I am a teacher, an old one. When schools initially shut down in-person learning in March of 2020 it was a shock to everyone in the educational field. A new way of instruction took shape. But, we were somehow able to complete the school year in patchwork fashion. Then, August rolled around and I dreadfully discovered that my work place, a unique educational institution (a juvenile detention facility), would continue to use a remote, virtual learning format; I knew that I had to find a worthy outlet for my need to be a part of society. Taking a thirty-something year veteran teacher accustomed to interacting with marginalized kids, one-on-one, on daily basis, and then sitting him in front of a laptop expecting him to connect with kids, didn't cut it. Mental anguish ensued. That's when I decided to see if WRP had a volunteer activity to channel my desire to serve society and get off my duff. I was also looking for some physical activity, having recently retired from amateur sports officiating after 30 years. What a beautiful connection we were able to create. And a safe one. And just a few blocks from home. The pantry saved me! The dedicated volunteers are a blessing-beautiful, unassuming, unheralded people! The staff is incomparable. Ultimately, the pantry is good medicine. At this time, I have been volunteering a couple days a week for over a year and hope they don't throw me out anytime soon. I have found a fantastic way to make a positive impact on my community."