Why We Volunteer

Ken:

“When you retire you start winding down and you want to get involved – particularly right here in your own backyard. There are a lot of hungry people and homeless people right here in Orange County, though you wouldn’t believe it, they are out there. It makes me feel good to be doing this. I love South County Outreach and plan to volunteer as long as you’ll let me.”

Kathy:

The few hours I’m able to volunteer for South County Outreach are some of my favorite.  I like knowing I can help those in need by simply saying yes to a volunteer request.  South County Outreach appreciates whatever time you can spare.

Alan:

“I like helping people. I might not be able to do much, but I still enjoy doing what I can to do my part to help someone. When I go home I feel good.”

Jean:

“I started to volunteer after I retired because my husband was very involved before he passed away. There are so many nice people here, both volunteers and clients. I look forward to Friday a.m.”

Lilly (age 13):

“I volunteer because it is such a great feeling to give back. I love feeling like I just helped make the world a better place after I volunteer. I always look forward to coming!”

Jeanne:

“I began volunteering at Saddleback Valley Outreach (now known as South County Outreach) almost 12 years ago. While being on administrative leave at the City of Laguna Hills, I met Ray Havert, SCO founder, and he and his efforts stole my heart. I thought to myself, ‘When I retire, I am going to volunteer there.’ I began working in September 2003 in the pantry and front office. I worked at three locations and have seen SCO grow in services and technology. Being a volunteer here has been one of the biggest blessings of my life – helping those in need with a smile, caring heart, in tangible ways.”

Beverly:

“I was looking for a way to give back to the community and a friend brought me to the pantry.”

Laurence:

“I feel I am blessed and my needs are met. Working in the pantry gives me a chance to help others.”

Eunice:

“I enjoy serving those in need and giving a helping hand to disadvantaged families and individuals.”

Geri:

“Why do I volunteer? Because volunteering is giving back – it’s a way of showing gratitude for all the gifts I’ve been given. And it’s a two-way street, when I give (by teaching computer classes) I receive a chance to connect with other people, a chance to pass on my knowledge and experience, and the opportunity to keep my computer skills up to date. Thank you, South County Outreach!”

Betty:

“I volunteer to help people with their most basic needs.”

Lupe:

“I have always worked in the public service field (34 years in law enforcement) and enjoy helping people on many levels. Food pantries have a special place in my heart as my family of five grew up on Social Security with a single parent. So I have a passion for giving and helping others. Thank you for this opportunity.”

Ruth:

“To hug a vet!”

Ryan:

“I volunteer because I can. I am fortunate enough to have some free time each week to help out. I look forward to my time at the food pantry. It’s a great feeling to help people in need!”

Sandra:

“I volunteer because I need to feel I am helping my community in some way. I have had good fortune in my life and want to be of service to those who are less fortunate.”

Margot:

“I wanted to use my skills after retirement to help people who don’t have enough money for food, utilities and rent.”

Dick:

“Because caring for one another is the right thing to do.”

Barbara:

“I volunteer because I believe in giving back to my community.”

Ken:

“God has blessed me in that I have an education, had a full-time job, good health and to have a family that I am proud of for their accomplishments. He has given me the opportunity to give back to those in need.”

Allan:

“I want to provide vital services. Twelve years giving blood, 10-year volunteer at food banks.”

Rich:

“I was unemployed for quite a while and food banks helped me through. Now I have an opportunity to pay back the generosity.”

Jay:

“I have time and knew there was a need.”

Eileen:

“I feel good when I give back to the community.”

Judy:

“I spent first seven years of retirement volunteering in classrooms. SCO had been coming onto my radar through my church, PCOM. A conversation with Mary led me to thinking about volunteering at SCO. A visit on a Wednesday, Mary’s day, convinced me that this would be a good fit for me. I am enjoying my new ‘work’ – it is a good thing to be able to help people, whether it is through the food pantry or getting new skills in the computer lab.”