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Differences in language inspires Colorado woman to help others in her community

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Posted at 8:15 PM, Oct 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-10 07:23:52-04

WESTMINSTER, Colo. – Herminia Bautista was first introduced to Growing Home when it was the topic of a school project one of her daughters was working on. Six years later, she still visits the nonprofit multiple times a week to help those in need.

“It moves me to see that families and their little ones are leaving with food in their hands, and to see the joyful look on the children’s faces,” Herminia told Denver7.

From the very beginning, Herminia knew that she could do more than help Growing Home provide food to those in the community. She could also make the lines of communication between those getting help and those providing it easier.

Like many of Growing Home’s clients, Herminia only speaks Spanish.

“The majority of the volunteers only spoke English,” she said in Spanish.

Differences in language inspires Colorado woman to help others in her community

“I wish everyone was like Herminia,” said Food Access and Justice Administrator Maya McDowell. “She is one of our incredibly consistent volunteers, you know, we can expect to see her one to two times a week.”

  • To learn about volunteer opportunities at Growing Home, click here
  • To learn about Growing Home's Fall 2022 fundraiser, click here

As Growing Home furthers its reach in the community, Maya said having volunteers who speak languages other than English creates a warm environment that makes it easier for the organization to help others.

Herminia said without language barriers, it’s easier to concentrate on helping those in need, which brings a smile to her face every time she’s at Growing Home.

“I leave full of joy and emotion to see that I helped, that I gave a little of my time to those families so they could take food home," she said.

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