Congratulations to Julio Lopez, our January 2016 Volunteer of the Month! Julio has only been volunteering with Inspiration Corporation for a few months, but he has already become a pivotal part of our team. He preps and cooks food for our Meals Program multiple times a week, and his graciousness in sharing his culinary talents is so meaningful to us as a non-profit organization.

We are so proud to have Julio as part of the Inspiration Corporation community!  Here’s what he said about his experience volunteering with us:

How did you hear about Inspiration Corporation?

Inspiration Corporation was a suggestion from a friend. I was looking for a place that I could put my career/skills/experience to good use; this is that place.

Julio Lopez
Julio in the Inspiration Cafe kitchen

What is the most enjoyable part of volunteering for you?

For me, it’s the ability to use a lot of my skills that I attained over the last decade for something other than profit or a paycheck. Being able to deliver quality food to those who may not have privilege brings me a greater sense of purpose not only personally, but also professionally.

What is your volunteer background?

In the past, my volunteering seemed to always come back around to cooking whether it be for a church group, at a soup kitchen, or holiday meals. I can’t escape cooking it seems, even in the realm of public service.

Why do you volunteer?

Honestly, it was something that was instilled in me. As far back as I can remember, my mother used to take me with her to community service projects or church volunteer groups.

What are you hobbies, besides volunteering?

When I am not cooking professionally or in a volunteer capacity, I produce/write films independently as well as watch them religiously. I am also a very amateur Olympic lifter (very amateur).

What have you learned from your volunteer experience?

I’ve always strived to be the best chef/cook in order to serve the best. In my time, I feel like I have cooked for some very important people. However, it is not always who I am cooking for, but why. My experience here has given me a stronger purpose and outlook on my career to cook for a purpose rather than vanity.