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Brianna Halasa

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About Brianna

Class of 2017

Biochemistry major

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Manna Soup Kitchen

How did you get involved in community service?

I wanted to continue my previous involvement in community service when I began my Smith career, so I attended the CSO Welcome Party to learn more about volunteer opportunities. Through that event, I was able to explore the numerous partnerships that the CSO maintains. I decided that Manna, a soup kitchen located close to campus, would be a fruitful opportunity.

What do you find rewarding about working with Manna Soup Kitchen?

I find it rewarding to know that I can help prepare a warm meal for those who cannot provide that for themselves at the moment. It is reassuring to know that they will not leave Manna hungry and that they can count on lunch and dinner on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

What one moment has stood out to you the most?

I enjoy volunteering at Manna because I always have meaningful interactions with the people who eat there. Whether it is just talking about how their days are going or seeing a lady's face brighten when she talks about her granddaughter, I love talking to my friends at Manna and getting to know them better.

What would you like someone else to know about the work you do?

I would like others to know that volunteering at Manna involves only a short walk, making volunteering there very accessible. The shifts are three hours, which is extremely manageable as a student. You can dictate your own schedule of when you go in to volunteer by signing up for shifts online whenever you are able.