After being held for the first time in 2022, Tzu Chi Young Leaders’ Annual Community Weekend was back in full force with service projects that took place over April 8-9. In Irvine, CA, in particular, a group of Tzu Chi’s youth volunteers, part of Young Leaders, volunteered their time to harvest fresh produce at a local farm through the Second Harvest Local Food Bank.
One of the volunteers, Jason Lin, explained the novelty of this event: “a lot of other community services you’re dealing with, [they] rarely collect the product or harvest the products. So, this event I find is unique.” He went on to say that the act of harvesting provides a “very direct connection to food and bringing it to the communities in need.”
Another young volunteer, Anthony Rodriguez, added that “when I volunteer I feel good inside. And I feel like I accomplished something. So, helping other people helps me also to become a better person.”
Watch the video and get inspired. Learn more about Tzu Chi’s Young Leaders at youngleaders.tzuchi.us.