright Israel group. More community service opps should be coming up soon!