By Ashley Stahmer, Communications Intern
Volunteering is nothing new for Sabrina Staten. She has worked with the West Chester Food Cupboard and the Chester County Food Bank in Pennsylvania. After transferring to Wilmington University to pursue her degree in marketing management, Sabrina was looking for a similar opportunity closer to home and found the Food Bank of Delaware. She is currently the volunteer intern in Newark and helps with directing and organizing the volunteers.
Sabrina has been volunteering at the Food Bank since November, and she’s worked on a number of different projects. During the school year, she helped with the Backpack program, which provides children with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food to eat at home. Now that students are on summer break, Sabrina helps facilitate the summer Grab and Go meal program. “I like to hear how much of an impact the volunteers have on the community,” she says. “We say the community, but it’s really the schools, the churches, the seniors – it really is everybody.”
As an intern, Sabrina’s not only thankful for the personal connections she’s made with volunteers but also for the professional experience. She has been happily surprised with her level of involvement. “I love that they trust me to be in charge. I really appreciate being able to learn and grow,” she says.
Sabrina can’t pinpoint her favorite thing she’s learned, because she says there’s so much to be thankful for. Even the challenges have taught her new skills, professionally and personally. “I’ve learned that not everything goes as planned, and plans might fall through or new things pop up,” she admits. “It’s teaching me not only how to go with the flow, but also how to adapt.”
For anyone thinking of volunteering at the Food Bank, Sabrina can’t emphasize enough how worthwhile it would be for them. As the volunteer intern, she knows just how helpful and necessary the volunteers are. “Definitely do it. Don’t hesitate. Sign up,” she says. “Don’t be afraid to get in contact with anyone here, because we appreciate extra hands, extra eyes, extra everything.”
To view available volunteer opportunities at the Food Bank, please visit www.fbd.volunteerhub.com.