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Impact: DC Through the Eyes of Nicole Fratkin

Posted on 07/20/2011 @ 06:45 PM

Impact DC has truly been amazing so far. Last year I was fortunate to be able to attend Impact Boston so I knew I’d have fun in DC, but I didn’t think I’d be having this much fun. The people are incredible, the city is filled with new experiences, and my service site is inspiring. I have been volunteering at a place called “A Wider Circle.” They are a non-profit that gives away the necessary items to fill a home to those recently transitioning from homeless shelters to real homes. On our first day, a little boy came into the toy section of which I was managing. He had never had a toy of his own before. I can’t even articulate the excitement and joy in his eyes as he picked out a fire engine, books, and legos to take home. What hit me even harder was the fact that he had never had a bed to sleep in before. This little boy’s life will now be changed because of the immense passion and generosity of “A Wider Circle.” The staff here is also wonderful. They lead sessions every other day where we discuss Jewish texts and the connection to the service and social action we are doing. I would write a page about this program, but I am about to go play basketball! I am so glad I decided to come and thank everyone who made this experience possible.

Nicole Fratkin, Richmond, VA

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