Julianna Bibbo has compassionately served nearly 400 hours with Happy Helpers for the Homeless.
The work of Happy Helpers is challenging and encompassing, yet it’s Julianna’s favorite outreach to give of her time and talents. “When Julianna arrives, we know that it is going to be an extra wonderful day,” says Bobbi Coffman, executive director for Happy Helpers for the Homeless. “We always put her in charge of a volunteer team and task because of how capable she is.”
From meeting urgent needs during a volunteer event to bringing a positive attitude and hope to those she serves, Julianna has made volunteering for the homeless a way of life. She has worked on a variety of different projects impacting her community, including the distribution of 2,000 Christmas presents in the streets of Baltimore and participation in multiple Freedom Harvest food drives commemorating September 11.
Julianna is the only young person involved in the weekly sorting of Walmart donations to Happy Helpers. In fact, she dedicated Mondays during her 2018 and 2019 summer vacations to sort donations and shop for supplies for the homeless. Among the many different events and projects she volunteers for with Happy Helpers, one of the most impactful events for Julianna has been traveling to rural Caroline County to bring massive aid to families living without electricity. “Help people in any way you can,” she says. “Kindness goes such a long way. Kindness can make someone’s day or inspire them to help others. The world needs more kindness.”
Aside from volunteering with much of her free time, Julianna is also on the highest Honor Roll at Mount de Sales Academy and is the class president two years running. She is also involved in her youth group at Our Lady of the Chesapeake Catholic Church. But her real passion is in helping others. “A little bit goes a long way. You can see with the people we serve through Happy Helpers how much even a small act means to them. I remember one time I was helping to serve Thanksgiving dinner and I carried a woman’s drink to her, and she gave me a hug and thanked me. Small moments like that make everything worth it.”