Milagros is fluent in Spanish – this fall she used that skill to help clients at Second Harvest’s turkey distribution find their way around the large and often confusing Spokane Arena. Originally from El Salvador, Milagros was inspired to volunteer because of her father, who was killed in her home country.
“I come from a place with a lot of hunger,” she said.
El Salvador is plagued by gang violence and currently has a homicide rate of 103 people per 100,000, compared with the U.S. rate of approximately 4.5 per 100,000. Her father was a deacon in the Catholic Church, she said, and always encouraged her to give back.
“He taught me the best way to help is through community,” she said. “It’s about helping the one who falls, and not asking why.”
This is her second year interpreting for clients at the Thanksgiving turkey distribution. She plans to keep coming back.
“Among Hispanics, there’s a lack of knowledge about these resources,” Milagros said. “A lot of fear keeps them away. I want to be here for people, whatever country they come from.”