It’s no coincidence that Air Force veteran Joe Wolosyn of Southington, Conn., who has dedicated his life to serving others found his way through the doors of Bread for Life just under two years ago. Bread for Life is proud to recognize Joe as the volunteer of the month of November.
How did you come to hear about Bread for Life?
“I first read about Bread for Life in the church bulletin at Immaculate Conception Church and I thought to myself, ‘this would be a nice thing to do.’ I was looking for something to do because my wife and I moved here from California about two years ago. We liked to give back to the community where we lived and wanted to get involved in our new community.”
Can you share a unique experience about your time here?
“It’s hard to pinpoint one unique story because everyone has their own. These people are amazing. Some worked for Bread for Life and now they’re elderly and they can’t get out of the house to get food. It’s an honor to go and serve them now, that’s really special. It comes full circle and it helps you recognize how blessed we are.”
What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering?
“Jump in with two feet! There are so many different things you can do. Just putting a smile on your face and handing someone their lunch can make the difference in someone’s entire day. Just spending time with people, asking them how they’re doing – it’s a beautiful thing to do – to give someone your time.”
How has this place helped you form relationships?
“It’s such a good and warming experience volunteering here. It’s difficult sometimes when there are people who have been working together for a while you think, ‘how are they going to receive a new person like me who is coming from across the country?’ Everyone was welcoming and treated me like I’d been here all along. Every day that I come down here, I really enjoy it. It’s really encouraging.”
How has this impacted your life personally?
“I learned a long time ago if you can spare an hour a week then go ahead and spend it volunteering. There are a lot of people out there that don’t see the need because they don’t look for it. But there’s a great need.”