LeilaWanting more for their family and especially hoping for an education for their girls, the Safi family immigrated to the United States from Afghanistan in 2002. Not one to miss a single opportunity, their daughter Leila has taken advantage of all that living in the United States and Utah has to offer. As part of the International Baccalaureate Program at her high school she volunteers with Wasatch Community Gardens.  The volunteer requirement for this program is 150 hours, but she hopes to accomplish more as her individual goal, which speaks to her excelling enthusiasm to make a positive change in our community.  To Leila, volunteering is the best thing anyone can do to help contribute to his or her community. “Volunteering makes you feel good as a person and capable of changing another person’s life,”

Leila shares, “Wasatch Community Gardens makes the effort and time to ensure their community is taken care of.  I have had great experiences working for them. They are accepting, welcoming and caring. I love being a part of an organization that is motivated and determined in helping others. It has been a pleasure getting to work with them.” In addition Leila volunteers with United in Service for Humanity, Kids Crew at Primary Children’s Hospital, and Peer Court.

Leila 3When asked what her favorite vegetable, fruit, or herb was to grow, Leila replied, “Strawberries! They are so delicious and are not complicated to grow. If they look red, pick them. I love to eat all the vegetables, so having one favorite is not possible. Having a garden in my home is just amazing because there are so many vegetables that are beneficial for my health and having something ready to go is always nice. Veggies are the way to go for a better and healthier future.”

At the Heart of Our Community are volunteers like Leila Safi. They are the life blood of non-profit organizations like Wasatch Community Gardens, enabling them to fulfill their mission of empowering people of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food.

Volunteerism – It’s what makes Our Community great!

For more information about the programs at Wasatch Community Gardens or to volunteer or donate visit their webpage at https://wasatchgardens.org/

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