The Joy of Volunteering
“Volunteering with EFAA brings me a lot of joy,” says Andy Bachmann. “I live down the street from their offices and every Monday I walk to food bank to volunteer. It’s very rewarding to walk people through the aisles and help them pick out food for the week. I get to see the smiles on their faces and we get to know each other. We joke around and I know EFAA’s made a big difference in their lives.
“I also volunteer one afternoon a week with the Children’s Program at EFAA’s housing in Longmont after school, we do homework with the kids and then go do something fun. I take them to the park or teach them tennis, if the weather is nice, or have an art project or do some cooking if the weather keeps us inside. During the summer we take them on field trips, like museum or zoo visits. This summer we’ll be taking them to an art studio. These are all things they probably wouldn’t get to experience without EFAA’s program.
“I’ve been a mentor to children in the past with I Have a Dream Foundation, and also teach tennis to a similar demographic with Youth Service Initiative in Boulder. I really like working with kids. My hope is that I can be a positive male role model for them; something they might not be getting at home if their father is not in the picture. Even for the short time they know me, I hope I can make an impact.
“I know EFAA’s work helps people have a more productive life. I believe that as Boulder residents, we have a duty to help each other and help out our fellow citizens. We don’t want people going hungry and living on the streets. These are people like you and me – they’ve just had a run of bad luck, or don’t have a solid support system. We can help them get back on their feet, and I want to be part of that. This is the kind of community I want to live in.
“My parents ingrained in us the importance of good works. Volunteering and charity was a staple for my family when I was growing up. I’ve always volunteered in Boulder, and I hope that more people will join me. Really, I get a lot more out of the experience than I give. Like I said, earlier, volunteering with EFAA brings me a lot of joy!”