Our March Volunteer of the Month, Megan Keeler, has been involved with Inspiration Corporation since 1999! Thank you Megan for your continued support of Inspiration Corporation.
How did you hear about Inspiration Corporation?
In 1999, I participated in a day of service as an undergrad at Loyola University and I spent the day at Inspiration Corporation.
What is the most enjoyable part of volunteering for you?
I really enjoy serving breakfast at the Cafe in Uptown. I typically volunteer on Monday mornings and have found it to be a great way to start the week! While I may not see the same faces, engaging in conversation with the cafe’s patrons is something I look forward to each week.
What aspect of volunteering are you most excited about? What is the most challenging?
I take the job of server seriously and am excited to provide a unique restaurant experience for the patrons of Inspiration Cafe. Challenges at the Cafe are often met with the teamwork of other volunteers and patrons. Everyone is willing to pitch in to help complete a successful meal service.
What is your volunteer background?
I started volunteering at a young age. I have travelled to Costa Rica to volunteer in an orphanage, coordinated a Thanksgiving Food Basket program for families in Rogers Park, and promoted literacy skills as a Reading Buddy at CPS schools through Open Books. In addition to serving breakfast at the Uptown Cafe, I currently volunteer as a writing coach for Chicago area students who attend literacy field trips at Open Books in River North.
Why do you volunteer?
I volunteer in order to stay connected to my community. I feel it is my responsibility to contribute in a positive way to all the great things that are happening in Chicago.
Describe one of the most interesting experiences you’ve had as a volunteer.
I will never forget the day a patron came in early for breakfast. He was dressed for his first day of a new job and his entire being was beaming. It really underscored the importance of having a purpose. I did not know him very well but I was so excited for his success!
What are your hobbies, besides volunteering?
I like to cook and bake (and eat!), hike state parks with my dog, spend time with friends and family, read historical fiction, develop and write recipes, and sew.
What have you learned from your volunteer experience?
I have learned the facts about homelessness and hunger in the city and how my time really can effect change!