Each month, a volunteer at SFBFS is featured for their dedication of time and talent. This month’s volunteer spotlight is:
Eugene Asampong-Oduro - June 2015
Eugene Asampong-Oduro, originally from Ghana, is 38 and a biochemist by trade. He relocated from New York to Sacramento this past August and commented, “The weather here is nice, I don’t have dress like I am an Eskimo or astronaut.” Upon moving, he became involved with The Ghanaian Community of Sacramento that organizes events and service opportunities in Sacramento. This led Eugene to volunteer with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services on Thanksgiving Day at Run to Feed the Hungry, SFBFS’ largest annual fundraiser.
After the event, Eugene decided to follow up and become a volunteer with SFBFS to contribute to his community. “In Africa, we see on TV that America is beautiful. Everybody is happy and eating, everybody lives in a nice home. But when you come here it’s not like that, there are homeless people, people who are hungry.” So Eugene decided to volunteer in the Demonstration Garden so he could help get the food out to the community.
In the Demonstration Garden, Eugene plants, weeds, waters, composts, rakes and harvests; the a la carte menu of garden duties. Kate Wilkins, SFBFS’ Garden Coordinator, says, “He is very excited to try new things and he’s so happy to do everything, even tasks like raking.”
Eugene reflects, “You plant the seed and you realize that after some time it grows and we harvest it and it’s beautiful. When you sow you will reap.”
Eugene hopes to continue helping his community by attending medical school to become a doctor. His other dream is to settle down with a big animal farm. No matter where the future leads, Eugene’s “hope and prayer” is that when he comes to visit SFBFS, he would “love to see the garden flourishing or even better than it is now.” About volunteering in the garden, he explains, “that is the best way to express myself to love nature. We have to eat to live; we have to eat to grow.”
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