10 Year Challenge with Nancy Barrera

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Meet Nancy Barrera, a shining example of how important community service can be. Nancy’s journey with SFBFS started over a decade ago when she was introduced to the afterschool program as a client. Nancy spent years participating in various youth activities within our organization, which she believes helped shape her into the young woman she has become today. Nancy appreciates her experiences at SFBFS and how much care and dedication the volunteers and staff showed her daily, whether helping with homework, preparing for a test, introducing her to nature or building her confidence up enough to believe she could go to college and make a positive impact on the world.


Nancy has come full circle and is currently a volunteer in Youth Education’s Playcare and Adult Education’s technology lab. She began her service with SFBFS in August 2015, in the afterschool program. When she first began volunteering, she was enrolled in college and pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy. After her first year of studies, and volunteering in the afterschool program, Nancy changed her major to Liberal Studies in order to pursue a career in teaching. She is currently in her final semester at CSU, Sacramento with plans to attend grad school, earn her teaching credential and ultimately become a fourth grade teacher.

Nancy’s time volunteering with SFBFS has been meaningful, especially the opportunity to work with youth of all ages. She enjoys watching them grow into unique individuals. The experience helped her develop patience, effective communication, lesson planning as well as public speaking. She now has a versatile set of skills because of her work with SFBFS. She was saddened to learn the afterschool program was closing, simply because it was near and dear to her heart and the gateway for her to all of SFBFS’ other services.

When Nancy isn’t studying or volunteering, she enjoys playing soccer and recently joined a women’s indoor soccer team. She’s excited to be out on the field. Nancy encourages others to learn more about the variety of services offered at SFBFS which she asserts offers something for everyone! Nancy believes giving back is the key to improving our community, “You have to give back to the community by helping those in need.”

Submitted by:
Krystal Oliver
Family Services Volunteer Coordinator
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services