When Steve Scott received his “COVID vacation notice,” as he calls it, from his employer, he knew how he’d be spending his time off—helping his community get through this crisis.
Steve works for a retail company that temporarily closed its stores in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s spent every weekday since making emergency food bags to be distributed at Second Harvest’s Mobile Market distributions.
A regular Mobile Market volunteer, Steve has seen how hunger impacts our community. He decided to spend his time off from work at Second Harvest because he knows the need for food assistance will grow during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m a very firm believer that community is what you make of it—what you put into it. Even though I’m one of the people who lives paycheck-to-paycheck, I’m grateful to have a paycheck,” he said.
Steve is especially thinking of his elderly parents right now while volunteering. He’s avoiding physical contact with them, but he still wants to help people like them from a distance. “This is a way for me to ensure that people like my folks can have what they need, are safe and are able to stay safe,” said Steve.
“As someone who is healthy and active, volunteering at Second Harvest is something I can do to be there for those people who need food right now.”