On January 19, 2016, SOME (So Others Might Eat) hosted Fulbright Visiting Scholars for a one day volunteer event in Washington, DC in honor of the great Martin Luther King Jr. The purpose of the event was to enlighten Scholars about America’s spirit of volunteerism, and to educate them on the problem of homelessness and poverty that looms over the city.
Despite the coldness in the air, it was a beautiful day. The event was attended by several Fulbright Visiting Scholars from 7 different countries, and some Fulbright Staff. It was moderately representative of what Martin Luther King Jr. expressed in his “I Have a Dream” speech; they were men and women of different ages and from different races.
After five minutes of what seemed similar to old friends playing catch up, the group was formally and graciously welcomed by Samantha Davis, an advocacy specialist at SOME. Samantha presented the group with a wide range of interesting, but saddening information. The group learned about the current status of homeless residents in DC, SOME’S general work, and programs within SOME that are actively advocating for homeless and low income residents in the Washington D.C area.
Thereafter, the group was divided into smaller groups and went to work. For four delightful hours, Fulbright Scholars and staff dedicated their time to serving hot meals, washing piles of dishes, and cleaning tables for homeless and low income people in DC. Everyone that entered the room left with a smile on their face.
In the end, the group left with a new sense of responsibility and commitment to eradicate the problem of homelessness and poverty one individual at a time.