The January Newsletter shared client testimonials of what NHN meant to them. Beginning this month, the focus will shift to NHN volunteers who will share what the volunteer experience means to them.
"When you’ve lived your life never having to think about where your next meal is coming from or have always had family or friends close by to support you in times of need, you realize how truly blessed you are. And when you know that there are people in your own community, your neighbors, who are struggling to feed themselves and their families, or who have no one to lean on when times are tough, how can you do nothing to help? Sometimes we want to help, but don’t know how or don’t know where our efforts and resources can really make a difference. Thankfully, we have a great organization right here in Amherst County, NHN, that makes it easy to volunteer and really have a positive impact on the lives of our neighbor who are in need.
I have been a Volunteer with NHN since the first meal was served from our Ascension Food Kitchen in 2016. In preparing and serving meals to our guests, I’ve been given the opportunity to return, in part, blessings I’ve received. The real reward for me is the friendships formed with guests and volunteers alike. Service here (NHN) breaks down the socioeconomic barriers that exist in our community and gives us opportunities for friendships with folks from all walks of life.
What great fun we have working, serving, and eating together!
I encourage anyone wanting personal growth, to get involved in your community, with your neighbors, by volunteering with NHN. Don’t just
think about it-JUST DO IT! You will have no regrets."