Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Lezlie Bugg

When Lezlie Bugg began volunteering at Tualatin Valley Gleaners – a supplemental food program for people with disabilities, children, seniors and low-income folks – she wasn't thinking about how it would help her win the Service to Community scholarship through the PCC Foundation. Instead, she was there to teach her foster children something about compassion. Little did she know how important that first step would become.

As a condition of receiving the Service to Community scholarship, Lezlie transitioned from a casual volunteer to someone who spent at least 75 hours each term working at Tualatin Valley Gleaners. She distributed food, helped fundraise and, perhaps most importantly, created an art and literacy program for children who come with their families to pick up food. Now every child who comes can take home a book each week.

"My work with Gleaners has confirmed that this is a population that I want to work with," Lezlie said. "I have met some amazing people who have quietly, yet resolutely persevered in helping others." Lezlie, who was accepted into the Sign Language Interpretation program at PCC, expects to continue preparing for a career working for a nonprofit organization when she finishes at PCC.

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