We met at the office, with a catered event (hooray Two Guys for Lunch!), and had a chance to meet the other volunteers who work with people in our community. These are direct services. These are people we reach by actually touching them, no OCCUPY stuff here, by sharing our time, energy, or humanity. It doesn't take much.
Visiting someone, to bring them a hot meal, is important, as we are the link between the individual and the community. We have the opportunity to ensure that the client is healthy and well.
What always mystifies me is that the people employed to do this work, have worked hard to reward and recognize those of us who volunteer. This adds to their workload, when, indeed, I feel we are trying to ameliorate it!