My name is Sarah Warren, and I am the new Social Service Intern with House of Friendship for the 2011/2012 year. I’m following in the footsteps of Allison and Emily, the previous interns who have posted here. I started working with House of Friendship at the beginning of September and, 2 months in, I am loving it! I’m so excited and feel so privileged to be a part of extending a helping hand to those in need and seeing justice come in our community. As my first post on this blog, I wanted to introduce myself a bit, and perhaps provide a snapshot of what has led me to this point. (more…)
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Recently Tracey celebrated her six month anniversary of volunteering, since she started in October. Over these months Tracy has volunteered for more than 50 hours!
Today I found Tracey unloading a skid of cabbage and lettuce, which is a change of pace from her regular role as a hamper packer. However Tracey comes to us with a great enthusiasm to help people, and doesn’t mind doing whatever task we have to accomplish from our to-do list. So today I asked Tracey to take a break so I could ask her a few questions to share with all of our lovely blog readers: (more…)
Around here Roy is no stranger to our program, as he’s been volunteering since September of 2005. He’s often a quiet and hard-working volunteer, but today I got him to open up a little bit so we could boast about him a little bit. To start I can tell you that he’s provided us with over 625 hours of help during his time with us. And now onto more wonderful facts about this volunteer: (more…)
Here we have a brief snap shot of one of the many loads Bruce often lugs around the warehouse for us. We’re fortunate to see Bruce come in to volunteer with us twice a week in the mornings. He’s a huge help in getting us ready for our morning rush to serve hampers when we open at eleven.
Bruce has been volunteering with us for since December of 2002 – that’s almost ten years! In these ten years he’s volunteered for approximately 1 800 hours! That’s a big commitment, which isn’t slowing down because he’s already volunteered more than fifty hours this year alone! So to honor his dedication over all these years we wanted to take this chance to show you a little bit more about this wonderful volunteer.
How did you hear about House of Friendship?
“When I started it was to come in with my son to help him get his high school community service hours. He’s been out of high school for quite a while, which means I’m probably coming up on my ten years now since I remember getting a five-year certificate for volunteering at an appreciation dinner a few years ago…I’ve seen a lot of people come and go here.”
Why is volunteering important to you?
“Probably because it allows me to help others, which makes me feel good. This is a rewarding experience because I’m doing something that makes a difference for people in emergency situations. Also it helps that you’re able to meet a variety of people.”
How has volunteering made an impact in your life?
“It’s opened my eyes to the number of needy people in our community. I never imagined that a food hamper program would serve so many hampers each day. Also I’ve learned more about the many different branches of House of Friendship. This is a huge organization full of a lot of good programs.”
On average this year we’ve provided approximately 159 hampers each day that we’re open. However it’s important to note that some days we’ve distributed over 200 hampers, while a few other days we’ve barely hit 100.
To read more about the various programs within House of Friendship, click here.
What’s your favourite job at our program?
“That’s a tough question, but probably bagging mushrooms…There’s no particular reason for it though.”
What kind of activities or hobbies do you enjoy when you’re not volunteering here?
“I volunteer to help maintain an ice rink in Waterloo near my house throughout the winter. Also I help my neighbours by shoveling their driveways in the winter. But since that’s over, I’ll start helping some of my neighbours out by mowing their lawns. And I’ll keep busy with friends and family, and going hunting and fishing occasionally.”
Wow so not only is Bruce super-helpful at our program, he’s also an asset around his neighbourhood. And to quote him one final time, “if you’re thinking about volunteering, you should just do it. It’s amazing what you’ll learn.” Well said Bruce!
Hi everyone, my name is Lucas Lu and I am one of the Summer Student Special Projects assistants here at the Emergency Food Hamper Program. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to work here alongside many amazing staff members, and the chance to learn from people that come from different social and economic backgrounds.
Just a little bit about myself. I have just finished my third year of the business program at Wilfrid Laurier and have one more year to go before I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! My two biggest passions in life are technology and social innovation. They are seemingly two very isolated fields, but if we dig deep enough, we will start to see their roots are all interconnected in every way possible.
Technology can truly change the way we work, live and interact with one another. The birth of computer technology and the internet made this even more evident. In the summer of 2009, I started a new technology venture with a few friends that aims to create a dashboard for researching, collecting and managing information. Through the process of building a business, I was given many opportunities to expose myself to many of the latest technological inventions that bear the potential to make our community a better place to live for all. (more…)
Hello! I’m Lianna, one of the Special Projects Assistants this summer. I just graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a double degree in Global Studies and English and a minor in History; needless to say, I love learning, and learning about everything! I’ve finally zeroed in on the goal to study poverty, insecurity and education in graduate school in the coming years, something my heart was drawn to only recently. After too many monotonous after-school and summer jobs (from a clothing salesperson to an overworked waitress in Ireland) I was fortunate to turn a few weeks of volunteering into a summer student position with Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region in 2008. I soon became passionate about working with not only underprivileged individuals in my community, but with dedicated volunteers that share my enthusiasm. I find that these traits make a position less of a job and more of a positive daily learning experience, something I have already sensed in my first few days at House of Friendship. (more…)
Thanks to our friends at Service Canada, we are once again going to have the funding for two paid staff positions during the last half of the summer. As a condition of the funding, we could only hire students who are returning to full time schooling in the fall, and who are under 30 years of age. Each summer we benefit from their fresh perspective, insight and talent, and wish that we didn’t have to say goodbye when August comes to a close (and they have to go back to school).
This year we are pleased to welcome Lianna and Lucas!
What can they expect to do as a summer student at the Emergency Food Hamper Program? Well, there will be a few thousand hampers that need packing, several tonnes of food to be sorted, a few thousand intakes to be conducted, and one or two special projects to be completed.
They’ll have a lot of help, of course, from our volunteers and staff, so they won’t have to go it alone and pack those thousands of hampers by themselves. By the end of the summer, they will likely be expert puzzle solvers as they fit lots of different food items together into small and odd sized hamper boxes.
Lianna has a lot of experience working for Habitat for Humanity, and Lucas has worked/volunteered with a few local nonprofits (including our friends at St. Johns) and entrepreneurial ventures exploring the potential of technology for nonprofits.
Look forward to many blog posts, over the coming weeks, from these two. We’re all really looking forward to working with them this summer.
My name is Allison Neufeld, and I am the new Social Services Intern here at House of Friendship!
So this is my first post as the new intern, and it serves as a bit of an introduction. I would like to say from the outset of this post, thank you to everyone that I’ve already met! In the month or so since I started here, I have felt so welcomed and showered with kindness. House of Friendship employees and volunteers alike have come alongside me as I stumbled (and continue to stumble) through the initial learning curve that accompanies a new job and I am so grateful for this. (more…)