Bright and Enthusiastic, Peach Invites You to Volunteer
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Peach, is as bright and sunny a character as her name implies.
She serves as an enthusiastic volunteer at both of our locations, she loves to serve every Tuesday afternoon and on weekends too!
Having shared a conversation with her about her interest in volunteering with Trinity Cafe, it is particularly interesting to discover how people’s connections create a snowball effect that gets others involved, contributing their time and treasure. While Peach is a good friend of our volunteer manager, Nina Hickey and has joyfully volunteered with her grandmother aka MeeMaw (pictured with her here), she was first inspired as a young girl by her great grandmother. She took her to ‘tent city’ in downtown St. Petersburg near where Peach was raised. “It all started when I was growing up. I was this entitled little pre-teen like most of us were and I always wanted particular brands of clothes. I was very spoiled and my great grandmother showed me all these different ways that my life could be and how fortunate I am.”
She says that her grandmother’s benevolence kick started her into thinking that she was truly blessed, which inspired her to volunteer. Peach has quickly become a fan of volunteering and serving tables and has spread the word to her friends. I asked her what she tells them about her Trinity Cafe experience: “You guys are a phenomenal non-profit organization, and not being biased because Nina is one of my really good friends, but in general I think it’s been really copacetic and I leave here feeling very enriched”. And she wasn’t exaggerating as she pointed across the table at a friend who accompanied her that day to volunteer with us for the first time. “It’s what he wanted to do on his birthday”, she told me.
Energy carries and can result in just one person sharing their interest in volunteering to recruit dozens more. Peach went on to explain that volunteerism brings people back in touch with reality in her opinion. “For those who have more than they need, they should donate to their community. That speaks to taking action because these non-profits don’t operate on air. It takes a lot of financial help and if you have more than you know what to do with, then you should give a little”.
For Peach, it is especially important to contribute without expecting anything back or needing recognition. She says that it doesn’t take money to give and that everyone has something to give, even if it’s just a couple of hours of their time each week. “I feel so abundant and I feel like my cup is overflowing and I want it to spill out onto other people”.
If you share any of Peach’s sentiments about being inspired by others to give of yourself, then consider taking the time to donate or serve at either of our cafe locations. I’m sure you will feel just as satisfied with the experience as our bright and sunny friend.