“My Purpose is to Help People.”

More than 10 years ago, Edwin Giraldo attended a team building activity at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida with his former employer. Like many companies, his group sorted non-perishable food donations, checked for damages and repacked items into boxes for distribution. He recalls it being very uplifting and inspiring experience, but it was just one afternoon.

Edwin spent the next several years focusing on career achievements and professional development, but he felt that he needed something more than career success to be fulfilled.

“I know now that my purpose is to help people,” Edwin explains.

Edwin was reconnected with Second Harvest through the Community Involvement Committee at his current employer, Lockheed Martin. “Volunteering at the food bank is great for groups because you can work together on a larger project and have a positive experience. We are busy the whole time.”

In addition to organizing volunteer opportunities for his team members, Edwin has elevated his commitment to fighting hunger on a more personal level by volunteering most Saturdays.

“I’m spending a few hours of my day to make an impact,” Edwin explains. As a Volunteer Captain, he takes on extra responsibility to assist with special projects, answer questions for new volunteers and help wherever he is needed. “Even though I don’t see the recipients of the food, I know that this work is important and it makes a difference.”

Edwin encourages anyone with a few spare hours to get involved. “Do something,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Getting the food sorted, packed and distributed may seem like a small task but it ripples in a big way.”

You can sign up to join fellow volunteers, like Edwin, on a Saturday morning, Friday afternoon, or anytime that fits your schedule at www.feedhopenow.org/volunteer. Or, learn more about becoming a Volunteer Captain to help the warehouse staff run volunteer projects by contacting Mindy Ortiz at mortiz@feedhopenow.org.

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