Food for Thought Blog
Volunteer Factor: Lifting Communities
From the desk of Lindsay Irvine, Manager, Volunteer Resources Community Events Coordinator
This is my favorite time of year: National Volunteer Week! This is a chance for us to focus on you, our volunteers, your hard work and the incredible impact you have on the community.
The theme for National Volunteer Week is “Volunteer Factor: Lifting Communities”. And that’s exactly what you do; you lift the spirit of The Food Bank with your generosity, kindness, passion for your community, and skills.
I feel honored and fortunate to be able to work with each and every one of you. I want to share with you just a few reasons why I love my job as Manager, Volunteer Resources at The Food Bank.
The Volunteer Effect
In my role, I have the unique privilege of talking to and interviewing a couple hundred potential volunteers each year, and when I ask: why did you choose The Food Bank for your volunteering?, the most common answer comes from a profound sense of individual social responsibility.
To help with my community, because I believe no one should go hungry, I know someone dealing with food insecurity, I know what it’s like, I’ve been there, I want to give back.
You inspire me. I am constantly amazed to see how much generosity is overflowing from Waterloo Region into charities like The Food Bank.
I meet so many people with varying skills – whether its social butterflies who are a great asset at events and in customer service, highly skilled drivers who help us pick up and deliver food, or someone willing to take on any task. Each skill is a gift and is an important contribution to our mission of ensuring no one goes hungry.
Volunteers Lift Communities
You help make Waterloo Region and The Food Bank a better place. Knowing that volunteers are such a large part of helping The Food Bank accept and distribute over 4.5 million pounds of food to programs and agencies is an inspiration, and pushes me to do all I can in my role to make our volunteers’ experience meaningful and impactful.
The Food Bank of Waterloo Region has over 2,000 volunteers who sort food, serve our agencies and donors, help with events, and co-ordinate food drives. Thank you to each and every one for lifting your community so that no one goes hungry.
P.S. Click here if you’re interested in becoming part of The Food Bank’s volunteer team!