Some 15 volunteers gathered in the spirit of service this Saturday, not sure of their task but ready to be put to work in any way necessary. When arriving at the IRC (International Rescue Committee) in Los Angeles, we were greeted by an employee who gave a brief talk about the general purpose of the organization and what role Be The Cause has and will play in that establishment. Our objective was to paint two rooms in the building in order to make the building more aesthetically pleasing, professional and welcoming to the refugees as they arrive.
As the volunteers were put to work, there was of course an expected fun and positive energy in the room. Getting lost in the work, the time seemed to fly by with a feeling of productivity. Breaking for pizza while paint dried for a second coat, volunteers discussed their thoughts of volunteer work and giving back to the community. When gathering at the end of the day, all involved seemed to agree that this opportunity was gratifying, and that everyone was looking forward to an ongoing relationship with the IRC.