Volunteers of the Week

05/14/2017 - Ben Jones and Brittany Nelson - $149 Couples Club Members

Food on Foot is about expressing gratitude for the blessings we have in our lives and a reprieve from what I often mistake as important. It is an opportunity to re-evaluate things I take for granted.

My favorite part of being a Club member is having direct interaction with the homeless individuals in the program, to truly connect with their lives and stories. These participants are much more than just a face. Knowing what led to their current situation of homelessness and seeing the desire to change their headline is one of the most inspirational things I've ever seen. I also had fun meeting everyone involved while volunteering serving and even shared some laughs. The great Jim Valvano once said:

"To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day."

I found those three things at Food on Foot.

It was particularly inspiring to hear from a graduate of the program who returned after years of success. After his first graduation from the program, the restaurant he was working at closed and he eventually found himself back on the street. Despite all of this, his determination brought him back to Food on Foot, where he again achieved job placement through a donor of the program. He inspired me to never give up.

05/07/2017 - Justin Gavejian - $98 Club member

Food on Foot to me is a way for homeless people to take control of their lives with the help and guidance of all the wonderful people involved in the program.

The thing I like most about Food on Foot is that the program doesn't give handouts. Instead, they give second chances to the homeless people looking and willing to make the changes and to better their lives.

My favorite experience while volunteering was meeting all the wonderful members and volunteers and seeing how much everyone really cares and wants to help.

05/01/2017 - Pierce Datwyler - $98 Club member

For me, Food on Foot means hope restored for those who have lost their way in life.

What I like most about Food on Foot is the impact it has on homeless people. It is one of the few organizations I've seen where you can truly see the impact you are having on people’s lives.

Every single time I come, I'm truly touched by the authentic gratitude that the homeless people in the program have for the time and money the volunteers are giving. It is a blessing to be a part of.

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