June’s Advocate of the Month – Andrea Cote

Thoughtful, brilliant and supportive.  That’s Andrea Cote.

We first got to know and admire Andrea when she began as an Intern at Teen Feed in the spring of 2011. We love working with Andrea in and outside of program. Since her internship, Andrea continues to help us out with her broad skill set behind the scenes, assisting us with administrative processes and organization at Teen Feed.  We’re so jazzed to celebrate her volunteerism as well as her completion of the Master of Science in Information Management from the University Washington. Andrea has been an Advocate since June of 2011.

Why/how did you get involved with Teen Feed?

I got to know Teen Feed in a roundabout way. There was an internship description at the Information School (UW). I responded, met with Megan and was asked to compile data and code it for Teen Feed’s stake holder interviews. As I was going through the interviews and reading people’s conceptions of Teen Feed I really got to know the program. To better understand what I was analyzing, I attended the volunteer orientation. Then I started volunteering as an Advocate.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering at Teen Feed?

The sense of community I feel at Teen Feed, both with the other volunteers and the guests. When you volunteer on the same night each week, you want to come and see the guests, but you also feel a sense of responsibility to the group of people you work with.

What do you like to do outside of volunteering?

I’ve pretty much been doing homework for the last two years. There’s a whole new world now (post graduation).

What did you eat today?

BBQ chicken pizza from my work cafeteria.

What have you learned from volunteering at Teen Feed?

One thing that is stressed a lot by the coordinators is how important it is to meet people where they’re at. Whether that be laughing over a light conversation, offering resources or sitting quietly with a youth at the same table. It’s important to read the situation and where that person is at and give them what they need for that moment.

Thanks for using your amazing skills to support youth at Teen Feed, Andrea!

Interested in being a volunteer at Teen Feed? Click here or email volunteer@teenfeed.org to learn more.