A Hand’s On Approach to Giving Back: Our Night at The Children’s Inn
On June 8th, Dominion Consulting employees cooked dinner for the families that are currently living at The Children’s Inn at National Institutes of Health (NIH). For those of you that don’t know, The Children’s Inn is a non-profit dedicated to providing “a place like home” for children and their families participating in clinical research at NIH. Coming to NIH is a last, best hope for treatment or a cure for many of them.
A couple of weeks before the dinner, a few of us met to decide on a menu to feed 65 people. We chose to go with taco night plus an ice cream sundae bar for dessert. Our group thought this would give the kids lots of fun options! We made a grocery list and on the day of the dinner, 3 of us met at the store to gather ingredients. The day started with the biggest Costco trip I could ever imagine (and a side trip to the grocery store for the extra stuff we needed). From there, we were off to The Children’s Inn to meet up with the other volunteers and start cooking.
As employees of a consulting firm, we don’t get to spend much time together unless we’re on the same team. This was a wonderful opportunity to really get to know some of the people that I’ve met briefly. We laughed and truly enjoyed each other’s company throughout the evening. We worked together to chop veggies, cook meat, warm tortillas and taco shells, as well as set up the buffet table. After all of that, we were ready to go!
Making a Difference
At 5:50 p.m., families started to arrive. We were met with chants of “Tacos, Tacos, Tacos”. It was easy to see that we were already making a difference in these children’s lives. We chatted with families, served food, and joked with some of the children. These families are going through the worst of times. They are emotionally and physically exhausted. However, they made sure to express how thankful they were that we could take one thing off their to-do list.
I left there exhausted. More importantly though, I left there with an amazing feeling of accomplishment. There is truly nothing like knowing you made a difference for someone else. This embodies the spirit of Dominion, a company I am proud to be a part of.
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