Monday, May 12, 2008

CCVers Help at Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

A small group of CCV students and staff volunteered this past weekend at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and helped to collect 17,000 pounds of food for those in need! Click here to read a story about this work from Fox44. Also, the following is a reflection on the experience from CCV student Kelsi Powers:

I was really blown away by the community involvement for this amazing cause. In my 3 and 1/2 hours of volunteering on Saturday I saw young people, old people, men, women, grandmothers, and a family with their 3 month and 3 year old sons. No matter what task a person was working on, I saw smiles all around the room. We were all talking, getting to know each other, helping to sort through boxes of food together. The amount of teamwork for a room full of strangers was great to witness.

Not only was it nice to see the community getting involved, but seeing CCV representation was awesome! A fellow student, and employee of the Food Shelf, was present for the afternoon and Linda Henderson, an administrative assistant in the financial aid office came to help out with three of her children. Linda was also able to recruit two friends of her children, making her group a total of 6!

The day itself was impressive, totaling over 17,000 pounds of donated food to help stock the shelves! I'm really excited to continue my volunteer service at the Food Shelf. I think they have an outstanding mission and a wonderful staff to work with.

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