We have many in the community who reach out to help Food for Fairview. We, in turn, reach out to help others. But recently at Food for Fairview, the word “reach” has taken on a whole new meaning.
Meet REACH (Reynolds Establishing Active Community Hospitality), a club at AC Reynolds High School whose sole purpose is to reach out to lend a helping hand in the community through participating in a wide range of service projects. Most recently, since we are now open after school hours, REACH has taken on Food for Fairview as its latest service project. A rotating group of students comes to Food for Fairview each Monday to assist with anything needed.
According to club President Johan Aguilera, the group has many hours of volunteer service behind it, and many more to come. Recently, the group participated in the Buddy Walk in Fletcher and volunteered at MANNA Food Bank. Coming up, this dedicated group of young people will be assisting with the Christmas Celebration at Biltmore Village as well as Christmas caroling at a local hospice. A spring project with RiverLink is also in the works.
I recently had an opportunity to attend a club meeting and speak to the group about Food for Fairview and our mission. What an inspiration it was to meet this compassionate group of young people and see firsthand their passion for volunteering!
Many thanks to Molly Sager, faculty advisor, for facilitating this great group. We also thank Kim Rogers, Communications and Events Director for the club, for initiating contact with Food for Fairview to get the ball rolling on our collaboration. Of this great group we have to say – we’re glad you “reached” out to us!