Dawson

How did you get involved with the Food Bank?

  • I got involved with the Food Bank two years ago when I retired. I started as a volunteer doing food sorts and continued to volunteer at one of the Food Bank locations. Later, I was contacted by Food Bank staff and asked if I would like to volunteer at the front desk at the main office.
  • Prior to retiring, I worked in sales and marketing in the shipping industry. I’ve also traveled to some amazing places, including Jordan and Turkey.

Why do you volunteer?

  • While I’ve never needed the Food Bank’s services, I know that a change of circumstances could lead anyone to go to the Food Bank. I came from a large family and we were not rich, so something like this could have happened to us. I help others because I understand how difficult it can be.
  • It’s incredibly rewarding to volunteer at the Food Bank. Every day is different. Before I retired, I got to meet a lot of people in my job, and I really started to miss that in retirement. I enjoy meeting and talking to people and the people who come to the Food Bank are so kind and grateful.

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

  • A couple of weeks ago a Syrian refugee came to the office with his family and two translators. They looked like they had gone through so much, and I was glad to be able to help them.

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

  • It’s a really rewarding experience. You meet a lot of people, members and staff, and you’re making a difference.

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

  • Without volunteers, costs for the Food Bank would be a lot higher. When you volunteer, you are giving of yourself and your time. You feel like you’re part of the community.