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From Volunteer to Full Time

January 26th, 2019Stories

Meet Sally. A passionate an actively involved community member, Sally first started volunteering at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region in 2017, and she hasn’t looked back.

A picture of Sally smiling while at work


In fact that’s just the start of her story.

“Volunteering at The Food Bank ticked a lot of boxes for me,” explained Sally. “Coming here as a volunteer, I knew I was having an impact and making a difference. That’s when I knew I had to work here.”

Having recently joined the team at The Food Bank as a Partnership Manager, her role allows her to not only work hard but feel good about the work she’s doing.

“The role feeds both my brain and heart,” she shared. “My heart needs to be in community service and my head needs to be at a place that is strategic, develops plans for the future and takes the steps to get there.”

In her role as a Partnership Manager, she focuses on connecting businesses to sponsorship and partnership opportunities and works closely with grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers to make sure we provide both non-perishable and fresh and frozen food to those in need.

Since we are currently accepting applications, we decided to sit down with Sally and get her thoughts and experiences about life at The Food Bank.

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank): What is it like to work at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region?

Sally: It is 100% forward motion. We move at a quick, deft pace, where employees are encouraged to try new things, innovate and look at how we can better serve the community.

The work is hard – we are helping people at a crisis point in their life and we take that very seriously – but we also take the time to celebrate, laugh and collaborate with each other. There isn’t a fear of failing, we are able to make mistakes, learn from them and grow. That speaks to our values around innovation and strategy. The team is in this together.

The Food Bank: What is your favorite part of your job/working at The Food Bank?

Sally: I love going out and speaking with people in the community and seeing how much they respect the work we do. The other part I love is the opportunity to bring people into the building to tour the facilities and learn about our operations. It’s incredible to watch them learn, seeing their curiosity and learn how the work we do allows our programs and agencies who we support to focus on their work of addressing different needs in the community.

The Food Bank: Why is the work so meaningful to you?

Sally: For a bunch of reasons. I take tremendous pleasure in eating, cooking and sharing food; it’s how I connect with friends, family and my husband. It shouldn’t be a privilege to connect to one another around food, it should simply be a right that we all enjoy.

The Food Bank: What would you say to someone considering applying to The Food Bank?

Sally: You will work harder than you have ever worked before and it will feel darn good. To remember whatever business and life skills you have, they will transition into non-profit. Also, why wouldn’t you want to explore the opportunity? You might just end up with a job that’s as intellectually challenging as any other job, that pushes you to be innovative, nimble, and strategic but also feeds your heart.

Life is short, do work that matters.

Are you interested in working at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and making a difference in your community? Then take a look at our available job postings.