Meet Omar, one of TMFB’s longstanding volunteers:
“Many years ago, I started volunteering once a week for two hours a day, then two days a week, then three days, and eventually when I retired, I just knew this was going to be my second home.
I’ve sorted food, baled cardboard, helped in the Aquaponics Farm, swept floors, helped pack stuff, helped seal stuff, helped carry things… Anything that I need to do, I would never shy away from.
Volunteering here makes me feel that we are getting somewhere, that we are climbing this ladder, and that we know we are going to get to the top. I feel so satisfied being able to help others.
I think it is in inherently in all of us to volunteer. Everyone should volunteer; it’s a civic responsibility for everyone to make sure that they give back, and to not be an “I” society, but to become a “we” society.
I love everything about this place. I especially love the people that work here– they are some of the greatest people I’ve ever met.
I have so many great memories here. But the one that impacted me the most was TMFB recognizing my volunteering abilities and giving me the volunteer of the year award. I think in my entire life, this was the best award that I’ve ever gotten. And I’ve gotten a few awards in my lifetime, but this one’s at the top.
I love coming here, and I’ve said it before– if they don’t want me here, they are going to have to call the cops because I am going to come here regardless to volunteer!”
Thanks Omar, for all that you do here at TMFB!