More than 40 volunteers gathered at Rengstorrf Park on Sunday, September 9 for the Day Worker Center’s Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. It was a beautiful afternoon filled with delicious food including pupusas, tamales, salad, rice, beans, corn and cookies. In addition to the wonderful meal prepared by the workers, the party had plenty of music, love and laughter.
Volunteers were treated to a lovely cover of the Beatles’ classic “Yesterday” and “Imagine” by volunteers Evelyn and Naomi, whom DWC director Maria Marroquin introduced, explaining that on a recent day when she was working in her office she heard a sound so magical she thought it was angels singing and wondered if she had gone to heaven.
After the duo finished their performance, Erwin (guitarist), Efren (drummer) and Francisco (sound technician), performed a moving Argentinian song that Maria noted held special meaning and spoke to the center’s mission: “This song is a call to how our brothers and sisters are in pain.”
Addressing the dozens of volunteers sitting at the picnic tables, Maria continued, “I believe you really understand the message because it’s what you do, it’s what you have been doing for so many years at the center. You have been paying attention to people who are less fortunate than you, people who have come here with a lot of struggles and you help them in different ways to succeed.”
Each volunteer was sent home with a thank-you card and a lovely jar of lemon marmalade, handcrafted by the workers, small tokens of their enormous gratitude.
The DWCMV thrives because of its volunteers. Volunteering is a valuable investment in the community that enriches the lives of all involved. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us at http://www.dayworkercentermv.org/volunteer/signup.php