After Adult Lead Volunteer Lynn Fedoryk retired from teaching and moved to Placerville a few years ago, she was looking for volunteer opportunities to work with students. She saw an ad for Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference adult volunteers in the local Clipper magazine. After learning more, she thought this would be the perfect opportunity to engage with motivated young people who are passionate about helping others.
What have you learned about Hands4Hope that you didn't know about before you started volunteering with us?
Being new to the area, I had never heard of Hands4Hope before I started volunteering. So I was just happy to find that such an organization existed! I think the thing that stands out to me the most is that the youth are the ones who are in the driver’s seat. They are able to follow their passion for helping others when determining a need in the community that they would like to address, and they are in charge of the planning, implementation and wrap up/review for each event. The result is amazing leadership experiences for the youth while serving the communities that they live in.
What has been the most memorable experience so far with Hands4Hope?
I think the most memorable experience that I’ve had so far with Hands4Hope is participating in the Empty Bowls Supper as an adult mentor. I was able to see how hard the Youth Leader and all of the Hands4Hope participants worked in conjunction with the Empty Bowls Committee to put on an event to raise money for the food insecure. Months of planning and hard work resulted in a wonderful and successful evening.
What would you say to other adults out there in the community who may be looking to get involved with Hands4Hope?
I would tell other adults who may want to get involved with Hands4Hope that if they are looking for something that is very rewarding and that will restore their faith in humanity, then they should do it!