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Nov 14
"Be the reason someone feels welcomed, seen, heard, valued, loved, and supported" ... unknown
Written by: Sue Keegan, Director of Education

The Samaritan Center​, a nonprofit organization that works to fight hunger in the greater Syracuse community by providing nutritious hot meals to anyone in need 7 days a week, needs more than 35 volunteers a day to help meet their guests’ needs.

Lisa Lounsbury and I were two of those volunteers Monday morning.  We worked with a team of amazing volunteers and staff who each had a task or responsibility assigned to them.  Michael Martini, the kitchen coordinator, gave Lisa and I (in my opinion) the primo task... serving food to the people the mission serves.

What I learned from watching and interacting is that the Samaritan Center is all about relationships. The staff and the volunteers care about the people they serve.  They notice things about them – if someone is sitting alone or all of a sudden just doesn’t seem right, they interact with them. It’s a beautiful thing to witness, the passion they have for helping others and the desire to create a family for folks who may not have a family.

I encourage everyone to volunteer in your community. There are so many organizations out there that need our help.

Interested in finding out more about the Samaritan Center?


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