Meet Sam Gignac — Student member of Board of Directors, Editor of The Power of One
Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: Belgian Waffles
Favorite team: Red Sox
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
One place in the world you’d like
to spend tomorrow:
El Salvador
Favorite quote: “I got nothing that I asked for but got everything I had hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all people, most richly blessed.”
– From a Confederate Soldier’s Prayer

Sam, can you tell me a little about yourself?
I’m from Medway, MA, and I’ll be a senior at Boston College. I grew up going to public schools so BC was the first time I was constantly surrounded by a religious environment. As a teenager, my parents always wanted me to go to church and I didn’t want anything to do with it. College was pretty overwhelming as a freshman, though, and I began to see religion and the Jesuit community as a welcoming, comforting space. BC in combination with My Brother's Keeper and my other volunteering has turned my whole perspective around and really made my faith important to me.

You mentioned ‘other volunteering.’ What are some of the other things you do at school?
A lot of my extracurricular are centered around education: BC Soars, Education for Students by Students, and BC Splash— all mentoring programs — as well as Kairos, a Catholic retreat program.

How did you first get involved at My Brother's Keeper?
The first time I remember is 7th grade at Christmas. We went with our neighbors, the Staleys, and it’s been a tradition for our families ever since. It wasn’t until high school that I started volunteering in the summer. I love wrapping gifts at Christmas but I really love getting to make deliveries. For me, forming relationships with the people we serve is so important.

Is there a particular delivery that stands out?
I vividly remember the summer before my sophomore year at BC… I was sitting on the steps with this mom. I was 18 and she was only 21! We were pretty similar in age but she had a 7-year old child. She was talking with me about how cool it was that I got to live in a dorm and how much she wished she could go to college. It was really hard for me because our lives are so different. Deliveries at My Brother’s Keeper are so eye-opening and they remind me of how blessed I am.

Why do you think it’s a good idea for other students to volunteer at My Brother's Keeper?
I feel like in college especially, you can be pulled in a thousand different ways and it’s easy to get caught up in small things... work, finals, friend-drama! Once you step foot in My Brother's Keeper, though, all those problems go away… those things that seemed so important. All the happy faces at My Brother's Keeper— it’s such a warm, loving and supportive environment. It really puts everything into perspective and I always leave in a good mood.

You have another special role at My Brother’s Keeper. Can you tell me about that?
Last year, I was invited to be the student member of the Board of Directors. It’s been an incredible experience. I feel so honored! What amazes me the most is the way faith and mission are intertwined with the logistics and the business side.

The Power of One Volunteer Spotlight is your idea, your initiative and you’ll be in charge of the series going forward. How did you come up with the idea?
I’m majoring in Communications and I’ve been trying to think of ways I can contribute and give back to the My Brother's Keeper community. The people at My Brother's Keeper are so incredible, not only the ones we serve but also the ones who volunteer. I really wanted to give them a chance to tell their stories and have their stories shared. Thank you, Sam, for making a difference at My Brother’s Keeper!

A suggestion: Ask yourselves this question.
"Am I my brother's keeper?" If the answer is Yes, perhaps you would like to join us, as we go Along the Way in spreading the Love and Hope of Jesus Christ.

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"Whatever you do for the most humble of my people, you do for me."
Matthew 25:40