Moving forward when things don’t go as planned
For this Volunteer of the Month post, we are featuring our Volunteer Program Intern, Nora Healy! Nora has been an amazing help to our program, and has been incredibly adaptive to the changing circumstances due to COVID-19. Through it all, she has maintained a super positive, can-do attitude. She is always ready to help out and we’re grateful to have her on our team! Learn more about Nora below.
So tell me, how did you get started with Food Forward?
I had friends who had interned with Food Forward before, so when I decided to take fewer classes this semester in order to make room for an internship, Food Forward was the first place I looked. The Volunteer Program Internship stood out to me the most, so I applied and here I am!
What drew you to Food Forward’s work and mission?
I have always been passionate about food justice and Food Forward has done such a clever job of utilizing existing resources (produce that is already growing on trees all over LA and that might be wasted at farmers markets and wholesale markets) to solve long standing issues of food insecurity.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering/interning with Food Forward?
I am a senior at Occidental College where I am a director of a middle school mentorship program and a Chicken Tender for the lovely hens in our community garden. In my free time you can find me binging the Great British Baking Show, baking my own treats, snuggling with my foster cat, and spending as much time as possible outside.
What is your favorite part about volunteering/interning with Food Forward?
My favorite part of interning at Food Forward is the people. Everyone I have met from my coworkers to the Glean Team Leaders have been welcoming, kind, and teachers to me during this internship.
How would you describe the volunteer experience as an intern?
I love interning here because I feel like a real part of the organization. I am given meaningful tasks and not just treated like someone to get coffee. I get to (virtually) go to meetings, brainstorm ideas for handling the COVID-19 changes, and work on my professional development.
What have you learned from volunteering?
I have learned how to move forward when things are not going as planned. I started this internship right before the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, so I started in the office and in the field, like all of my predecessor interns, but a couple weeks in we moved entirely online. Since then I have gotten to be a part of creatively finding ways for Food Forward volunteers to remain engaged with food justice issues in LA and with our organization during social distancing.
Any words of wisdom you live by?
At this moment, amid the very real coronavirus concern, I have been reminding myself that “this too shall pass” and making sure I get enough sunshine everyday.