I have such fond memories of volunteering with my mom when I was a kid. She’d take me with her to count ballots on Election Day or to pick out clothes and toys for children in need.

This translated into my adult years, when I participated in several volunteer trips in college that threw me into other states and showed me different cultures.

This article originally ran in The Check-Up, the new weekly email newsletter from The Sentinel’s Monadnock Region Health Reporting Lab. To sign up for the newsletter, and get the latest from health reporter Olivia Belanger delivered for free to your inbox every Monday, visit sentinelsource.com/newsletters/newsletters — signup

Olivia Belanger can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439, or obelanger@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter @OBelangerKS.

Olivia Belanger is the health reporter for The Sentinel, covering issues from the opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic to mental health services in the region. A N.H. native, she joined The Sentinel team in August 2019.

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