The INSPIRE Chorus had an amazing experience volunteering at a UMOM New Day Center yesterday. UMOM is a shelter for the homeless with dependent children and families in transition.
The project was a literacy night for the kids who are residents there. We arrived early and set up tables and chairs and blankets all over the room. We put on name tags and got out the bins of books sorted by age with colored dots. They had us spread several hundred books all over the room. The children living at the shelter then arrived with a very loud entrance searching for smiling volunteers who would be willing to read to them. We read and talked and laughed and some of us built book forts when the kids were tired of reading. One boy went around and collected all the name tags from the volunteers. The kids seemed so happy and we loved being part of such a great night of service. The workers at UMOM asked to take our group picture afterward. We then met up with the INSPIRE group for some frozen yogurt. What a great night.