My name is Garrett and I am a member of the Boys and Girls Club. I went through a program and they helped me find a temporary volunteer/work position at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS). Before I started, I thought to myself “Oh, I’m just going to be handing food away to people all day.” Then I started my first day and I met Lorena, Parent Education Manager. I could tell that she genuinely cared for the people that came in and tried her best every time to help in any way possible. I also met a lot of families. It always seemed that I was able to help them find what they were looking for and make them leave with a smile on their face.
While I was volunteering with Parent Education, I mainly ran the boutique and it wasn’t that difficult. I had to learn quick because you don’t want to leave the moms and their children waiting long; it’ll get pretty hectic. At the end of every day it leaves me feeling good knowing I helped a little bit, even if I’m just helping them.
I think my favorite part of working here would probably be seeing all the parents with their kids laughing and playing and taking classes with them. You can really tell that they bond in their own different ways. My other favorite thing would be the different kinds of people you see come in, but it doesn’t matter what country they’re from, they all are trying to do the same thing, and that’s be the best parent they can be. It just showed me how different people can seem different from each other, but how much the same they really are.
Submitted by: Garrett, Boys & Girls Club of America Intern