Edge City (10/4/08)

I spent the afternoon volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository – a massive warehouse that supplies some 600 shelters and food pantries throughout Cook County – and was naturally disappointed to see today’s Edge City when I came home. While I understand the finer point that doing good is not always painless, I’m struggling to come to terms with the depiction of hungry retirees as insufferable cranks. Earlier this week, the boy in this strip was fighting tooth and nail to avoid volunteering. Is this strip supposed to validate his reluctance to reach out to those in need?

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One Response to “Edge City (10/4/08)”

  1. wes Says:

    I have participated several times in a local program just like the one in the strip and I must say it is spot on. About one in five recipients really expresses any gratitude and many are quite cranky like the man in the strip (I have had this response almost verbatum!). One volunteers to be helpful and kind to those in need regardless of their boorish behavior- it is folly to expect to get much appreciation from the largely disfunctional recipients of these programs. To pretend otherwise will cause new volunteers to be quickly disappointed. Better to be honest and give other reasons to feel good about your service.

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