Jason Begany is our Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at the Newark facility (he’s on the right in the picture). He’s been on our staff since December, but has served as a loyal FBD volunteer for more than seven years! He sat down for a Q&A about his job at the Food Bank of Delaware and what inspires him!
What do you like most about your job?
What I like most is seeing humanity in action, meeting new people and assisting them in helping others in the community. Something I really like about my job is that I get to see people during their best moments. Everyday is truly rewarding because our volunteers come here to help those in need. They are here to do good and I think that’s the beauty of volunteering. My job is to keep them motivated and help volunteers achieve their goals! Because of volunteering we’re better as people and as a community.
What’s your typical day like?
When I first get in I check my email for the day’s volunteer tasks. Usually there are one or two special projects. Next I make my rounds to say good morning to everyone on the staff. Once I make my rounds, I head to the kitchen to say good morning to our regular volunteers who make meals for our children’s afterschool feeding program. Other volunteers typically begin filtering in around 8:30 a.m. – everyday tasks include sorting food, cleaning coolers for the afterschool program, thank you card making, packing emergency meal boxes and other special projects. Throughout the day I help out volunteers and set up projects. Since I live so close to the Food Bank, only 3.5 miles away, I go home and play with my dogs for lunch and I ride my bike back to work. During the afternoon I finish up projects, return emails and other tasks. Closer to the end of the day I sweep the floors, mop, tidy up – turn off all of the lights that are not being used to save energy and lock the doors if I’m the last to leave.
How does your job at the Food Bank inspire you?
It inspires me simply because of all of the difficulties we are experiencing as a community. I see people that are willing to go the extra mile to help people they don’t even know. I am inspired by the fact that people smile and say thank you to me for giving them the opportunity to help. I am inspired by my coworkers’ passions for their jobs. The people I get to work with are the best – it’s pretty cool. Mr. Joe, Stacy, Pat, Kim, Sanjay, Mr. Ed – the list goes on.
What would you say to those who are on the fence about volunteering at the Food Bank? Regardless of whether you’re on the fence or not, volunteering will always make your community a better place. Right now we are in a crisis as a community – the fact that 1 in 4 people in our community depend on our food assistance services simply means we need all of the help we can get. I also want people to think hard about what it means to volunteer. I think many people think volunteering is to forgo something – I want to challenge them, volunteering will only make you a wealthier person. And volunteering for a need so critical in your community will bring you even greater rewards. There are more than 10,000 people who give their time to the Food Bank each year and we feed a quarter of a million people, half of them are children, this is our community, we all play a role in making the place better.