A few weeks ago, Attorney Jeffrey G. Marsocci and Office Assistant Mackenzie Patton worked with the North Carolina State University Circle K, members of the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh, and other Kiwanis Family programs to clean up and beautify Raleigh’s Lion’s Park. Working in crews of three or four, volunteers spreading mulch around the park, particularly the playground and community center areas.

“It was great to have a day of working with my Circle Kers from NC State, other Circle Kers from other clubs, Kiwanians, Key Clubbers, and Builders Club members,” Jeff said. “With more than 40 volunteers, we managed to shovel and spread hundreds of pounds of mulch. I was also happy to see so many Builders Club members, who are middle school students, helping with the clean-up part of the workday alongside some Kiwanis members. We could probably have done more, but the park was extremely busy that day and there was a lot we couldn’t get to in the parking lot. Maybe next time.”

After the park project, Jeff went to lunch with the Circle K members from NC State, Duke, and Meredith College at A Place at the Table, a pay-what-you-can restaurant. “I really wanted to see what the restaurant was all about because the Circle K members mentioned wanting to volunteer,” Jeff said. “It really was a great concept. Instead of rejecting as customers people who normally wouldn’t be able to afford to eat out, A Place at the Table allows people to pay what they can. They can pay the menu price, pay a little more, pay for an additional meal that can be given out later, or pay what you can even if it is less than the menu price. Rather than sending people to soup kitchens if they can’t afford the meal, they are allowed to eat there with dignity.”

NC State Circle K is a sponsored program of The Kiwanis Club of Raleigh and meets most Tuesdays during the academic year. Lion’s Park and Community Center is located at 516 Dennis Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27604. A Place at the Table is located at 300 W. Hargett Street, Suite 50, Raleigh, NC and you can find more information at https://tableraleigh.org/.

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