Employee of the Month: Tom Saccoman

How did you get started at Bread for Life?

I got started in 2012 because my church made an announcement that they needed volunteers to make sandwiches. I was recently retired so I showed up and I made sandwiches. Then I did it again and one day I said,  “if you ever need me to help I’m available.” So soon after I started driving the van and delivering meals and from there I began working in the kitchen and here I am. I still deliver meals and work in the kitchen.

What is your favorite part of volunteering for Bread for Life?

It gives you a satisfaction that you’re helping people. When I worked (before I retired) I never had time to volunteer. I was never home, I traveled all of the time so when I retired I thought, “I need to give back.” It gives you a really good feeling to help people and that’s what it’s all about. Plus you fall in love with the people here. It doesn’t ever feel like working, it’s really fun.

What were you doing before Bread for Life?

I was a project manager in the transportation business which had me traveling a lot.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well I live in Southington and I have two boys. One is in Bend, Oregon and he’s a music teacher and my other son lives in Litchfield, Connecticut and he’s a high school teacher in Watertown. I’m really proud of them.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering?

If they’re thinking about it they should give it a try and if they do try it will probably be lasting. To be able to see the impact you have on people who may not be as privileged as you is really the most rewarding part of it.