Dave Konkin on Why He Gives Back

Who doesn’t love a great story about passionate people making a difference in their community? That’s why I was thrilled when Dave agreed to write a guest post about his experience as a volunteer at the Calgary Food Bank. So without further adieu, it gives me great pleasure to offer you Dave’s story, in his own words…

One Person Can Make a Difference and Everyone Should Try ~ Former US President John F. Kennedy said that over 40 years ago.

Dave Konkin

Dave Konkin, Instructor at SAIT

My name is Dave Konkin. I’m a father of 8 children in a blended, multicultural family with my wonderful wife Lisa. I’ve been in the business of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) for over 30 years and currently am an instructor at SAIT, but I have been a humanitarian all my life.

The Calgary Interfaith Food Bank has always been of interest to me in my 20+ years as a Calgarian. I’ve never had the occasion to use it myself but I do know of people who have the need for it. We are all aware that life has its ups and downs, but when you have no food to feed yourself, or your family you know you are on the down side of life.

Food in our stomachs is more than just a sensation of being full, but is nutrition for minds and bodies and even more so for children. According to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank Fast Facts, 42% of the clientele is made up of children. That in itself is enough to motivate most of us who volunteer there to return again and again.

I have only been volunteering for a short time at the facility, but every two weeks I show up and meet some awesome individuals in the other volunteers and the staff. Our family has been donating to the Food Bank at grocery stores for years, and it is part of our family culture to have our children select some items and then once paid for, place them in the familiar bins at the store exit.

The ease of becoming a volunteer with the Food Bank is as simple as clicking here.

Once you have completed the online form and submitted it, you are notified via email and will need to attend a brief one hour orientation session. Following that you are scheduled as you wish to be to volunteer at the Food Bank. You can choose the frequency of your time, and they are more than happy to see you even just once every month or two.

The reward to you is immeasurable to your heart and soul. When you help others, you help yourself, and help to build community. I always think about that if I was having trouble I would hope to be helped as well, and assisting others through a simple act such as donating food, money or time to the Food Bank is a very worthwhile investment indeed.

Through purposeful thought, speech and action we can all make a difference in the world to be a better place for ourselves, our family, friends, loved ones, and the all people. ~ Dave Konkin

Thank you Dave for making a difference in your community by volunteering at the Calgary Food Bank!

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  1. bulldog

    Good for you Dave… you deserve all the good that happens to you… if only more people would either dig deep and donate or give of their time the world would be a better place for all…

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