Fine Options Program. One month earlier on the due date for my fine I had caved and paid the $20 for the 'Victims of Crime Fund'. It was a compromise. I don't know that it will go to victims of crime rather than creating more victims of police. And if it does go to victims of crime I don't know that the police will not spin it as a vital role the police play in the community. Regardless of where the money goes, when it is collected with threats of force, it is not a service to the community.
My time spent at the Richmond Street soup kitchen was disappointing. It was usually over staffed with volunteers, most of them volunteer volunteers, so there was not usually much work to be done. I spent a lot of time peeling vegetables, some time sweeping and mopping, a bit of time organizing their pantry, and a good hunk of time standing around making sure people knew I was around back when the manager found something for me to do. If you do this detail bring your MP3 player. After I signed up with the kitchen I heard of a need for volunteers at the Humane Society. I might look to them next time I volunteer.