June 11th, 2021

#VolunteersBringChange – Riley’s Story

By: Kim Bickford, Direct Support Person

I have realized that my son Riley is a procrastinator. He graduates Grade 12 in June and still needed 20 volunteer hours. The heat was on and with COVID-19, it was challenging to figure out how to get those 20 hours while trying to social distance to keep safe.

Riley came to me one day and said “I want to put a kit together for the people that get support from Extend-A-Family. Intrigued, I asked him, “What kind of kit?” He said that he has gotten bored at times being home because of COVID-19 and could put together ideas of what to do to lessen the boredom.

Between the two of us, we came up with wonderful ideas of what to do and gave samples of things to go with the ideas. For example, one idea was to watch a movie if you’re bored. So, we decided to add in a package of microwaveable popcorn because what’s a movie without popcorn?

So far to date, we have made up 30 kits and have delivered 10 of them. Riley is getting close to his 20 hours, but more important is what he is learning and feeling when he delivers these kits. That is more rewarding to him than the 20 hours that is required to graduate.

Thank you to Kim for sharing this story and thank you to Riley for your creativity and making a difference!