Singing buddy Allison, new to her development and outreach job at the Burlington Emergency Shelter, emailed. There were several areas within the building that badly needed help. Would I come and take a look? I arrived on a chilly Friday morning in November. What to do? Let’s rescue the supply closet, which housed financial records, computer parts, painting and cleaning supplies, holiday decorations, donated hats, and more. We pulled boxes off shelves, then consolidated their contents. We emptied other, only partially filled, boxes. We placed financial records together, grouped art with holiday supplies, stored paint with varied tools. It was a fairly frenzied hour or so, but Allison and executive director Valerie smiled. Success!