12/4/11 Opening Event at the SHARE Warehouse
by Samantha G.
We started our day at the SHARE Warehouse. I learned that almost 200,000 families in Philadelphia alone are food insecure. This means that they do not know if they will be provided with their next meal, or where it will come from. I admit, shamefully, that I had thought most people battling food insecurities were products of being raised in poverty, and they did not know how to improve their situations. However, for many, many families, this is not the case. There are families in the SHARE program come from a background with college degrees, nice jobs, homes, and children whom happen to run into bad luck.
Stepping back, I realized how fortunate I am because I can relate to those people. Were it not for my dad’s hard work and early planning before he passed away, my family could have been a number in the count. With that in mind, I was more eager to get involved and help out. Our jobs involved shuffling cases of food over to be boxed and packaged. It was a great team building activity in addition to a great social action event.
We “divided and conquered” and were able to box up lots of food for families in Greater Philadelphia and beyond. It’s great to know that while these families are battling many stresses such as job loss, they can focus on rebuilding their lives, rather than worrying about their next meal.
12/4/11 Inaugural Reception Honoring the Class of '12
The inaugural reception was spectacular! After a nice morning of helping out at SHARE and getting to know one another a little better, we all traveled back to Gratz College for the reception. We all dressed to impress, looking as "money" as we possibly could, and seated ourselves in the reception room. One of the first pleasant surprises of the day was the seating arrangements. Because all of our parents were present, I expected everyone to sit divided with their families. However, we got in that room, and took up two tables of our own, sitting amongst ourselves (after all, this is a new family for all of us). This was also a great way for the parents to get to know one another. We heard a few speeches from Ross M. Levy and Annie Wynn, followed by a speech from an alumna, Jenny Freed, followed by speeches from Regina Lennox and Ed Satell.
After we snacked on cookies and learned more about the program, we (the Fellows) went into a board room where we got to speak with Ed Satell privately. We asked him questions about his life and learned about his successes and failures. He also discussed his inspiration for creating the dozens of programs he has made to help others. Mr. Satell undoubtedly deserved the Humanitarian of the Year award which he was given. After the meeting with Mr. Satell, we had another private discussion with Regina Lennox; Ms. Lennox gave us more insight on some of the programs sponsored by Mr. Satell. She also gave us great tips on interviewing the POI's, people of interest, we will be meeting throughout the year. After this informative reception, we really got a grip on the amazing experience we, the Satell Teen Fellowship, would have throughout the year!
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