‘I Always try to Cheer Them Up:’ Catholic Charities Merrimack Valley Volunteer Sreyvan
Sreyvan Nget’s gift to Catholic Charities is not only the many hours she spends each week volunteering at the Lowell Food Pantry, but the warm and enthusiastic spirit she brings to this work.
“I know people are having a hard time, I understand how people suffer,” she said. “I always try to cheer them up.”
Having immigrated to the United States twenty years ago, Sreyvan is familiar with the experience of being in a new place, struggling to learn English and engage in the community. Getting involved in Catholic Charities granted her an immediate sense of belonging and more opportunities to meet people.
While volunteering each Monday and Wednesday, she helps to greet clients, fill out intake forms if they are new, and facilitate the food-distribution process. Given that many clients at Catholic Charities’ food pantries resonate with the experience of being in an uncertain and unstable position, Sreyvan is often able to connect with clients on a personal level and offer hope to those in need.
“It’s always in my mind to help people. When I give people food and see a smile on their face, it makes my heart feel good.”
Part 11 of our Twelve Days of Giving Series, sharing heartwarming stories about people spreading joy and compassion within our community this holiday season. Explore more ways to give this holiday season on our Ways to Give page.
Catholic Charities Merrimack Valley located at 70 Lawrence Street in Lowell is one of the main hubs of Catholic Charities Boston, providing basic needs, parent and family programs, and food assistance to individuals and families within the Merrimack Valley. View more about the Lowell Food Pantry hours here.