An Afternoon of Giving Back

by Ellen Berube, Student Advocate

Giving-BackWhat does it take to give back to your community? Eight eager Future 5 students discovered that the answer is quite simple: All it takes is time and a little bit of muscle.

On a Friday afternoon in October, Thomas Agosto, our Director of Students, and Ellen Berube, our Student Advocate packed their cars with Future 5 students and took off for the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Upon arrival they were greeted by several hundred pounds of canned and dry goods to be sorted and shelved. Without hesitation our students jumped right in, working together to sort the green beans from the peas and the macaroni and cheese from the soups.

Community Service Leader Gerrianne Delaney remarked, “It’s really great for our kids to see where donated food comes from. I’ve brought kids here to volunteer in the past and some of them revealed to me that they’ve received food from this food bank.” It is volunteer opportunities like this that allow our students to put the character education we talk about at Future 5 into practice.

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County served between two and three million meals in 2013 and relies heavily on volunteers to get those meals out into the community. Before leaving to head home a freshman Future 5 member said, “I feel like I’m going to have a better weekend because I started it off right coming here.”