Volunteers: Fueling Change One Sack Supper at a Time

Tarah Bourke - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

There's a weight associated with doing good work; being a "good person." While I contemplate what that means, I think of my son who's (thankfully) finally asleep right now. My son who has been fed plenty and I know is able to rest because he's gotten enough to eat. He'll be able to wake up and know that his needs will be met. I'm a lucky mom. 

I try to go about my day doing good deeds. Once in a while, I give a few dollars to someone who's run out of gas on the road, donate blood, pick up trash, and volunteer.

Volunteering takes on so many meanings based on experience. In my experience, I've done some incredible things! During my time in college, I worked saving baby sea turtles, addressing border community needs in southern California, assisting with urban renewal and greening projects in large urban cities, and on occasion had the privilege to do local work that connected me to issues I would have never seen on my own. 

One thing I never expected was to wind up at a job in Grand Rapids that showed me how much truth there is that you never know what's happening next door. There is need within our own communities that outweighs anything I may ever be able to comprehend, but I'm trying. Each day, I wake up and go to work alongside 190 volunteers that together, with staff, comprise the most dedicated team of individuals I've ever met working to negate the effects of hunger in a community; a community where we see the full spectrum of both privilege and poverty. A place where there is no blame, but hope for systemic change and a solution, one Sack Supper at a time. 

In the upcoming days and weeks, we want to celebrate with our donors and volunteers who make this possible; who create change. Who see the power of community and come together to rally around those that need a little support. We know the weight of these volunteer tasks can be heavy, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking. 

Please join us at an upcoming Appreciation event in your area so we can share with you that the work you're doing is recognized, and that we understand it's not always easy to be a volunteer; to give to a critical mission. There is a weight associated with understanding and placing a conscious effort to address need. But there is one thing we can agree on - it's easy to make a Sack Supper! 

We look forward to celebrating the great year we've had with all of you! 

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