About the Podcast:

Kelly Gibbons is the Community Outreach and Social Justice Programs Coordinator in the Shoval Center for Community Engagement at King’s College. She shares stories of courage, belonging, and how giving back opens your eyes, hearts, and minds.

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Never take a volunteer for granted. They can do big things! They bring their passion to the job.

About Kelly Gibbons:

Kelly Gibbons is the Community Outreach and Social Justice Programs Coordinator in the Shoval Center for Community Engagement at King’s College. She earned a B.A. in Communications with a Certificate in Leadership and Global Dynamics from King’s College and is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from King’s College. She is a certified trauma practitioner in education and an active volunteer in the community. Kelly is a co-founder of the Kelci Ever After Do Good Fund held at the Luzerne Foundation. The fund was established to honor the memory of her daughter Kelci and to do good, be kind and give back to the community in ways that would have been meaningful to Kelci.

Discussion Takeaways:

  • College students are vital to any service, volunteer opportunities, and can act as a crucial connector to community resources.
  • People who come through the food line at the food pantry are often classified as “those people”. But, they could easily be any one of us.
  • Federal income requirements for receiving benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are so strict. People living right over the poverty threshold often have to choose between paying for their car repairs, medical bills, or food.
  • Serving with everyone at the food pantry gives Kelly a sense of kindness and hope in the world. The team’s work helps those who give, just as much as the receivers.
  • People who come through the food line at the food pantry are often classified as “those people”. But, they could easily be any one of us.

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