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Volunteer Profile: Meet Allen

May 8th, 2021Volunteers

People volunteer for a variety of reasons; they could be motivated by the cause or simply have some spare time to share. But one thing our volunteers have in common is they are hard-working, dependable and dedicated to helping neighbors in need.

We recently had the chance to chat with Allen, who has been volunteering at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank) for 14 years. During that time, he has helped in a variety of ways, from building boxes for food sorting to sweeping the warehouse.


The Food Bank: What motivated you to volunteer with The Food Bank?

Allen: I believe that those in our community who are struggling deserve to have people who are willing to give back and help how they can.

The Food Bank: What was your first impression of The Food Bank?

Allen:felt like was needed, and my time was valued.

The Food Bank: What do you find most rewarding about volunteering at The Food Bank?

Allen: I volunteer for myself, to feel I am contributing and helping the community. I feel part of the assembly line of tasks which are all important for the work being done at The Food Bank.

The Food Bank: Why do you volunteer at The Food Bank?

Allen: Over the years I have always felt needed, especially during the pandemic. always feel welcomed and like fit in.

The Food Bank: What do you feel makes this volunteer experience a meaningful use of your time?

Allen: Being here the last day of the week, allows a fresh start and a clean warehouse for the team on Monday. I help provide a safe warehouse and a good first impression for anyone entering the building.

The Food Bank: What would you say is the biggest personal benefit to you as a volunteer?

Allen: I feel like I am part of the bigger picture, helping myself while helping the community.

The Food Bank: What is your favorite part about volunteering at The Food Bank?

Allen: I feel like I am making a difference with my time.

The Food Bank: What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at The Food Bank?

Allen: I have had many discussions with friends and acquaintances over the years about why they should volunteer at The Food Bank. I always highly suggest it as a great place to give your time.

The Food Bank: Tell me a bit about how you spend your time when you aren’t volunteering?

Allen: I am a people-person. I spend a lot of time with my family, and I try to stay healthy and fit and positive during these times. I enjoy reading a good murder mystery novel and travelling (pre-COVID-19), including three trips to Las Vegas.