Giving to Get on a Sunday with the AfroPunk Army

I hate getting up early on Sunday but when it’s for a great reason I can stand the sleep deprivation. It was a sunshine-filled morning so that made it easier right? I trudged through Sunday subway schedule mayhem to get to Union Square to meet my girlfriends.
My trip was as expected filled with detours and I arrived thirty minutes late, I swear it wasn’t on purpose. I bought the birthday flowers I planned to and headed towards the park. It was filled with the usual crowds, skateboarders, hare-Krishnas chanting, artists painting and champions playing chess. So I texted my friends and met them on the other side of the park, and there was a large crowd of people organizing today’s activities.
What were the activities for the day? Well, my friends and I signed up for homeless outreach in the Union Square Park area. The program was set up by the organizers of the AfroPunk Fest and is named the AfroPunk Army. I was fortunate enough to earn my ticket by doing this day of homeless outreach. On the AfroPunk website, the AfroPunk Army is described as;

The AFROPUNK (AP) ARMY encourages interested festival-goers to be of service by volunteering time, passion & talents to communities citywide. To recognize volunteer efforts, all AP ARMY participants who successfully complete a volunteer project will earn a SINGLE TICKET to AFROPUNK FEST 2015!

Groups of people no less than five hundred split into smaller groups and headed out in different directions walking through lower Manhattan distributing toiletries, sanitary napkins, and information of where homeless people could get more help if they wished.

We were in a group of fifty, mostly young, different races, and all concerned about helping. It was such a good feeling being around people with good intentions. We had political conversations, fun conversations, and distributed supplies until they were all gone. Four foot-throbbing hours later, we had landscaped the East Village to help as many as that wanted help.

In the end, we felt great for doing a little something and earned tickets to AfroPunk Fest. My heart was full and it ignited my willingness to do more volunteer efforts. I’m thinking of what the next one will be. Giving to get on a Sunday, was the aim but I would’ve given even if there was no prize.

Do you join in with volunteer work in your area? What do you do? I’d love to hear about, tell me below in the comments.

Until our next rendezvous…

XOXO

Trudy
Rendezvous en New York

31 thoughts on “Giving to Get on a Sunday with the AfroPunk Army

  1. First, that is awesome that Afro-Punk does that, what a great idea! Secondly, kudos to you and your friends for doing that. I really should do some volunteering. My excuses for not doing so are lame and reading a post like this reminds me how simple it really can be for a mere few hours of work. Thanks for this post.

    1. Thank you. It was easy and we had fun meeting new people and helping. It was very social, I saw lots of new friendships start and I explored the East Village and Alphabet City. The most important part was making the usually invisible people we walk past everyday matter to us. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

        1. It was the best music experience of my life so far. You should definitely plan it. That post is coming up next, unfortunately my camera died that day… So I don’t have the amount of footage I would’ve liked but the performances were top notch, the crowd, the shopping, the food… Anyway next post, haha. Plan for next year, I’m going again.

          1. Cool, I will look forward to the next post:-) This year I think we had other plans, and the year before, when someone I know was performing there I think there was some minor crisis, so 2016 is my year!!!

              1. Every summer I mark off all the free shows happening around town. Don’t go to all of them of course, but try to hit as many as possible, but yeah, I think I may just put a reminder in my phone now about that one 🙂

                  1. You know, Summerstage has gotten to be very disappointing to me in general. I haven’t liked the lineups as much recently. Celebrate Brooklyn has some good ones, and I also look for event spaces that are doing good free ones. Brookfield Place has some good things as well as Lincoln Center

                    1. I haven’t been crazy about Summerstage either this year. Yes, I agree Lincoln Center had stepped up and I haven’t gotten to Brookfield yet but I follow them. It’s beautiful.

                    2. Not really, I guess it would be in the park in Corona, which isn’t accessible to everyone and now they have the night market. I’m sure it’s coming.

                    3. Oh everything will be coming to Queens now! If only I could get one bar near our apartment. As in like around the corner. As in when I want to stop after work without having to walk for 15 minutes which I do now! Love my quiet neighborhood but can we have at least one bar? LOL…sorry that was a rant!

                    4. Ha ha, I have nothing around me which is why I travel everywhere. But I understand your rant. But your pub crawls wouldn’t be as fun.

                    5. True. That was just with some friends, but it was fun, even though we bailed on Bohemian Beer Garden because it was chilly.Don’t get me wrong, I love our new neighborhood and the quiet is wonderful, not to mention having a breeze and hearing the birds. But there is a large building going up near us so I know it won’t be long before some of that changes.

                    6. No I missed the memo on that one. I was too busy shopping for normal size jeans whilst eating food not from a gastropub, and drinking a non-craft beer while listening to a brilliant Norwegian Daft Punk meets Grateful Dead electro house dub group on my $250 headphones!

  2. Thanks for writing about your good experience. My husband and I haven’t gotten involved with volunteer work since we moved. We did keep two neighborhood children when their sitter withdrew. I used to direct our church choir on Long Island.

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