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Feeding America SWVA volunteer making a difference

By Lindsey Ward, WSLS

1648 days ago   Article ID# 1554975
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Feeding America Southwest Virginia

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA (WSLS) - Sunday marked the beginning of National Volunteer Appreciation week. Volunteers are a resource that many local community relief agencies rely on including Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

At the main food bank for the Roanoke Valley, you'll find one man who made a decision to volunteer six years ago, and has made a difference ever since.

I found Brian Carroll on Monday, sorting through the salvaged food that comes into Feeding America Southwest Virginia. It's a job he's become very familiar with, since he started volunteering back in 2006.

“Six years ago Easter week I decided, because of Lent and issues, instead of doing less I wanted to try to do more. So I started volunteering one day a week, every week,” Carroll explained.

Years later, he's still helping feed the hungry.

Carroll has done such a great job volunteering, just two weeks ago he was temporarily hired by the food bank. He says when that paid work is over, he'll happily go back to doing the same thing without a paycheck.

“I think personal satisfaction that you're making a difference, that helps. There's very few places that I’ve been involved with where you feel that as immediately as you do here,” he said.

Carroll hopes his personal experience will inspire others to volunteer their time.

On Monday, the sorting room was filled with boxes of food, but empty of people. And that just goes to show how many volunteers are needed, because you would normally see folks going through the boxes of food, checking the expiration dates.

“Today, as you can see, it's very light. So right now we find ourselves very light on volunteers, and need to people to come in and give just an hour or two. Whatever they can do,” said Amy Wilson, Marketing and Communications Coordinator with Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

In the time he's given, Carroll says he can measure the difference he's made in the pounds of food headed to the hungry.

“The end of your hour, or two hours, or five hours, or however long you volunteer, there is something very measurable in the quantity of food that's made available to somebody who needs it,” Carroll said.

If you would like to volunteer at Feeding America Southwest Virginia contact Robert Rogers, Volunteer Services Director, at (540) 342-3011 x7016

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Updated 1648 days ago   Article ID# 1554975

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