How did you get involved with the Food Bank?

  • I currently work for a non-profit that helps people in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, and I’ve always known the Food Bank is here.
  • My family accessed the Food Bank when I was growing up, and I came to the Food Bank myself for an emergency hamper.
  • Once I was back on my feet, I wanted to help, so I stopped by the Food Bank and told them I wanted to volunteer. I’ve been volunteering at events for the Food Bank since September 2015.

Why do you volunteer?

  • I volunteer because I want to support the Food Bank and to help the community where I grew up.
  • Growing up in poverty has had a negative impact on my self-esteem, but the more I give back to the community, the better I feel.
  • I really thrive when I volunteer at events because I’m interested in reaching out to people, and I like interacting and engaging with them.

Can you tell us about one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had volunteering here?

  • I am outgoing, and I’m not afraid to go up to people and ask them for donations, but I noticed this brand new volunteer who was incredibly shy. I could relate; I was really shy at one time too. I encouraged her to go up to some people and ask them for a donation. Once she worked up the courage and did it, she was so excited. It was wonderful to see that.

What would you say to someone who is thinking of volunteering at the Food Bank/why should they volunteer?

  • I could give them a million reasons.
  • It’s a great way to get involved and develop a sense of connection to the community, which is invaluable.
  • It’s also a great way to build skills and work experience. The Food Bank is an incredible resource for our community and contributing to it is an amazing thing.

Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. What does that mean to you??

  • Community is one of the things that I value the most. I think that being a part of the community is something that’s really under-valued in importance.
  • I’ve lived in isolation and didn’t have a lot of community in my life, so it’s really valuable to me.
  • It’s also why I love living in East Vancouver. There’s such an effort to build community here.