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Field Report: Cafe Reconcile – Shang Wu

This month has been an especially busy one as our newly developed volunteer system was put to the test from the get-go, our staff had been reduced so everyone received some extra workload, and we hosted an unusually high number of organizations in our Emeril Lagasse Foundation (ELF) room to draw in potential donors and further cement current ones. Alongside that, we got the chance to celebrate another great graduation with our wonderful class 3 students.

IMG_1224Class 3 silly group photo!

Starting from September 6th all the way to December 6th, Tulane’s brand new Yulman Football Stadium has been the host of the Tulane Green Wave football team’s home games. This span of 4 months includes a total of 6 home games in which Cafe Reconcile can send in volunteers to man concession stands, alcohol stalls, and cash registers during the game. Part of the proceeds generated from sales will go directly to Cafe Reconcile. During the first two games, we have already seen rough patches in attracting volunteers to come out on a Saturday, however, we now have a list of volunteers that we can rely on more heavily as we reached out to more individuals during the off time that Tulane has been playing Away games.


The crew prepping for the game.
image2The brand new Yulman Stadium

Starting last week, I will begin to get assignments to research grants and write grants as part of my original VAD. I am most definitely looking forward to doing this as I can finally being using my experience in this field to assist my supervisor even further. Also, I will start having more interaction with the board as well as our private donors in order to develop stronger relationships with them. In the past, there was never really a point person to reach out to donors one-on-one. Most of our donors are recognized by a slew of staff members and received generic “thank-you” letters for donating. We will definitely be adding a more personalized approach on how we interact with our donors and sponsors. As my VISTA year continues, I never stop searching for new things to learn. I hope the rest of my year will be just as awesome as my first two months have been!



This entry was posted on September 25, 2014 by in VISTA Field Reports.


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