You know when you walk into a place, and you can just feel the love and joy and warmth the moment you come through the door?
is that kind of a place. Founded by Ed Lynch in honor of his daughter, Mychal, who passed away in 1996 at age seven, Mychal’s Learning Place believes that children and adults with developmental disabilities deserve to be challenged with opportunities that build self-esteem and independence.
I’m really thankful that my company gives us volunteer days off of work! I was able to use one of those today, and spend four hours helping out in the kitchen. It was a true pleasure getting to know the employees, students, and volunteers; the sweet student in the photo with me told me that when she was little, she dreamed of being a pizza maker. She made pizza for the first time after coming to Mychal’s, which made her so proud and happy.
Bright colors...beautiful, student-created artwork on the walls...a music room...a gleaming and spacious kitchen...and what comes out of the kitchen is delicious! I sampled cookies, scones, muffins, bars, and a latte made from Mychal’s beans, and everything was SO GOOD. And there are vegan, keto, and gluten-free options, too. There’s a pop-up coffee shop in the lobby on Friday mornings, and you’ll also find Mychal’s baked goods at local businesses.
Can you tell I loved being there? I have always thought this, and today proved it true again: That when you volunteer, YOU are the one who truly gets the gift.