High School Student Tops Volunteer Leaderboard

A month ago, Laryssa began looking for community service opportunities in Orlando. Little did she know that in less than a month’s time she would have the most volunteer hours at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

“I was looking for a way to give back to the community in a meaningful way and fulfill service hour requirements for school and scholarships I’m applying for,” explained Laryssa.

After a quick Google search, she found Second Harvest and connected with the mission of feeding people in need. She has previously helped serve Thanksgiving meals to homeless residents in downtown Orlando, so the idea of providing nutritious meals to those in need resonated with her. At Second Harvest, Laryssa signed up to prepare meals and snacks for early learning centers and after school programs, like Kids Cafes, and quickly became a regular face in the kitchen.

About the same time as Laryssa started her stint in the production kitchen, Second Harvest launched a new point system to incentivize its volunteer base. Effective October 10, each hour of volunteer time earns one point.  Each week the Top Ten volunteers are recognized on a leaderboard in the volunteer breakroom, but you can log in to your volunteer account to check your status any time.

“We’ve had several volunteers comment on the new leaderboard,” said Mindy Ortiz, director of volunteer services at Second Harvest. “This is a friendly and competitive way for us to recognize our dedicated volunteers.”

The next time you volunteer, be sure to check the leaderboard. And if you’re here on a weekday afternoon, say hello to Laryssa. She’ll gladly show you the ropes.

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