Schools are some of the best hosts for Servants With a Heart packing events.
Students who participate learn about the importance of healthy eating in their own lives and how the meals they pack provide nutrition for the children who receive it. The packing event also allows children to experience teamwork and generosity first-hand. An event like this is a great way for your children to learn all of these skills and to give back.
In what ways do you want your children to know more about volunteering and service? How are you instilling these values in your family?
You may be wondering if there is more you can do to further along Servants with a Heart’s goals to nourish children locally and globally.Joining the leadership team is a primary way to get more involved with a cause that you care about. Keep reading to see if taking the next step may be right for you.
Have you ever wanted to build a stronger team? Have you ever wondered how you can do that? A Huffington Post article titled “Why Volunteering is good for your Business” states that employees are twice as likely to rate the company culture as “very positive” at companies with volunteer programs, and a volunteer-oriented environment is better for the overall health of the company. By choosing to volunteer together, the overall atmosphere of the company becomes more positive while giving back to their community and other parts of the world.
Servants with a Heart visited the Duke University campus on January 28, 2017 to pack 50,000 meals for hungry children in Nicaragua.
Edward Dixon, Director for the Center for Christianity and Scholarship and Katie Owen, Presbyterian Campus Minister at Duke University discuss in the video below their experience partnering with two-time graduate, Jeffrey Yoh and his wife, Suzanne Yoh through Servants with a Heart.
Jeffrey Yoh said, "As someone who graduated from Duke University (twice!), I appreciate being able to pack food at my alma mater and influence students like Amy to continue a pattern of service.”
Suzanne Yoh added, “We have been involved with the Center for Christianity and Scholarship over the past few years and love how the organization brings together a wide assortment of Duke students to learn and serve."
Thank you to Amy Whisenand, a 3rd year doctoral student (ThD) in New Testament, for providing this reflection on her experience with Servants with a Heart.
I showed up with a friend from my church and from the Graduate Christian Fellowship. When we walked into the gymnasium, we didn’t see anyone we knew—and even if we had known people there, we probably wouldn’t have recognized them because everyone was covered in a hair net. An undergraduate shyly came over to us to greet us and offer us our own hair nets.
Putting on the hair net did the first work of transformation—we went from being strangers to being part of a team, focused on the goal of packing meals. The green-hair-netted people came around and got the teams of our new friends oriented to the tasks at hand. We scooped, weighed, sealed, and packed (always making sure that rice went last!) together for a couple hours. We settled into a rhythm of scooping and weighing, making the second transformation of disparate ingredients into a meal. We marked time by the announcement of how many boxes were packed until we met our goal.
Perhaps I enjoyed the surprise and the “strangeness” of teamwork the most. We came together from different campus groups and churches, some of us not knowing each other. The majority of us will not meet the people who receive these meals. And yet those of us in that gymnasium knew we showed up with a shared purpose—packing meals—and a shared commitment—care of the poor and the stranger in the name of Christ. The experience was a reminder of how Christians are caught in Christ’s net, and, this time, it looked like a hair net.
Father Rodel's report about a parish that was hard hit by Hurricane Matthew. The Village is on the Southwest Coast of Haiti that was devastated and the Missionaries of the Poor reached out to help them. The were using the prepacked meals sent from St Matthew's Food Packing July event.
Servants with a Heart was featured in South Charlotte Weekly. Check out more about Suzanne & Jeffrey Yoh's organization as one of Charlotte's Top 10 Non Profits to Know!
Kicking off Fall meal packing at Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
Million meal weekend 2016 marked an historic weekend for Servants with a Heart and its founders, Suzanne & Jeffrey Yoh.