The second source is the dedicated volunteers giving their time each week to serve our community.
Karen is a 75 year old woman who walks through the doors of the pantry precisely at noon every Wednesday.
As I watch each family exit through the doors with brown paper bags filled to the brim, I think of the impact I have been able to make.
Each week, I not only give food, but I try and give a small light of hope to everyone I serve. I am able to be a support system for the people that need it most in our community.
You also want to make sure that you are getting enough social contact, and that the organization is available to support you should you have questions.
Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated.
David strolls through the doors on a frigid afternoon.
His baseball cap that reads “United States Veteran” sits low enough on his head that his American flag pin proudly hits the light. On queue, Rhonda and I answer simultaneously, “Four!
One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community.
Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together.