Fall is officially here and it’s time for October’s volunteer spotlight. Bridgette is earning her Master of Science in Nutrition / Didactic Program in Dietetics (MSN/DPD) from Bastyr University, and has been volunteering with HIP this summer to earn experience hours in food service management and community nutrition. In her months with HIP, Bridgette has worked across programs, preparing meals for The Oaks shelter, serving lunches to seniors at the Community Center, and even staffing HIP’s info booth at the Lake City Summer Festival.
Bridgette has enjoyed volunteering in HIP’s small-group settings, and appreciates the ability to get to know staff and other volunteers. In addition, she “felt like it was a more personal opportunity to volunteer in the community,” referencing the “up close and personal” nature of HIP’s volunteer opportunities, like the lunch service at the Senior Community Meal. She loves seeing the impact that the meals make on the lives of seniors. “You can see that they’re saying thank you from the bottom of their heart,” she explains.
Volunteering at HIP is one of Bridgette’s many extracurricular activities! When not in school or with her three kids, she’s busy on the board of the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association, or is volunteering as the Vice President of Bastyr’s Student Nutrition Association, helping to coordinate the school’s food pantry, student mentorship program, and more. We are thrilled that Bridgette will soon enough become a registered dietician and help others lead more healthy lifestyles.