A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life of a Sycamore House Corps Member (Grace Sinopoli, 2016-2017)

Monday through Thursday:

  • 7:00 am: Wake up, get dressed and ready for the day.
  • 7:30 am: Head to the kitchen to grab some breakfast and pack my lunch if I haven’t already. I say good morning to my housemates (fellow corps members) who are doing the same, and we chat about our days (depending on how awake we are).
  • 8:00 am: Leave for work. My housemate Sarah and I carpool to our offices, which are close to each other and about 10-15 minutes away from the Sycamore House. I always enjoy the time together on our way to and from work. Other corps members drive on their own, or take public transit options.
  • 8:30 am: Arrive at the Feeding Pennsylvania office and plan out my tasks for the day. These include: responding to emails and writing blog posts, attending events in the community with my supervisor, and calls or meetings with Food Banks and other organizations. I take breaks here and there to talk with co-workers or go for my daily mid-day walk outside. It’s great to know that whatever each day entails, it’s with the mission of fighting hunger in Pennsylvania.
  • 4:30 pm: Sarah picks me up after we both finish work, and we head back to the Sycamore House. As with the schedules, each corps member has a different work environment and type of service they are doing, so I love getting home and hearing about everyone’s days.
  • 5:30 pm: After work, I love to go for a walk or run along the river, or go work out at the YMCA a few blocks away. Others might be found doing the same, or doing whatever they like to do in our neighborhood!
  • 7:00 pm: Depending on the day of the week, we might have our weekly house dinner and meeting together, our community dinner that we host (welcoming anyone from the community), one-on-one meetings with Heather, or no specific plans. We often tend to congregate in the dining or living room, naturally flocking together for some silly or serious conversation. We all have our own rooms this year, so anyone who needs to is also able to have some introverted time in the evenings.
  • 9:00 pm: If we have something like community dinner or a house meeting going on, we’re usually finished for the evening by about 9, leaving plenty of time to relax and rest. The next morning, it’s time for another great day as a Sycamore House corps member!

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