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Volunteer Profile: Meet Sophie
March 13th, 2021Volunteers
Like everything in the last year, the volunteer program at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank) has shifted and changed. In an average year, more than 2,000 people volunteer their time in support of The Food Bank, providing support at community events, grocery store outreach, and in a variety of roles at our distribution center.
While we haven’t been able to welcome as many volunteers to The Food Bank this year, due to COVID-19, we continue to be inspired by the dedication of all our volunteers.
We recently chatted with Sophie, who began volunteering in February 2020, about her experience, the impact of her role on the community, and how volunteering brings her joy.
The Food Bank: What motivates you to volunteer at The Food Bank?
Sophie: Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I was feeling a bit lost about how I could impact my community; stuck in the university bubble and not interacting with the rest of the community. I made a goal to help outside of my studies to broaden my horizons and find something meaningful outside of academia where I could contribute.
The Food Bank: What makes this volunteer experience a meaningful use of your time?
Sophie: I’m a big believer that everyone should have access to food/water/shelter, being a small part of making sure people have basic building blocks of life and tangible impact is very important to me. I feel I’ve had a tangible impact when leaving the building.
The Food Bank: What is the biggest personal benefit you receive as a volunteer?
Sophie: I enjoy the physical work of the role, process of working in the warehouse, it matches my personality of organizing and putting things away.
The Food Bank: What is your favorite part of volunteering at The Food Bank?
Sophie: Being able to work with fellow volunteers, building connections with people.
The Food Bank: What do you like to do outside of volunteering?
Sophie: I am currently doing an online course at Conestoga in Office Administration, going for long walks and jogs, getting back into drawing, and painting again (used to do that a lot but got busy with school!).
The Food Bank: What would you share with someone interested in volunteering here?
Sophie: The Food Bank is a welcoming place that has a great community of people volunteering and working together. The reason I keep coming back, is I feel valued for my contribution.
To learn more about our volunteer programs or to become a volunteer, visit: thefoodbank.ca/volunteer.