June Volunteer Spotlight: Cameron Clarke
Cameron Clarke started volunteering at the pantry in the summer of 2016, initially helping with the pantry’s move from the Waban Library to the basement of Newton City Hall. Today, he oversees the sorting of donations, which involves checking expiration dates and stacking canned goods. He also assists with breaking down boxes and restocking shelves as needed. He says that, although he enjoys sorting and stacking best, “getting the thank you … for taking the time to look in the back for something not on the shelf and just being friendly [to clients and volunteers] are some of the most rewarding things” about working at the pantry.
Cameron just graduated from Newton North High School, and will be joining the Navy as a Medic. His interest in the medical field and his passion for helping people have been influenced by his parents, who are both nurses, as well as his time working at the pantry. After the Military, Cameron hopes to go to college on the GI bill and then work as an EMT or in Law Enforcement in Newton or the greater Boston area.
In his spare time, Cameron is an active camper, hiker, and survivalist, and you’ll never find him without a sharpie, a roll of duct tape, and a Swiss army knife (except at school, of course!). He loves the outdoors, and helps to plan and run camping trips for the Boy Scouts, and enjoys going on spur of the moment hiking and camping trips with friends.
Thank you, Cameron, for all of your hard work for the NFP, and the best of luck in your future endeavors!!