For my last 5 hours of service, I decided to do the Reciprocity at home. My mom loves to do yard work and have the yard looking pretty but recently she has not been able to keep it up and many plants have been neglected. So for my last 5 hours I decided it would be nice to do some yard work for my mom and make our backyard space feel clean and fresh. At first I didn't think much of it and thought it was going to be a hassle but suprisingly I had a lot of fun cleaning up the back yard and plants. It was sort of calming and vert peaceful to be back there tending to the plants. RIght away when I finished one of the plants my mom was able to see the difference and she was so happy about them being fixed. It took me a couple days to finish trimming these plants since they weren't trimmed for a while and growing out crazy. In the end, I would love to keep helping my mom with the yard work and will probably do more on my own. I guess it will be sort of a new hobby of mine to tend to the plants in our yard.
Another service I volunteered at was with the Latino Latina Roundtable. I went to there very first event Dia de Nine which was a little event to help educate the community of Pomona about gender nuetrality. At the event our booth was a check in and had the information about the event and what gender neutrality was about. After that they would get a passport slip so they can go and visit the other booths as well. At the other booths people will be able to learn more about gay pride, the enviroment and other important things for the community. It was a great experince for everyone including me. They had free food and drinking for people and also had free toys for kids. They had music and pinatas for the kids to hit for candy.
For their first event it went really well and was a great turn out. There was around 200 people who attened the event and I am glad I was able to help set up and talk to people attending the event. Setting up was actually fun and we set up tables, chairs and put up decorations to make the event look nice and festive. It was a lot more fun than I expected it to be. Everyone was super nice and hepful when I had questions or needed help. They treated us as if we were apart of Latino Latino Roundtable and that was really nice.
I did 6 of my hours on different days at the prison library in Claremont and it was a really cool experience. I wish I was able to get more time there. When I was there, everyone was nice and showed me exactly what I had to do. My role there was to wrap books and put the address sticker once I finished. It was easy work to do but very nice to know I was doing it for a reason. It was nice to know that I was wrapping these books for a prisoner to have something to do in their free time. Wrapping the books was a little hard becuase I wanted the book wrapping to look perfect and neat but there was no way of cutting the pieces once they were given to me so. So I had to work with what I was given. Other than that the experince was great.
Sometimes I felt bad wrapping the books that were given becuase I knew the people getting them would not like them such as getting a photography book or a dictionary. I could be completly wrong and they asked for those books or they are okay with what they got. I would love to continue doing this service on my free time and help wrap books for them. Knowing I'm making a difference in someones life and helping them in probably their worst time makes me happy. Before going to this service, I had no clue how many people in prison would enjoy reading but it makes sense too becuase they don't have much else to do. I am glad there is a service avaible to provide books to them and they are able to request certain books or genres.