I had never been someone who enjoyed working in a large group setting; I would consider myself an introvert. However, as I was nearing the end of my college career, I began to get the overwhelming sense that I wanted to be a part of something- a part of something that did good for others.
I was in search of an internship the summer before my senior year at Grand Valley. Through a relative I was introduced to Kids’ Food Basket. I didn’t know much about nonprofit organizations and how they operated, but the idea intrigued me. I began as a communications intern and realized the nonprofit sector was where I wanted to be. I also began to realize, however, that the communications field wasn’t for me. Surprisingly, I wanted to be out and about talking to people. I was given this opportunity when I was asked to join the operations team as an intern.
As I began to work in operations, first as an intern and then as a staff member, I immediately knew this was a better fit. I remember the day it really sunk in. I was asked to help facilitate a Kids Helping Kids group. The enthusiasm of the kids’ willingness to help was impressive. When I asked for volunteers to help carry apples from the cooler to the packing line, almost all of the kids shot their hands up in the air. Every volunteer that I’ve met wants to help, to give back, and to leave a lasting impact on a child’s life.
I have met so many different amazing people. Striking up conversations with people has never been easy for me, but the more I was out on the floor with the volunteers who make the Sack Supper program run, the easier it became. I feel like I finally found what it is that I want to do. I am a part of a community that is making a difference in the lives of local children.