Spring is one of our most vibrant volunteers! She comes to Missoula Food Bank full of energy and ready to tackle any project. She has been volunteering for the Food Circle program and as a ROOTS delivery driver for 3 months. Thank you, Spring, for your positive energy and willingness to help out in so many needed ways!
K: Spring, when you are in a room, you light it up with a kind of energy. Where does that come from?
S: Oh, I don’t really know. It just kind of happens. Actually, I get told that a lot. My middle name is Happiness – Felicidad – really.
K: That is so fitting! I see you as an incredibly driven person. What are you working toward right now?
S: Since I got out of the military, finding new ways to serve my community. Right now I’m working towards becoming a firefighter, so that I can protect people and our forests.
K: Tell me why you were interested to volunteer at Missoula Food Bank.
S: Just to be of service to our community. Since getting out of the military, you kind of lose that sense of purpose, so it’s nice to find ways to serve: feed hungry tummies, and make people smile.
K: What is the best meal you’ve repacked in the Food Circle program?
S: Oh boy. I’m such a fan of pizza but I can’t say pizza. The Chinese food looks amazing and when I leave here I always have to go find something to eat. There’s been good stuff in there. There’s been prime rib in there! It’s hard to pick a favorite.
K: What do you want others to know about the people who receive your ROOTS deliveries?
S: The folks that I make my ROOTS deliveries to, they are probably some of the most grateful and happy and heartwarming folks I’ve ever had the pleasure of helping, ever. I have a huge spot in my heart for them. It’s amazing. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve had the opportunity to do for another human being.
K: Have you ever taken anyone else with you on your ROOTS route?
S: I’m going to tomorrow. My friend Allan, he has an SUV, and I got an email this week that my route grew. And, last week, my little boy came. It made him feel like Superman. He had so much fun.
K:That’s so cool. On an unrelated note, I cannot get through a volunteer spotlight interview without superheroes coming up. How old is your little boy and what is his name?
S: His name is Owen and he’s 6.
K: Is Superman his favorite?
S: No, the Hulk is actually. I get called “She-Hulk.”
K: What other kinds of volunteering are you doing right now?
S: None at the moment. I was walking dogs at the animal shelter. I’ve just been super busy with interviews and getting ready for school, so I haven’t made it back out there in a while.
K: What are you studying in school?
S: Forestry. I just switched from Wildlife Biology.
K: You seem to want to impact people’s lives for the better. Who has most positively impacted your life?
S: Oh boy. So many people! Probably my dad, because he was just so full of love. He would cry about the happy stuff – never about the sad stuff, just always about the happy stuff. He just helped me be this loving person I am now. I just get overwhelmed with love all the time, it’s ridiculous.
K: I do not think that is ridiculous. I think it is awesome. Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
S: I might this year. Not usually.
K: If you could write a love letter to yourself, what would you say?
S: Oh, that’s a fun question. Um, hmm. Dear Spring, don’t stop the shine. Keep being awesome. Your constant want to make people’s day really has an effect on everyone around you. Don’t ever let anything extinguish your light.
K: Beautiful! Apparently Phil the groundhog did not see his shadow, so our winter is soon ending. How do you feel about his prediction?
S: Aaaaaaamazing. I’m super excited to wear skirts, and shorts, and flip flops. I’m actually going to go put a skirt on, and walk my dog down the street. It’s going to be great.
K: Is there anything else you want people to know?
S: Working at the Food Bank has been a really awesome opportunity to help out in my community, and I’ve been really grateful that you guys have helped me become involved. I’m going to miss it when I go fight fire, but I was just thinking I hope there’s a position for me when I get back.
K: There will be!
K: Sending a valentine or receiving one?
S: Sending one would be more fun. Because I’m a big sap.
K: Favorite spring flower?
S: Daisies. Bitterroots. Can I have two?
K: Favorite place to wear a skirt?
S: Just strolling downtown Missoula, farmer’s market type things. They’ve just got to be like, those super awesome long hippie skirts. I totally dig them.
K: Favorite hike?
S: Kootenai Creek. It’s been my favorite since I was little.
K: Favorite song?
S: Years around the sun, miles away.
K: What’s that?
S: A really awesome song. It’s so good, you’ll have to check it out.