Hi, my name is Vihashan! You may not know me but I grew up in Scarborough and lived here my whole life, which is around 21 years. I am currently completing my fourth year in Life Sciences at University of Toronto Scarborough. During my spare time, I enjoy playing sports such as basketball and swimming, and fun fact, I am also teaching myself how to play the drums. When others see me, they typically notice that I am a fairly open, calm, and positive person to have conversations with. I am not judgmental, and I love having conversations about almost anything!
Volunteering with SCHC was a great experience for me for various reasons. I loved how the hours were really flexible because it was something that was important to me as I had meetings on unexpected days. I appreciated how all the SCHC workers and volunteers were respectful, accommodating, and understanding of my student-life schedule. There was never a dull moment because I genuinely was able to enjoy my time volunteering, and not feel stressed.
I love volunteering because the interactions I had with people and the positive experiences have always been rewarding! There were times when I gave out food at the Food Bank and got to create connections with people that came in regularly. It felt nice being able to say “Hi” to familiar faces. Not only did it bring my face a smile, but also theirs which felt rewarding!
Of all my experiences volunteering, a memory that stood out the most for me was when we had a surprise birthday party for a volunteer. She was not expecting it and it was so sweet seeing her reaction. Although all the volunteers were of various ages, genders, and backgrounds, we came together that day and celebrated. At that moment, I realized the importance of working together in a community. It was a very comforting atmosphere and felt like a second home!
While volunteering with SCHC has been amazing, I would 100% say that programs such as the food bank can always use more helping hands. There are days when it can get a bit tough trying to manage and drop off a ton of food and on days when there are only a few members on-site, we would have to haul hundreds of pounds of food back and forth. These programs could definitely use more muscle power during times like these!
There are endless amounts of volunteer opportunities available at SCHC! If you are a youth, adult, or senior that wants to get involved, check out our SCHC Volunteers Page or contact Lori Beesley at firstname.lastname@example.org.