A regular volunteer at the Food Center, Jerry balances a sense of humor with a sense of responsibility for the community.
Hi! Tell us about yourself. How did you become involved with the Food Center?
Hi, my name is Jerry, I’ve been coming for almost a year. I’m retired from the state of Connecticut, and there’s only so many times you can mow your lawn during the week, and my wife works home on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so she said, “You need to do something.” This is the closest one to me (I live a few miles away) so I talked to Lamar and now I come either on Tuesdays or Thursdays or both days depending on what’s going on.
What makes you want to give back to the community?
I just feel like it’s the thing to do, you know, to help out others. I still coach youth football, so I do that, I’ve been doing that for about eighteen years for the town of Waterford, and this was just something else I could do.
What’s your favorite part about volunteering with United Way?
I think, you know, when you hear people saying thanks to you and stuff when you volunteer, and they know you’re putting in your own time, that makes you feel good.
What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering with United Way?
I’d say, come down and try it! See what you think. You meet a lot of nice people, we have all different stories, you know, each week we discuss what went on.