Volunteering: A Family Affair
Judson Walsh doesn’t live in Minnesota. In fact, he doesn’t even live in the Midwest, but that doesn’t stop him from volunteering at Second Harvest Heartland. Three or four times a year, usually around the holidays, Judson flies from Lake Tahoe, where he lives and works as a career coach, to Minneapolis. He comes to visit his 90-year-old parents and reconnect with family and the friends he grew up with. He comes, because, as he puts it, he’s called to come, to give back to the community that gave him so much.
And Judson doesn’t volunteer alone. His parents, his siblings and often his nieces come with him, making it a true family affair.
“Every time I visit, I reach out to volunteer,” he said. “I do it because food is a basic need. People who are hungry can’t focus on anything else. My philosophy is we are all here to help one another and when we do that, we are fulfilling our purpose.”
Judson credits his mother, in part, for instilling the philosophy he lives by.
“My mother volunteered for the American Heart Association for many years, so I saw that growing up,” he shared. “My mom led by example. So, as an adult I began volunteering.”
And volunteering, Judson admits, doesn’t only benefit the hungry families he’s helping to feed.
“Anytime I have the opportunity to serve others, it serves me well,” he said. “It’s a great bonding experience for my family and me. Helping others has become a tradition.”
Judson already has plans to fly to Minnesota for the Christmas holiday. A few days before he arrives, he’ll be making a call to sign up to volunteer, carrying on his beloved family tradition once again.
Due to an influx of fresh produce, we need more volunteers for Brooklyn Park shifts than ever. Help us fill this need and volunteer for a shift through the end of 2018 and beyond. Signing up is quick and easy.