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Volunteer Recap: The Midnight Mission

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As the Office and Culture Associate at Omaze, I often get asked why I love my job. There are so many reasons, but one of my top three favorites is our volunteer opportunities. Not only do I get to plan these amazing activities for our team, but our culture is made up of individuals who are passionate about serving others, and it’s a pleasure to get to work alongside them.
For the month of April, we were fortunate enough to volunteer with The Midnight Mission. Located in Downtown LA in Skid Row, where 1 in 3 residents are homeless, the organization not only provides three daily food services to the homeless, but also drug and alcohol recovery programs, family housing, job training and placement programs. When we visited, we took a tour of the facility, and saw the housing, classrooms, and recreational spaces offered to the men in the recovery program. We also walked through the courtyard that The Midnight Mission offers up as a safe place for people to sleep. It was incredibly inspiring to see.

After we toured the building, we prepared ourselves to serve over 500 Skid Row residents. As soon as we entered the kitchen, we were each given a role. I was in charge of hot dogs since that Wednesday’s menu consisted of Dodger dogs, chili, salad, chips, and leftover Passover cake. Within the hour, everyone had a plate. It was a lot of work feeding so many, and a humbling experience to know that The Midnight Mission does this every day, three times a day.

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April’s Midnight Mission volunteer opportunity has been one of my favorite activities while working at Omaze. Not only was it incredibly humbling to feed the homeless residents of Skid Row (located 25 minutes from our office in Culver City), but it was an exciting opportunity to support a generous and effective organization whose mission is to build a bridge to self-sufficiency and offer the necessities of life to those experiencing homelessness.

I highly recommend doing something like this in your community! It was truly an amazing experience.

-Catherine, Office and Culture Associate

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