July’s volunteer of the Month: Leslie McLaughlin

Screen shot 2014-07-04 at 10.26.30 PMI found the garden by driving by on Glendale. I remembered the vacant lot and was so happy to see the beautiful garden. At the time, I was looking to volunteer at a community garden and Growing Together was just a perfect fit. I have been looking for opportunities to address the issue of food insecurity. My family has been donating food and supplies to various human service agencies in Phoenix for a number of years, and a garden experience is an even more direct way to help with this need. I am most interested in addressing child hunger so donating the crops from Growing Together to food banks and places like the Dream Center complete the circle and in our way we are making a difference in peoples’ lives. And, another benefit from this volunteer experience is that I have found a group of people of like minds who like to grow good food and who want to encourage good nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

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