Last fall, feeling isolated in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gracie was looking for a way to make an impact and connect with her community. When she started serving with the Larimer County Food Bank in Fort Collins, Colorado, as a Repair the World service corps member, she was quickly drawn in by the Food Bank’s mission to provide food to all in need through community partnerships and hunger-relief programs, and the difference she saw it make for her neighbors experiencing food insecurity.
As Gracie handed out groceries, she heard from her neighbors how essential these services were to them, and saw how something as small as a chocolate chip cookie could bring a smile to their face. Since then, Gracie has continued to serve as a corps member and volunteer at the Food Bank.
Her service experience has also shown her how deeply nonprofits like the Larimer County Food Bank rely on volunteers and donations to sustain their work. Year-round, thousands of Repair the World volunteers support nonprofit partners through meaningful service. Gracie lived out the Jewish value of achdoot, or solidarity, and made a difference in her community locally meeting the needs of her neighbors in need.