Second Harvest Food Bank
Artist Benjamin Perlin contributes to his community through volunteer work. At the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Ben Perlin participates in the organization’s fundraising drives for outreach work. In addition, Benjamin Perlin also volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Second Harvest Food Bank is a community organization focused on distributing food and produce for impoverished communities throughout the country. Based in Silicon Valley, the organization works together with 320 partners to provide sustenance to over 250,000 people every month. In addition to food distribution, the Second Harvest Food Bank also lobbies for policies that address the root causes of hunger.
To engage community members in its advocacy, The Second Harvest Food Bank established a partnership with the creators of a mobile application called foodtweeks. Available for both Android and iPhone users, this app helps users create healthy meal plans. By using the promo code SHFBSCSM each time users “tweek” a meal plan, foodtweeks donates food containing twice the meal’s calorie content to the organization.
Through Second Harvest Food Bank’s partnership with foodtweeks, private individuals directly participate in the organization’s mission to end hunger.
Volunteer Benjamin Perlin balances his charity work between Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the Tennessee State Veterans Home. To support the causes of these organizations, Ben Perlin performs a multitude of tasks – from sorting donations to listening to a veteran’s stories. As one of his personal interests, Benjamin Perlin enjoys photography, and particularly likes working in a darkroom.
Digital cameras have long since taken over photography, yet there are still some who enjoy the process of developing photographic film and making prints from negatives. Here are the steps taken in the darkroom development of film:
1. In the darkroom with the lights out, remove the film from its canister and spool it onto the developing reel. Place the reel inside the developing tank and secure the lid. The lights can be turned on at this point.
2. Collect the correct amount of developer in a beaker, based on the Massive Development Chart. Carefully add cool or warm water until the desired temperature is achieved.
3. Pour the developer into the developing tank, making sure that the reel and film are completely submerged. The developer will most likely turn blue or green because of the dyes from the film. Follow the Massive Development Chart for the duration of submersion and the recommended agitation.
4. When the time is up, drain the developer and immediately pour in the stop bath for 30 seconds, to stop the action of the developer.
5. Drain the stop bath and fill the developing tank with the fixing bath, leaving it in for the recommended length of time.
6. Rinse the film with water to remove the fixer, and hang it to allow it to dry.
Photographer Benjamin Perlin is an active volunteer in various charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. During his free time, Benjamin “Ben” Perlin enjoys reading the works of Kurt Vonnegut.
American author Kurt Vonnegut is most famous for his bestselling satirical novel Slaughterhouse-Five, which was released in 1969. In his career, which lasted more than five decades, Vonnegut was able to publish a number of works in different genres, including 14 novels and five plays. One of his plays, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, was adapted into an opera that recently premiered at the Indianapolis Opera.
Written in 1970, Happy Birthday, Wanda June served as Vonnegut’s introduction into playwriting and is his only play published during his lifetime. Although the play was adapted into a Broadway musical in 1970 and a film in 1971, Vonnegut felt that the character of the villains would best be amplified in an opera.
In 2007, just weeks before his death, Vonnegut started collaborating with composer Richard Auldon Clark on the libretto. The September 2016 staging of the opera coincided with the 200th anniversary of the state of Indiana and was endorsed as a legacy project by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.