On Day 6, we traveled to NE Philly to Aid for Friends.
– AFF provides home-cooked meals and the gift of friendship to people in the five-county Philadelphia region.
– Volunteer coordinators meet with each referred friend to determine needs, assess the situation, and assign a volunteer visitor.
– Empathetic visitors spend time with each friend on a weekly basis as they deliver meals (frozen, home-cooked dinners, soups, breakfast bags and supplemental foods) and develop true friendships.
– Meals are provided by individuals and through group cooking events organized by boy and girl scout troops, schools, and other organizations, Meals are then stored in freezers housed in churches, synagogues and community centers throughout the region and in the Aid for Friends warehouse/outreach center.
Though only able to share a short amount of time with the students and leaders of these two Virginia schools, I was very encouraged by their openness to interfaith cooperation and their willingness to work together.