Project Homeless Connect: Free Book Library
Today I volunteered at Project Homeless Connect's Free Books Library. Over 200 volunteers took over the Bill Graham Civic auditorium to offer an impressive range of services to the homeless including: vision exams / reading glasses, social security cards and other documentation, medical / dental screenings, hair cuts, massages, addiction recovery, photography, lunch, legal council, and, of course, free books! I left wishing, hoping that someday these sorts of services could always be made available to all U.S. citizens in an easily accessible, central location. I also felt inspired that so many people were willing to lend their time to help others. At our station, a stretch of 7 tables covered in books, we had four volunteers. A large part of our time was spent sorting over 500 books into categories and helping people find books of interest. Categories included: Spiritual, Memoir, Murder, Classics, Vintage, Poetry, Spanish, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Dogs & Cats (there was also a subcategory for fish), Romance, Self-Help, Children's, and Vampires (yes, these were so numerous and so sought after that they eventually received their own cateogory).