Miranda Myszka, Volunteer at FrancisCorps

Value of Kinship

While working in the Assumption Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen, I give a lot. I cannot count the number of canned goods and pounds of food that have passed though my hands on its way to clients’ bellies. But in all my giving, I also receive. These gifts take many forms—opportunities to build confidence, spiritual…

Miranda Myszka, Volunteer at FrancisCorps

Support, Relationships, and Balance

During my typical work day, I start by getting the pantry set up and opening at 8:45am. I’ll check clients in and fill orders until 11 when the pantry closes and I’ll switch gears to getting the soup kitchen window ready. From 11:30-1pm, volunteers serve at the soup kitchen and I float around doing dishes,…

Miranda Myszka, Volunteer at FrancisCorps

Authentic Community

At first, I wasn’t committed to the thought of doing a service year. Initially, I thought I was going to crush my senior year of college like a rockstar and get a stellar teaching job (I’m a English Education major). However, the pandemic, finishing college, and student teaching left me weary from education (even though…

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