Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Andrew

After initiating a successful corporate volunteer shift with CFBNJ back in 2019, Andrew was nominated to become a Volunteer Champion at his company, giving him the ability to continue organizing volunteer events. Since then, Andrew has been a champion for CFBNJ, frequently planning office volunteer outings to sort, pack, and prep food and meals for our neighbors in need. 

“Because volunteering makes me genuinely happy, it means a lot to me to be able to volunteer at CFBNJ,” Andrew told us. “And I enjoy working for a company that promotes volunteering and gives me the platform to expand on my passion for volunteering and share it with fellow employees.”  

At CFBNJ, he can usually be found sorting and packing through food. He notes that he especially enjoys the tangibility of volunteering, from physically lifting boxes to seeing the total number of pounds and meals at the end of every volunteer shift. As a Hillside native himself, he shares his appreciation for hearing and seeing the direct impact that CFBNJ has on the community. 

“I grew up with humble beginnings myself, and I’ve been blessed throughout my life,” Andrew shared. “And being that I’ve been blessed, it’s only right for me to bless others as well.” 

With Andrew and his wife, another CFBNJ corporate volunteer, both passionate about volunteerism, he hopes to bring his children to CFBNJ when they are a little older to show them what it means to give their time and share their blessings with others, teaching them that anyone can be on the receiving end of a food bank.