Roger Hancock has been a long-time friend of the Food Bank as a regular volunteer and donor. Ten years ago he brought along a team of CSAA Insurance Group volunteers and the rest is history. Now he helps organize numerous events throughout the year for employees to volunteer at the Food Bank. New hires at CSAA Insurance Group headquarters in Walnut Creek also participate in a volunteer event at the Food Bank as part of their on-boarding process.
What was your first impression of the Food Bank?
Amazing facility and truly amazing staff and volunteers. It is extraordinary what the Food Bank accomplishes on a daily basis to serve hunger in our community. I was most impressed that Larry Sly, Executive Director of the Food Bank, stopped by to thank the volunteers for the important work that they do. Larry continues to find time in his day to swing by to thank the food sorting volunteers. Incredible, personal touch.
When you last volunteered, how did that make you feel?
I always have a rewarding, meaningful, and fun time at the Food Bank. Our employees at CSAA Insurance Group also report feeling fulfilled and enjoying spending time with their colleagues. And, I also like that I can volunteer alongside of my wife, Sunny. I also like the “physical workout.” I usually volunteer to lift, tape, and weigh boxes that are about 30 – 40 pounds.
What do you wish other people knew about the Food Bank?
Volunteering at the Food Bank truly is rewarding and an excellent place for our employees to volunteer in teams. The time commitment to successfully complete a volunteer shift is very manageable – lasting 2 – 3 hours. I leave the Food Bank pretty exhausted. But, I feel great at what our team of volunteers accomplishes.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Do it. Volunteer. When I go to the Food Bank — I arrive happy and excited. When I am at the Food Bank, I am working hard and having fun. And, when I leave the Food Bank, I know I have made a difference in the lives of others… and in my own life too.
Thanks for all you do Roger and team!