“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa
I started volunteering at TASK because I have always believed that even small acts of kindness can make a big difference in the lives of patrons. I wanted to help people who needed it most, starting with the most basic necessity of life – food.
My name is Ayushi Jain, and I am the Co-President of Teens For TASK. I’ve always been someone who loves making people smile and laugh, and when I first saw TASK patrons, I was overcome with the determination to change their lives in any way that I could.
Every time I am at TASK, it warms my heart to give a tray of warm food to a little kid, a grandma, a sister, and see them smile and say,
I realized that we all take too many basic necessities for granted, and I have become more thankful for what I have. I am thankful for the soup kitchen, the Teens For TASK team, and all of the volunteers and coordinators at TASK. And I am thankful for all of the resources I have in my life, which I now use with more care and cognizance.
I once saw a little boy walk into TASK. He was relatively quiet, for a preschool-aged boy – he did not speak or run around or jump like other little boys. I just saw his gray little eyes look up at me, asking for a tray of food. This moment was the most impactful experience I have had so far in my entire volunteering experience at TASK.
Recently, on Halloween, TASK hosted a Halloween Party for all of its patrons, and the amount of spirit and enthusiasm that I saw at the event was beyond my imagination. Despite difficulties in their lives, they appreciated what they have and smiled through it all. They taught me how to appreciate the little things in life.
Volunteering as part of a group has also made my volunteering experience more rewarding because the other board members are phenomenal, passionate, and proactive about their ideas to raise awareness for TASK and help out in any way possible. Volunteering at TASK has immensely influenced me because I was able to give back and help people who needed it, and I know that I will ultimately make a difference.
Everyone can make a difference in a community near us, so I would like to strongly encourage everyone to volunteer at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Each and every one of us can make a difference, small or large.