Leave Your Mark Tour: Day 2
Posted on 04 September 2017
The founders of YXU have embarked on a 10 day road trip titled the “Leave Your Mark” tour to celebrate the one year anniversary of launching YXU. They will be traveling to Washington D.C, New York City, and Boston to volunteer in the community and network with community leaders to share YXU’s mission with a new audience.
Keeping with the theme of early mornings, we were out the door on Saturday morning at 6am. We headed across town to SOME (So Others Might Eat), where we served breakfast to more than 80 people across three servings. SOME provided an elaborate network of resources to people in need in the D.C community, with the cafeteria being a front door to additional resources ranging from free healthcare, to career training. This opportunity provided us our most hands on experience yet as we were able to sit and connect with many of the individuals that we were serving. Unfortunately though, we saw some repeat customers from the sites that we had volunteered at the day before. It was sobering to get a glimpse into the stories they shared about how they voyaged across town.
We finished our time in D.C with a night in Georgetown. We deployed our most effective marketing strategy to date: having three guys walk into a bar wearing the same shirt. The tricked worked like a charm and we were able to connect with people from across the country and introduce them to our YXU community.
The biggest takeaway from Day 2 for me was the staff at SOME. Their energy and positivity made a rainy morning in D.C a rewarding experience to connect with and make an impact in the community. As they told us, the lights at SOME have been powered by smiles for more than 30 years, and we were proud to help keep the lights on that day.
Day 2: Through working with SOME, I was able to be apart of a community of people committed to leaving a positive impact on others through compassion. The joy for service was contagious and you couldn't help but smile and enjoy every second you had interacting with the special people at SOME.
As we continued to interact with the community in D.C., it was apparent that the fight against hunger required the support of a group people that truly cared about the issue at hand. The individuals at SOME embodied this mentality and the people who needed help were grateful for such a welcoming environment. I was happy to be a part of their efforts to feed the homeless and learn from those who set such a great example for what it means to give back to the community.