First Year Trip

Having Fun While Serving Thousands in Washington D.C.

IMG_3552At Food and Friends the Bonners all bonded. We had an amazing time working together packaging hundreds of bags of food that were specialized for families. We were able to get to see each of our leadership styles and they all worked seamlessly together. We made new friends with the employees at Food and Friends. They enjoyed our company
and appreciated our help.

The HPU Bonner Leaders were just some of the thousands of people who volunteer there year round. Food and Friends serves about 1,000,000 clients per year and knowing we were able to help serve them and the surrounding community was a wonderful feeling. We truly became a family during this service project.

We also completed service at N-Street, which is a woman’s homeless shelter. We helped run the Clothing Drive for their clients. It was a wonderful experience because we were able to build rapports with strong women who are trying to get back on their feet. I was grateful to be a part of such a service learning project. From personal experience I know what it feels like to have to climb your way back to the top. This service project was a stepping stone for these women to create better lives for themselves, and being a part of it was an absolute honor.

IMG_3568Our Bonner Family explored the historic city of D.C. We were guests of the North Carolina Senator, Richard Burr. So, we were able to get a special tour of the Capital and also met with Senator Burr.


Waiting to meet with NC State Senator Burr

During our free time we visited a great amount of monuments, and of course, the White House! As you can see, I made it a point to go to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of Man.

We all had a blast and we were able to really bond together on this week long trip. It made us closer and I am grateful to have been given this opportunity. Not only did we have fun, but we were able to serve a handful of people. This trip was an overall wonderful experience and I am truly honored to be a Bonner Leader.