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Volunteer Profiles - Susan Mentink

03/08/2013 11:21AM ● By Style

Susan Mentink

Name: Susan Mentink
Lives in: Folsom, CA
Volunteers At: Twin Lakes Food Bank

Other/Past Volunteer work: Lakeside Church, Metro Ministries, cooking for 100 kids on a week-long mission trip in Mexico, . . . .

Tell us about your first time volunteering?
Oh golly . . . I can’t remember the first time.
I do remember a very special time though. A few years ago our family (myself, husband, two young adult children) volunteered together, along with many friends, to serve Thanksgiving dinner to residents living in the Tenderloin District in San Francisco.

Why do you volunteer?
The primary reason I volunteer is for the connection with others and with the community.  Volunteering provides an opportunity to interact with people of all different ages and life experiences.

Do have any words of wisdom for people looking to volunteer?
Think about what you enjoy doing. Volunteer opportunities that match your interests and passions are likely to be most fulfilling to you and beneficial to those you are serving.  The most important skills you can bring to any volunteer opportunity, however, are an open mind, compassion and a willingness to do whatever is needed.