For the Young family, volunteerism is simply part of everyday life. In an era where screen time is the priority, mother-daughter duo, Shayla and Samantha, find value in spending time with each other volunteering with the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) pantry distribution. LCAC serves more than 300 families each week, providing food, basic needs and educational opportunities to seniors, those with disabilities, military members and low-income families in southeastern Fairfax County. Seeing the need, the Young family has not only volunteered their time to LCAC but brought additional food and items in to donate. Volunteering for the Youngs started as a desire to get involved in their community and to teach their daughter the value of giving back. Shayla fell in love with the time she spends at LCAC, often preferring to volunteer rather than hanging out with friends.
Linda Patterson, executive director of LCAC, said “It would be impossible for LCAC to serve the number of families in our community that come to us in need, without the help of hundreds of volunteers…The opportunity to impact others in our community through the gift of time, is one that volunteers give to our families! I am grateful for Shayla and Samantha, and their commitment to helping others in Fairfax County.”