Annabelle Sauer is only 19 years old. And yet this University of Notre Dame sophomore is one of 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry's most tenured and inspiring volunteers.
Annabelle first got involved in the 7th grade while trying to settle on a Girl Scout Silver Award project. As luck would have it - for Annabelle and for 4Saints - Annabelle's troop leader worked for the Episcopal Church in North Texas (now the Episcopal Diocese of Texas) and knew that St. Luke's-in-the-Meadow was working to establish a food pantry.
Annabelle began attending meetings and became a non-voting member of the 4Saints Board of Directors before a single client received food assistance. She volunteered regularly throughout middle and high school and has worked to help the pantry secure grants. Even now, Annabelle volunteers at the pantry when she's home on breaks.
“It’s very important to me, seeing how it has grown so much,” said Annabelle. “I want to be part of that when I’m able.”
Annabelle’s influence is seen and felt when she’s away at school. She was involved in the creation of the 4Saints logo that adorns pantry signage. And Annabelle's even gotten her family members in on the act.
Annabelle’s mother, Teresa, coordinates volunteers for Friday distributions. Penelope, Annabelle’s younger sister, recently organized a large delivery of canned goods for 4Saints. Teresa, Penelope, and Annabelle’s father, Joel, have all participated in distribution days at the pantry.
Annabelle’s work at 4Saints has impacted her educational interests and career ambitions. Her studies are concentrated in economics and global affairs. Annabelle’s future plans are to conduct research involving socioeconomic inequality and effective policy solutions.
In other words, Annabelle has her mind set on continuing to make a difference.