‘Volunteering is a great thing to do’

Paige Collick at MLK 2011 Diversity FairBy Paige Collick

“Helena Food Share helps thousands of families in need of food. From my experience volunteering there, their slogan, 'creating a hunger-free community,' fits them perfect. I never realized how many people in my own community needed help feeding their families. When I started volunteering there in October I stocked shelves with food, making sure that there was always enough out. It always amazed me how fast food went. Soon after starting I got promoted to bagging and boxing groceries. That’s when it really hit me that so many people needed help, and many different reasons brought people in, from medical reasons to job layoffs. At first I didn’t realize how much I helped out just being there bagging food, but one day someone said something that changed my perspective, 'thank you so much for being here, I wouldn’t know what to do without you guys.' That’s when it hit me that volunteers are great thing to have, and volunteering is a great thing to do. Throughout my time volunteering there I have met some really great people; the staff, volunteers and even customers. I now know that yes, I make a difference in my community, and the feeling of helping others allows me to keep myself want to do what I do, volunteer! Even though my time is through with YASC I still plan on volunteering there as much as I can. With my education award I am receiving from volunteering I plan on using money to help pay for school; tuition and books.”

Paige Collick is AmeriCorps Alumni who served with Young Adult Service Corps while attending Helena High School. She is currently attending Carroll College and is majoring in Secondary Education in Chemistry and Mathematics.
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