September 25, 2018

Making a Difference with Helping Hands

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

People of any age can make a difference.

In 2015, Brie Quisumbing asked her parents how she could make a difference in the world. “I’m just a kid,” she said. She was only 11 at the time.

Her parents told her that even kids can make a difference, they just need to start small.

After giving it some thought for a few days she came back to them and said she wanted to start a volunteer group with her friends. With a little help from her parents, she created a logo, picked a color for t-shirts, wrote a mission statement and Helping Hands was born.

The group started small but now has 20 members. They volunteer regularly at Second Harvest Food Bank and various nonprofits around Central Florida.

Recognizing Outstanding Youth

Each year Second Harvest recognizes young people who are making a difference with the Andre Reyna Youth Against Hunger Award. Andre was a student at UCF and a frequent volunteer at the food bank. He cared very deeply about social justice and wanted people to have the basics of life no matter their financial resources. Andre planned a life of public service and helping others. His life was tragically cut short, however, in an auto accident in 2009. Today, his memory and spirit continue to motivate his family, friends and others in the community to get involved and make a difference.

Helping Hands is a prime example that being a Hunger Hero in your community is not bound by age. Second Harvest is proud to recognize Brie and Helping Hands for their enthusiasm and willingness to help make a difference.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Second Harvest, visit www.feedhopenow.org/volunteer.





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