On Monday July 27, 2016 the Community Services Committee volunteered during the dinner service at Inspiration Café, a restaurant for the homeless, where men and women can sit down, order off a menu and be served. Inspiration Café is part of Inspiration Corporation who provide services to the participants beyond simply meals to include case management, supportive services, housing, and a food skills training program Inspiration Kitchens.
Guests were greeted with fresh flower leis donated by Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, dining room decorated with Hawaiian themed tablecloths and potted flowers. Our servers worked the room, serving and engaging our guests during the service while wearing hula skirts and leis to compliment the theme. We also had volunteers rocking the kitchen assisting on the preparation of the 4 course dinner to be served. Committee volunteers donated 120 sunscreens given out as parting gifts and delicious cookies and brownies for dessert and beverages.
Thanks to Anne Lilly at 360 Destination Group and Becca Kauffman at Beat Mix Music our guests enjoyed 2 hours of live music by Max, a solo guitarist. Not only was he a great musician but he was kind to all the guest who praised his talent. Both volunteers and guests had a great time.
The next day after our event Janine Graziano, Individual Giving Manager for Inspiration Corporation emailed us this note "Thank you SO much for putting together this incredible event and providing a lovely meal and experience for our participants. We are so thankful for the support, and everything that went into this truly upheld our mission to serve the homeless and low-income population in an atmosphere of dignity and respect."
If you haven't had the chance to volunteer yet, I would strong suggest you do if your schedule allows. You won't regret it.
Aileen Laracuente, is a Senior Brand Sales Manager for Meet Puerto Rico. She is dedicated and attentive, providing her clients with all the resources necessary to ensure that their group's visit to the Island is a complete success and working hard to introduce Puerto Rico to new ones.
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Kathy Dever from Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and Troy Karnoff with Arena Americas waiting to greet our guests.
Matt the Guitarist who performed for 2 hours for our guests.
Our stylish servers.
Kathy Dever from Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and Rhonda Chesney from Four Seasons engross in conversation with one of our guest.
Quick picture of the crew before our guests arrived.