“I went up to one car with the meals and the person was in tears because of how grateful they were. They told me that without Loaves & Fishes, their family would not have eaten at all that day.”
Minnetonka High School students Vivian and Amy put in 75 hours of volunteer service with Loaves & Fishes over the summer. They spent time at community meal sites, in the warehouse, helping with office projects, harvesting garlic and more.
With the mission still on their minds and close to their hearts, they put on a pie making fundraiser in November that raised $1,000 for Loaves & Fishes.
“I learned about Loaves & Fishes through my parents,” Vivian explained. “I know my parents make quarterly donations and that we often donate produce from our garden. I wanted to learn more about where my parents donated, so I decided to start volunteering with them.”
From there, Vivian got Amy involved.
“I have really enjoyed volunteering at Loaves & Fishes. I have learned so many skills. One thing I really enjoyed doing was going to the sites and serving meals to the people that come,” said Amy.
One of those nights serving meals led to an impactful encounter for the Minnetonka students.
“Amy and I had just started to serve the cars. I went up to one car with the meals and the person was in tears because of how grateful they were,” Vivian recalled. “They told me that without Loaves & Fishes, their family would not have eaten at all that day. They thanked me over and over again. Being able to see the impact that our volunteering has on the community, really made me feel good. I think that is a feeling that can’t be replicated.”
Amy said the one thing that stood out to her about from the volunteering experience was the kindness shown from staff, volunteers and guests. One of her favorite moments was talking with a regular volunteer who would often share fishing stories with her. Their experience led to the idea of putting on the bake sale this fall.
“Our goal was to raise awareness about Loaves & Fishes as well as get our community involved,” explained Amy.
Vivian and Amy are another example of how important our volunteers are and how far a little kindness can go in making a difference for our guests.