Community involvement is a cornerstone of DCCU’s values and River Food Pantry has become a favorite place for staff volunteering. Our DCCU Cares group has helped there nearly handful of times. After the last visit we asked a few of our volunteers about their experience.
Here are a few of the responses we received:
One DCCU staff person said they LOVED this event. Going on to say, “It was very eye opening for me to see how some people live and survive. I had never been to a food pantry before and it was a great experience. I would love to do something like that again. I am grateful for the opportunity to do it. I do enjoy volunteering and knowing I can make a difference in people’s lives.”
Another staff member shared their very personal reasons for wanting to participate. They had this to say of their experience:
I volunteered for this event because I have always wanted to volunteer at a food pantry. There was a time in my life when I had to use a food pantry. I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I was to have the help to fill my empty cupboards. Now I am grateful I have the opportunity through DCCU to give back to my community and serve in the same way I was served when I needed it most.
Food is such a basic need. Helping families get that need taken care of just feels good. For me, volunteering at the food pantry was an opportunity to serve people that really need help. To be able to hold a grocery bag for a mother with a sleeping baby in her arms and lighten the load she had to bear was a privilege.
In general, I think volunteering is important. It helps one to become more aware of the needs around us in our community and be a little less self-centered.
We thank our staff for their time, effort and honesty. Dane County Credit Union is proud to have a long standing volunteer and community involvement program with so many staff willing to participate in helping our community members.