“Giving Time” focuses on the invaluable volunteers who donate more than 314,000 hours to Second Harvest each year, more than doubling the size of our staff.

Special Blog Post featuring Yolanda Gutiérrez, as told to Matt Mastrangelo of Second Harvest Food Bank.

I work for a company called QTS, and it has a community impact program where each employee is given 24 hours per year to volunteer within the community, with the charity of their choice. I chose to work with Second Harvest Food Bank because they have programs that work with families and children.  I think it’s important that children are fed properly, so that they’ll grow healthy and can go to school and be able to focus on learning.

After a period of time volunteering with my co-workers, I thought maybe this year we could step it up a notch. I reached out to one of Second Harvest’s Regional Program Managers, and said I was thinking about forming some sort of partnership where QTS employees “adopt” one of the sites and come in every month and help out.

Now everybody at QTS knows that the second Tuesday of every month, we go out to our site. We take turns so that everybody has an opportunity to volunteer, and it’s good. It’s good to be involved in the community and I think it makes everybody feel better about themselves, because they’re contributing.

It’s important to volunteer because I live in a community and I want to be able to support it… and that’s the right thing to do.

***To schedule a team building event at Second Harvest, visit SHFB.org/volunteer.