James with coffee in the snow

“What volunteering [at Forget Me Not Spokane] has done for me…well, it’s a happiness, man…I’m trying not to cry while talking about it. ‘Cause it’s enjoyment. I love it. I also volunteer with MAC Movement, which is Music, Arts, Creativity – meeting new people with a bunch of different backgrounds, hearing their experiences and everything else, you know. To meet somebody who was at Standing Rock and then hear their stories is just – wow. From that to somebody who’s been through, figuratively speaking, their own hell. The best end is to help somebody out at the end of the day. To help them out and not even expect anything, just, ‘Here ya go,’ then walk away. That to me is just amazing.” ­– James, Spokane

Photo by Adam Schwartz