CHEK Upside: Mother/son volunteer duo making a difference with grocery delivery

WatchWith communities all over Vancouver Island in demand of volunteers, Ben and his mother Monique are leading the charge in helping those in need in Greater Victoria.

Ben Miller and his mother Monique are getting in some family time while picking up groceries at Thrifty Foods in Victoria.

But the groceries are not for themselves.

The two are putting on their delivery caps and dropping off goods to those in need.

“When you are giving, you’re actually getting so much,” said Monique, a volunteer with the Oaklands Community Association.

“I feel often I’m getting more back than giving out.”

I like doing it a lot because it’s super important to reach out to the community and make sure everyone’s needs are met,” said Ben.

On the receiving end of today’s delivery was B. Braude, a 76-year-old who’s normally very active in the community and even volunteers on her own time.  However, due to COVID-19, Braude is categorized as vulnerable and therefore is relying on the kindness of others for help.

“I think that’s really helpful for people who can’t get out to shop. I didn’t think I was one of those, but I am……it makes me feel like people care,” said Braude in response to the volunteer delivery service.

Ben, a Camosun student, and Monique, a government lawyer, have volunteered in various roles for several years. They say giving their time to worthwhile causes has brought them closer together.

“It’s something we’ve done together since he was in his mid-teens so for about six years now,” said Monique.

“We are a really good team,” Ben agrees. “We’re sharing the same unique volunteer experience.”

Together, the mother and son duo are making a difference in the greater Victoria community.

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