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Rolando Chilian

Rolando Chilian volunteers at The Salvation Army of Porter County

Name: Rolando Chilian

City: Valparaiso

Occupation: Retired musician and teacher

Where they volunteer: Salvation Army of Porter County

Volunteer position: Advisory Board & general volunteer

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What they do: Rolando is a past chairman of The Salvation Army Advisory Board. He can be found helping out in the food pantry and with events like the Easter Bunny Breakfast and Stuff the Bus.

Why they volunteer there: The Salvation Army is Rolando’s favorite place to volunteer because of how much good the organization does in the community. “There’s so much to do,” he said. “The Salvation Army helps so many people.”

Rolando also feels a responsibility to give back to his community. “My life has always been blessed. This is a way to pay back a bit of our comfort and happiness.”

How long they have volunteered there: Rolando has volunteered at The Salvation Army of Porter County for about four years.

Insights gained from volunteering: Community members who live comfortably should not let those in need slip through the cracks. “It just floors me how much need there is in this community,” Rolando said. “Valpo is pretty high on the socio-economic scale, but people are neglected.”

Advice to others who might want to volunteer: “It’s worth it,” Rolando said simply. “It can be time-consuming and harrowing, but you help so many people. It makes the community stronger.” Every minute spent volunteering is an investment in the volunteer and the community.

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