Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Poop-tastic learning experience!!

Here at The Mustard Seed we believe in all types of community involvement. Last week we were asked to volunteer at this science walk for kids at The Cherokee School. After we were given the daunting task of teaching kids about their hearts I asked myself questions like "what if the kids don't like me?..what if I run out of things to talk about..what if I'm no longer the coolest kid in school?!" [that last one was a joke]. Mainly I pondered, "Why didn't we get assigned to the poop table?!"
Poop Table:(noun) 1. a wooden slab supported by four posts around which children gather to make edible poop 2. the fun table.
Lo Lesson #2:
Sometimes taking a step outside of your comfort zone can seem like a scary thing, other times it can seem like a stinky one. If given the opportunity to help your neighbor, take it! Children often learn the most while having fun and you'd be suprised how rewarding it can be to spend some quality time with the younger generations. Do you know a kid who could use a few laughs?

If so, here is the recipe for fun..and by fun I mean poop in a bowl:

Go with the flow make poop with your little friends today!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

RIP Flat Iron

Greetings Blog Readers!
My name is Lauren but I’ll go by Lo so no one will get confused with Laura/Lauren intern confusion madness. I’m the newest at The Mustard Seed and the past three days have been pretty interesting to say the least! I’m working with a crazy (in a good way) group of people that are genuinely passionate about helping their neighbors. It’s really inspiring to see so many people within the community come together for such an awesome cause!

I’ve decided to leave a “Lo Lesson” at the bottom of every blog entry so here you go.
Lo Lesson #1: When your favorite and most essential flat iron decides to stop working you may feel alone, scared, and frazzled (like your frizzy and untamed hair). However there is a light at the end of the tunnel: within the cord that once supplied life to your precious tool of beauty lies precious metal that can be recycled! Today at The Mustard Seed I literally ‘cut the cord’ and tossed it into the nearly full recycling bin.
You too can bring in your old and broken appliances to be recycled. End your emotional roller coaster of goodbye on a peak! Recycle your used electrical appliances today!

RIP Flat Iron 8/12/06 – 12/8/10.
Until next time.. peace out!

Friday, December 3, 2010

We Love Our Community

Moving Forward with the help of others:
An Analysis of the Partnerships of The Mustard Seed Furniture & Clothing Bank of Central Florida

Above is a link to a masters thesis paper written by Shameika Daye, MPA. She is a student at The University of Central Florida, studying in the Department of Public Administration in the College of Health and Public Affairs. In her thesis, she focuses on analyzing how we, at The Mustard Seed, utilize our community relationships to help fufill our mission.

It's true! We rely heavily on the help of others within the Central Florida community in order to do what we do.

Our warehouse depends on the volunteers who come in daily and generously give of their time.
Volunteers from BB&T helped out in August.
Hands On Orlando volunteers helped us out in the warehouse in November! These volunteers created "dish-packs" for Mustard Seed clients.
We work together with other organizations in the community to help raise awareness about our cause!
In November, Lindsay and Jennifer, staff members at The Mustard Seed, recieved a tour of the paper recycling center at Andes Fiber & Paper.
The Kiwanis Club of orlando supports The Mustard Seed!

A big thank you to Shameika for acknowledging what we do and how important our community relationships truly are here at The Mustard Seed!

We will no longer be utilizing Paper Retriever as a recycling partner. But have no fear! We will still be recycling our paper and will continue to provide a place for the community to recycle theirs.