My partner is @Lauren Jang (Charles Best), and she and I decided to Volunteer for the Coquitlam Farmer's Market. Our core values were Helping and Tolerance, and we are very excited to volunteer for something that supports these values.
1.) Briefly describe what you have done so far related to your action.
Lauren and I have been in frequent contact with the Volunteering Coordinator, Sarah, and have got a firm grasp on exactly what to anticipate. As I volunteered with them last year, I somewhat knew what to expect before; however, as this is new to Lauren, she attended a Volunteer Orientation (which she described to me in great detail) where she got the run-down on what to look forward to. As the market does not open until this coming Sunday, we have not physically volunteered yet. However, we are both eager and ready to help at the market this weekend.
2.) What are some challenges that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process? How have you overcome them?
A big challenge we faced (as described in most of our previous posts on this volunteering process) was narrowing down to just one organization we could volunteer with. From there, once we had decided on the Farmer's Market, it was a bit challenging because we contacted Sarah right as the Markets were changing over. Within the Coquitlam Farmer's Market, there is a Summer Market (which we are helping with) and a Winter Market. We talked to Sarah two weeks before the Winter Market closed and the Summer Market opened, so we had to wait a little while before we could get into action. There was no real method to overcome this difficulty, we just had to be patient. If anything, this downtime gave us time to fully process everything we were about to get ourselves into, so maybe it was a good thing.
3.) What are some successes that you and/or your group has faced throughout this action process?
As Lauren mentioned, we have not physically taken action with the Farmer's Market yet, so we have not had real major successes yet. A little victory is that we were able to coordinate when, where, and how we would volunteer with the Farmer's Market. However, we are excited to start having some successes as soon as this Sunday!
4.) Think about a specific time/example during your action (volunteer, charity, whatever you have decided on doing) that you feel specifically relates back to your group's shared values (from the values questionnaire activity). Describe this example and why you feel it touched on your most important value(s).
As there are many jobs and tasks with the Farmer's Market, there is much to tie in with our shared values of tolerance and helping. An example that ties directly into our values is helping with the Kids' Craft Table. With kids, it is so important to teach them tolerance from a young age. Something as simple as another kid using the purple felt when you want it is nothing to throw a tantrum over. Moreover, if someone is painting something that another think looks worse/better than their own artwork, that's nothing to be frustrated over. One can tolerate how their own work looks in comparison to others'. Furthermore, we can help kids with general manners--being tolerant of how others look, offering help to one another if someone is confused, sharing, and much more.
A core value of the Market is teaching healthy, sustainable eating. That means helping the community eat locally grown, healthy, and farm-grown crops. By working with the market, we are helping to raise up a healthy community that helps local farmers, bakers, and craftsmen, so a community that supports itself.
That's all for this reply! Lauren and I will update you all once we have volunteered this weekend. We are very excited to help support our community :-)