WASHINGTON – Forty-five volunteers came to the Church of the Epiphany Saturday night to lend helping hands to homeless people for the National Day of Service. The Youth Service Opportunities Project worked with the Dartmouth Club of Washington,D.C. to organize the event.
The volunteers prepared a meatloaf dinner for an expected 40 to 50 people that also included mashed potatoes,coleslaw and garlic bread. Cupcakes and ice cream were available for dessert,along with popcorn and crackers.
Sarah DeGrandpre,the D.C. program director for YSOP,said there are 6,000 to10,000 homeless people in Washington. The group does an event similar to this every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day,including four years ago before the inauguration.
President Barack Obama has encouraged Americans to perform community service projects on the MLK holiday weekend.
Kathleen McConahay,57,came from Bloomington,Ind.,for the inauguration and decided to volunteer on the Day of Service while she’s in town.
“I’m expecting to meet new people and be of service,” said McConahay,who came with a friend who is a Dartmouth graduate. McConahay attended Obama’s inauguration four years ago.
YSOP will offer another dinner for homeless people Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of Epiphany.
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