During week two of Hands On Nashville’s YVC Summer Camp, a group of 12 teens spent their week learning about the impacts and issues of hunger and homelessness. Through interactive discussions, documentary film viewings, and hands-on service projects, campers spent time learning and thinking about root causes and researched opportunities to positively impact these issues.
Each day campers traveled into different areas to serve Middle Tennesseans experiencing homelessness and hunger. Campers served lunch to men and women served by the Nashville Rescue Mission and lent their hands to cleanup projects to beautify its campus.
At Second Harvest Food Bank, the group sorted close to 2,000 pounds of food for hungry Middle Tennessean. To lift the spirits of those in need, campers designed birthday cards for families served by Catholic Charities of Tennessee and ate lunch with Catholic Charities Loaves & Fishes clients. At BELL garden, the group tilled the garden and harvested vegetables to support local food banks and organizations fighting hunger.
Through an immersive experience with Open Table Nashville volunteers, campers spent time researching the effects of hunger and homelessness at the downtown library and spoke with Nashvillians experiencing homelessness about their life and current situation.
To gain an even-greater perspective on the issues, campers watched and discussed Tent City, USA, a documentary focused on homelessness in Nashville, as well as A Place at the Table, a documentary focusing on national hunger. The high-school-aged group also completed a series of thought-provoking activities, including a budgeting exercise that asked them to create nutritious meals from different stores with varying budget levels.
Thanks to each of our campers for their interest and energy in impacting these issues. We hope you found the experience valuable and that we will see you at another volunteer project soon. Special thanks to our partners, and to Yavin, our Summer Youth Leader for his great leadership. Read about Yavin’s Summer Camp experience here.