One Family Sets an Example of Service
Why play a board game or go to the movies when you can spend family night at Philabundance? That’s how Keri Fisher and her husband, Matt Murphy, feel about working in the Philabundance warehouse with their three children Declan, Ronan and Molly.
Once a month, they head down to South Philly from their home in Bryn Mawr for a family volunteer shift at the Hunger Relief Center on South Galloway Street. Keri says the kids, ages 12, 10 and 8, love the work and have fun while doing something good for their neighbors.
Keri and Matt, like so many thoughtful parents, want to impart on their children a sense of civic duty and the desire to help people facing hunger. So far, these ideas are catching on strong. Ronan, 10, has decided to deliver food to homeless people for his bar mitzvah project. Keri says she thinks he was inspired by his volunteer work at Philabundance.
“I just thought it was important for the kids to give back,” remembers Keri, thinking back to when her family started volunteering with Philabundance a few years ago. “We’re not very well off or anything, but…I think [the kids] should feel fortunate, and I think they do. It’s important to give to others who aren’t as fortunate.”
As the children get older, Keri and Matt hope they’ll be able to do more and more volunteer work as a family. Working in the warehouse has been rewarding for them, and it’s something almost any family can do together.
“I think Philabundance is a great organization and I’m very happy to be a part of it,” says Keri.
We’re so grateful to Keri, Matt and their kids for their willingness and excitement to serve others through Philabundance.
If you’d like to follow the family’s lead and volunteer your time, view our current opportunities.