Each month, a volunteer at SFBFS is featured for their dedication of time and talent. This month’s volunteer spotlight is:
Ric Burwell - July 2015
In partnership with the Diocese of Sacramento, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) recently began offering Refugee Resettlement Services. United States policy allows refugees of special humanitarian concern entrance into our country, reflecting our core values and our tradition of being a safe haven for the oppressed.
Through this partnership, SFBFS provides refugee families with the opportunity to improve their lives and support them on their journey to self-sufficiency.
Ric Burwell, 61, has lived in the Sacramento community for over 30 years. Recently retired from a career in insurance and risk management and a part-time adjunct instructor, Ric finds joy in volunteering his time and helping people. Ric's wife, Hilary, volunteered in SFBFS' Adult Education program as an ESL instructor for years so SFBFS seemed like a natural choice. Ric chose to volunteer in Refugee Resettlement Services because he feels it is important for the United States to remain a welcoming nation for people from around the world. "I wanted to volunteer in a service that touches people's lives and I'm very blessed to be able to do that,” he said.
As a volunteer in Refugee Resettlement Services, Ric presents cultural orientation modules and finance and budgeting workshops, helps clients apply for benefits including Social Security and is even assisting clients with Bachelor's degrees from other countries, working with Sac State in an effort to have their credits recognized. "My life is richly blessed. It is a privilege to work with others and to give back, especially with the families who are seeking new lives and opportunities here in Sacramento,” said Ric.
Thank you to all of the generous donors and volunteers in our community who make Refugee Resettlement Services. Because of your support, families are able to receive a fresh start in our communities.
Are you interested in helping our community grow and flourish? Check out our Volunteer Opportunities to see how you can help!