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Andy Brunsman was on the path to medical school. That was until he started working at Our Daily Bread as a service learning project as a Mount Saint Joseph University student.
Andy Brunsman was on the path to medical school.
That was until he started working at Our Daily Bread as a service learning project as a Mount Saint Joseph University student.
It changed his life.
“I fell in love with the volunteers and the clients,” Andy said. “The fact that all these different kinds of people put aside everything to fight hunger and help people in need inspired me.”
“I found what I wanted to do forever.”
Today, Andy is the Executive Director of Be Concerned in Covington. It provides food, has a clothing and housewares store, and provides other services. It feeds 200 families a week in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties.
His path could have been different. If it hadn’t been for a grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation to Our Daily Bread, his position there would not have existed.
The generosity of others not only set Andy on his career path, he said he continues to be inspired daily.
“Besides the clients and volunteers, I’ve met the most generous people in the area,” he said. “The people I’ve met give of their time, talent, and treasure.”
GCF donors have invested $93,000 in Be Concerned since its inception.
Touring Be Concerned with Andy is a treat. The facilities are simple but the care of those working is evident. Produce is unpacked for clients, clothes are sorted, and volunteers show up for meal time.
“It’s one of the most basic acts of human kindness—feeding people,” he said.
His enthusiasm about the difference Be Concerned makes is contagious.
“When you don’t have anything, cheap is too expensive,” he said when explaining the extremely low prices in Be Concerned’s Thrift Store.
The nonprofit accepts furniture donations. Once a homeless family finds housing, they still don’t have any belongings with which to furnish it.
“Four walls do not make a home,” Andy said.
Learn more about Be Concerned at beconcerned.org.