More than 500 local folks, as well as a few outsiders, came together to participate in the Love Madera event held Saturday. I was one of the outsiders. It seems that my daughter and my granddaughter had agreed to volunteer for whatever was needed, and I couldn’t be left out, so I tagged along to see what Love Madera was all about.
(I do love Madera, in that I already volunteer in a Madera kindergarten class as much as my travel budget will allow, since I am retired and live in Fresno.)
We arrived at Courthouse Park and immediately spotted many friends (and some family) who were willing to give of their time and energies for the betterment of the community. Inasmuch as my daughter had not chosen a project prior to Saturday morning, we were encouraged to find our own choice which happened to be the Madera Rescue Mission. Not knowing much about the Rescue Mission, we were eager to know what our assignment would be. The director and chaplain of the Mission were on hand to greet us, give a brief overview of their operation, and welcome us to deliver our labors which we did eagerly and with willing hearts.
Chaplain Don Caballero guided us on a tour of the facility, explained their contribution to the community and led us to our assignment: Painting a vacant family apartment that needed a bit of sprucing up. There, we were greeted by Henry Cruz who gave us the rudiments of painting and the appropriate equipment. We quickly ventured into our assignment.
I worked as hard as a 72-year-old grammy could work, but not as hard as my industrious daughter and granddaughter. We were served lunch prepared by the Mission kitchen, then back to the painting we went.
It was indeed, a fulfilling and rewarding experience. It made me glad to contribute once again. Giving back to one’s community is not only the gracious thing to do, it makes our world a better place, gives enormous satisfaction in a job well done, and relieves some of the pressures that non-profit community-based facilities face every day.
Thank you, Madera, for allowing me to enjoy a grand and glorious Saturday.