Volunteering or Making Pasta?? Both!

Volunteering is very important to me. I know that I have talked about it a lot before, primarily with the Pearson Centre. My other volunteering position however is at an art gallery called the New Art Exchange. Here, I help with different exhibitions and workshops. I even had the opportunity  of meeting the artist, Larissa Sansour, before her exhibit launched! I felt pretty special! 

What I did last week however, was one of our many workshops. Literally, I just went and made pasta from scratch. People from the community can sign-up for these different workshops ranging from art, to food making, to simply memory making. In this case, a few ladies who work at the NAE and are also from Italia, land of the best pasta as I've deliciously taste tested, took the night to show us how to make the dough and then form many different types of noodles. 

Unfortunately, we didn't get to cook and eat the pasta because it was not made in a 'certified kitchen' but we definitely learned something that we can do at home next time! *Note: these pictures were taken before workshop took place, so it's still nice and pretty. The process included a little more flour… everywhere! 

I didn't quite know what exactly my duties would be, but really it was as simple as: greet people when they came in, join the pasta making fun, and then help clean up afterwards! It was a wonderful way to spend my Wednesday night. 

I volunteer with the NAE two or three times a month on different projects but this was my first. Let's just say, if every event is as fun I this, I can hardly call it volunteering. Really I'm just playing. But I think playing is important… if you are taking time out of your day to help somewhere, it should be something you enjoy doing. 

When I think about volunteering, I think sometimes that it should be this big important task that changes the lives of those involved. Making pasta isn't extremely life changing, but when I think about it longer I see that maybe it is. There were ten or so people there who greatly enjoyed their night. I may not have created world peace or built a house for the homeless, but I feel like we still impacted the happiness and well-being of at least ten people and that is pretty rewarding!

Closeup shot of the pasta workshop table at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham.
Long shot of the pasta workshop table at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham.
Artsy shot of the pasta workshop table at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham.

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