by Peyton Gordon '19
After the 25-minute drive, I muscle my way out of the back seat of my mom’s station wagon (because I, of course, can’t drive) and wipe the tears from my eyes. I stand up, take a deep breath, and walk towards the door. I pass a staff member donning an aggressive smile and a “pOVERty” t shirt.
“Hi, and welcome to A Wider Circle.”
Let it be known: I hate A Wider Circle. From running into too many people, to the smell, I am just not a fan.
However, my hatred, embarrassing encounters, and back braces aside, AWC is a wonderful organization that serves the DMV community. My family has donated many items, and I spent many hours volunteering there this summer. Though it was objectively un-fun, I recognize their productivity and support for many families.
Is it person-to-person? Though many think that spending hours folding linens or moving furniture in a basement does not qualify as person-to-person, my opinion is that: yeah, it is. I’ve found myself both helping a girl find the toy for which she is looking and sporting a back-brace to put cardboard boxes into a car. At AWC, it’s easy to feel like you are not helping others when you’re fulfilling your domestic duties as a woman in the basement — folding clothes and wiping lamps (angel in the house, you know) — but those jobs are just as necessary for the overall productivity of the organization to complete their person-to-person mission. Simply, since AWC is a place where volunteers truly help families by organizing, transporting, and fixing homegoods, it is person-to-person service.
Please don’t cancel my hours.