How did you get involved with the Food Bank?
- I have been volunteering with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank for almost a year. The organization reached out to my company and we volunteered in the Warehouse. I really enjoyed it and signed up to be on the volunteer email list. I have volunteered at fun events including “Coffee and Cars” and at a dog agility contest where we collected donations for the Food Bank.
Why do you volunteer?
- I recently immigrated to Vancouver from Scotland. Both of my parents did quite a bit of volunteering, and when I came to this new community I wanted to contribute and help people here.
- This was especially poignant when I became a Canadian citizen 18 months ago and went through the citizenship ceremony. The judge who presided over the ceremony talked about how volunteering is a key part of citizenship.
- I also volunteer because I feel like I’m making a difference by helping people in the local community. In the process, I’ve learned more about communicating to the public what the Food Bank does and how they’re helping people.
Can you tell us about one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had volunteering here?
- When I volunteered at the Coffee and Cars event, a man donated a lot of money to the Food Bank. He told me that he had used the Food Bank once and that it helped him to survive. For me, his story really stuck because his life looked so different from what it had been.
What would you say to someone who is thinking of volunteering at the Food Bank — why should they volunteer?
- I would say that it’s a valuable experience because you get to meet a lot of people when you volunteer and you always get to meet new people. It’s an especially good way to meet people if you’re new to the community. The Food Bank provides a lot of opportunities to volunteer and volunteer experiences. They are flexible in terms of how much time you have to devote as well.
Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. What does that mean to you?
- To me, it means that local communities should support local organizations — we should help each other.