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Reprinted from A Taste of TASK March 2005


One day, a number of years ago, I received a call from the woman who scheduled my church's monthly T.A.S.K. volunteers. She was unexpectedly short a server and would I consider helping out "just this once?"

How could I say no? I haven't worked "for pay" since my son was born, enjoying the freedom to do those things that enrich my life in many ways, and my volunteer work tops that list. So I went down to T.A.S.K. for the first time on a Tuesday morning, donned a hair net, plastic apron and latex gloves and started working on the lunch line.

It's amazing how a small change in one's schedule on one particular day can impact one's life so dramatically. I know that it would have been easy for me to say, "Oh, I'm so sorry, I'd love to, but I can't." If I had, I wouldn't have met the dedicated men and women who cook the food, give out the meal tickets, wash the dishes, mop the floors and wipe down the tables. I wouldn't have seen the amazing art on the walls, witnessed the tutors helping adults to learn how to read or prepare to take the GED. I wouldn't have had a clue that there were patrons active in the computer program who had learned enough about computing to give ME lessons! Most of all, I would have never known how many wonderful people find their way to T.A.S.K. every day, to enjoy a healthy meal with no questions asked.

I felt an instant rapport with everyone. I knew that it was only by chance of birth or a twist of fate that I was on my side of the lunch line and they on theirs. I found myself coming back over and over, walking in and asking, "What can I do?" I washed dishes, served meals and handed out "extras." I eventually found my niche, working in the back room, making hygiene bags for the patrons who need them.

I love T.A.S.K. because T.A.S.K. is a place where love changes people.

Jennifer Zeigler

Jennifer Zeigler
Jennifer Zeigler (right) tutoring a student in TASK's Adult Education Program

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