When Laura Perez volunteers at Second Harvest, she brings back-up whenever she can—her three kids.
“I volunteer [at the Food Bank] because it makes me happy to be part of a team that helps others,” Laura says. And by bringing her kids along to help, they’re learning a lot about community and helping others.
“The first time Santiago [nine years old] was going to the Food Bank he wasn’t too excited,” Laura remembers, “but once he was there he was happy and proud to have a job,” tearing down boxes that donated food arrives in. “He also likes meeting other kids.”
Laura has been volunteering for over a year. A single mom of three, she knows what it’s like to struggle, but she takes comfort in knowing that Second Harvest is here, and that she can help her community.
Her older sons, Estevan (13) and Fabian (11), have both helped out on the sort line, where volunteers sort and bag produce for distribution to our programs Passion For Produce and Food For Children.
“For Estevan it was a great experience, and eye-opening,” Laura says. “He saw how much work is done at the Food Bank and how much people need help.” And Fabian “likes the feeling he gets knowing he’s helping make the [produce] bags that will be given to those in need.”
Laura brings her kids here to volunteer when they’ve all got a little time, like Spring Break, Christmas Break, and some Saturdays. Children ages 8 to 13 can volunteer at Second Harvest with an adult chaperone, and ages 14-17 just need signed permission from their legal guardian.
Second Harvest is grateful for the help of Laura and her kids, and especially happy that Laura is passing on the importance—and the joys—of volunteering to the next generation.