What Can You Do: Volunteer at a food bank

June 6, 2016

Summer is here - volunteer!Sum­mer is here!  We have had the heat to prove it!  Also, school will be out soon, if not already.

What can you do this sum­mer for enrich­ing fam­ily activ­i­ties? Vol­un­teer with your chil­dren or chap­er­one a child in your com­mu­nity to volunteer.

This 10 tips for fam­i­lies who want to vol­un­teer from Vol­un­teer­ing in Amer­ica guide is a good start­ing place to con­sider a good fit for your child and your fam­ily as a whole.

Read what Thomas, an ele­men­tary stu­dent vis­it­ing the Mar­ion Polk Food Share in Salem shared after vol­un­teer­ing with his peers:  My name is Thomas.  I vis­ited the Food Share with a group from my school this fall.  We got to help bag up rice and then we went on a tour of the ware­house and saw the new kitchen being built.  I was happy to see all the food.  My fam­ily gets food boxes some­times and it really helps us.  I didn’t want to tell my friends that because I was embar­rassed.  I hope to get to vol­un­teer again so I can help others.

The Ore­gon Food Bank posts vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties statewide for orga­ni­za­tions within the Ore­gon Food Bank Net­work on its web­site for a sam­ple of options across the state.

We encour­age you to enrich the lives of your chil­dren, or vol­un­teer to chap­er­one a child in your neigh­bor­hood, by vol­un­teer­ing with them this sum­mer.   It will also enrich the com­mu­nity and con­tribute toward a brighter future for all!  

-Lori Beamer, Direc­tor of Oper­a­tions and Outreach

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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)