Core Virtues

The Warmth of Community

Written by Heidi Blythe (Class of 2022)
Photography and Filming by Naomi Seng (Class of 2022)
Video by Amy Liu (Class of 2023)

On Saturday, November 27th, the Community Service Club (CSC) continued their years-long practice of bringing homemade meals to the local homeless during Thanksgiving Break. Thrilled to be able to help and spread the warmth of community in Ukiah, the members had already acquired donations from generous parents. They would be making their signature dish of tomato pasta for dinner, piping-hot and ready to eat in packed lunch-boxes.

The popping of sizzling oil and aroma of sweet tomatoes and olive oil filled the kitchen as the members began their work. They had to make fifty dishes in two hours with only three members so time was tight. The girls bustled around the kitchen, performing their assigned tasks as swiftly and carefully as possible alongside the ticking clock.

Beyond Meat burgers were mashed apart and poured over with tomato sauce, cooked penne noodles were drizzled in olive oil and finally portioned out into containers topped with mozzarella cheese. As the last minute trickled away, the chefs stood back and admired their handiwork: fifty boxes of joy ready to deliver.

At 4:00 pm, the CSC members loaded the pasta into the van along with juice and chips. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, they couldn’t hand out the containers personally, but even so, the members hoped that their small act of goodwill would flow into the receiver’s hearts and warm them for the coming winter.