By: Shawna Pye, Greenheart Exchange Work and Travel Employer Relations Manager

Last June, as part of the Going Greenheart Tour, I met with participants in the Outer Banks at the Beach Food Pantry in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina for a volunteer project. We learned that the food bank is not funded by the government, so it relies heavily on donations, which makes volunteering really appreciated!

This project effectively distributed food to those in need. The participants eagerly helped sort and organize the freezer—a welcomed task in the heat and humidity of the summer! Participants also helped with labeling, shelving, and putting pet food into smaller bags for distribution. During the volunteer event, I chatted with the participants about how they can continue to find ways to volunteer and give back – even if their home country does not have a similar community resource.

After the collaborative volunteer work, we headed to a favorite dining spot for a great American meal of burgers and fries!

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Overall, this was a positive experience giving back to the community and exploring the Outer Banks!

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