For the past two years, I’ve worked as a Walk for Hunger volunteer at the Cambridge Boat House checkpoint. On Sunday, as I offered water and encouragement to children in strollers and stalwarts in their 70s, I felt pride in the diversity of those who were making this year’s event business as usual.
I also felt pride in my fellow volunteers. A Quincy high school sophomore was born in the United States to Chinese immigrants. A UMass PhD who researches cancer at Children’s Hospital came from China 10 years ago. The daughter of an African-American volunteer helped us last year; this year she’s finishing her first year at Yale. Other helpers included two young men from Turkey. I’m from Canada.