May’s Volunteer of the Month: Casey Middaugh
Casey Middaugh can’t stay away from Teen Feed.
Casey first got involved with Teen Feed age 12, helping her Grandmother prepare food for her meal team. Between school and activities, Casey participate on meal teams, but wanted to be at Teen Feed regularly. Finding some free time in her busy schedule, last August Casey became an advocate volunteer, engaging with young people over the TF meal on Monday evenings. Every week fellow volunteers and guests alike are drawn to her vibrant and upbeat personality. With Casey’s uplifting energy and infectious laughter continues to inspire meaningful relationships with our guests, making Teen Feed a even brighter and happier place.
How long have you been volunteering at Teen Feed?
I started doing advocate work in August I guess, but I have been doing cooking and helping with meal teams since I was 12. My grandma got me started young!
How did you get involved with Teen Feed?
The Church that my Grandparents went to had a meal team and my Grandma was doing the cooking so at that point I started to join in on the meal team. Last August I started as an Advocate volunteer.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering at Teen Feed?
Well , it’s my favorite thing and least favorite thing. It’s when you build a relationship with a guest and they are really cool and wonderful then they get a job and move on and you don’t see them anymore. On the one hand you are really excited for them but on the other hand you don’t get to hang out with them anymore and that’s a bummer.
What do you like to do outside of volunteering?
Improvised Comedy! I have done a couple of shows with Wing It (on the Ave), and I have done shows with a couple other groups in the area. It’s a lot of fun and I love it.
What did you eat today?
So far nothing, but I have a sweet bagel on the way.
What have you learned from volunteering at Teen Feed?
I have learned so much, and a lot of it is pretty personal. I’ve been unemployed for much of the time I’ve been an advocate and hearing my own fears and worries echoed in the voices of the guests has been humbling and eye opening. My respect for them has grown exponentially.
Thank you for your openness and enthusiasm, Casey! To learn more about Teen Feed’s Advocate, Ally, and Meal Team volunteer programs, click here.