Volunteer Highlight: Olivia Grist


Volunteer Highlight: Meet Olivia

Connecting Communities | August 2020

How long have you been volunteering at our Lincoln Park Food Pantry?

I've been volunteering for three or four months. I started fairly soon after the Illinois Stay at Home Order was issued.

How did you get connected to MSV?

I read about the need for volunteers in the monthly newsletter and reached out to express interest.

What do you do outside of volunteering?

I spend a lot of my time doing photography and blogging. I also love facetiming my parents who live in Ohio.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Breakfast! And the ability to spend my days giving back by utilizing my skills as a creator.

What is your favorite part about volunteering?

The community is my favorite part about volunteering. I've formed some of the great relationships through my time at MSV.

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Funny, silly, and passionate.

If you could have dinner with one person in the world, who would it be?

If I could have dinner with 1 person in the world, I think it would be either one of my grandmothers. I never had a chance to meet either of them, and that's a relationship I've always longed for.

What is the most challenging part of volunteering?

Honestly, nothing is challenging about volunteering. In fact, just the opposite. It has been a lifeline for me during this difficult time and it's pretty much the only thing I have to look forward to each week. It's the only thing that's made this pandemic bearable.

What is something that everyone should know about MSV?

Everyone is welcome!

What is something everyone should know about volunteering?

It truly changes your perspective and allows room in your heart and mind for ideas, beliefs, thoughts, and relationships you didn't know you were capable of having.

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