Maintaining Human Connection Through Volunteerism During COVID...
Meet Allen Foiles, FIRST at Blue Ridge Case Manager by day and active community volunteer on the weekends. As a long-time volunteer, he jumped in after COVID-19 hit to ask where he could help lend a hand, finding Salvation Army and their need for support cooking and serving meals for the community.
"When COVID-19 came up and the other events that I'm usually a part of were cancelled, I knew there was probably a need where I could go help the community and hang out with cool people safely," he said. "I was looking at the Hands On website and saw that there was a need for help in the kitchen with the Salvation Army so I signed up for that, and put on a costume and just had fun helping and meeting people at the same time."
Foiles said he's enjoyed being a part of an active Zoom community, connecting with so many people online through the crisis, yet there's a missing component in the everyday human connection, which he sought to fill through volunteering. And he wasn't alone as 1,179 volunteer needs were filled from March 16 to June 1, 2020 at nonprofits throughout Buncombe County through our Hands On Asheville-Buncombe volunteer center.