April’s Advocates of the Month: Ellie & Molly Nicoletta
Molly and Ellie – Teen Feed’s Dynamic Duo!
Both dedicated Teen Feed volunteers, Molly and Ellie are a dynamic mother/daughter duo, who have been involved with Teen Feed for over a year. Mother Molly’s calm, steady, nurturing presence and daughter Ellie’s smiling compassion make them invaluable additions to Tuesday nights at Teen Feed. Ellie (the daughter) has held all three of our most popular volunteering positions – she started as a meal team member, became an ally, and then in January joined us as an advocate volunteer. Ellie was kind enough to allow us to interview her about her experience volunteering at Teen Feed with her mother.
How long have you been volunteering at Teen Feed? What got you involved?
Well, I was on the Bishop Blanchet Meal Team when I was a freshman, 4 years ago. In January of last year my mother, Molly, and I were talking about finding a way to spend our time that gives back to the community and I remembered the great experience I’d had as a meal team member. I started as an ally and my mom started as an advocate at the same time – it’s been great to get to spend time at Teen Feed together. Once I turned 18 I became an advocate as well.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering at Teen Feed?
I really like talking with Teen Feed guests and getting to know them – they’re really interesting! Also, homelessness and life experiences different from my own make me think about life in a different and bigger way.
What do you like to do outside of volunteering?
I like watching TV and movies. We also have an awesome poodle that I enjoy going on walks with. I have great friends and enjoy getting to spend time with them.
What did you eat today?
I went out for breakfast and got hash browns and strawberries – delicious. I had a classic PB&J as well.
What have you learned from volunteering at Teen Feed?
I’ve learned that life can be really hard and to never generalize or stereotype. My experiences at Teen Feed have taught me to be much more compassionate.
It’s people like you and Molly that teach us lessons of compassion too, Ellie. Thank you for volunteering! To learn more about the Teen Feed’s Advocate, Ally, and Meal Team volunteer programs, click here.
Learn how to get the stylish Teen Feed apparel and gear Ellie and Molly are modeling here!