Volunteer of the month:
Meet our volunteer of the month, Linda Fuerst!
Linda first got involved with the food pantry in 2012 when it was still the Bolivar Area Ministerial Alliance (BAMA). The mother of one of her friends called Linda and recruited her to help with the pantry. She has been consistently coming to help ever since then.
You can find Linda at the food pantry on Thursdays and Saturdays helping with the check-in station during distribution days. She checks clients in, makes sure their certification is current, and logs their services in our database. For many clients, she is the first face at COM they see when they come through our pantry. Linda also maintains the client list for our CSFP Senior Box program and makes sure those files are accurate.
"I need to feel like I'm doing something useful," Linda says about her volunteer work. "There is a need for a food pantry in Polk County, which is evident by how grateful the people we help are when they visit. Food is a basic human need, and it is an honor to help meet that need."
When not volunteering at COM, Linda enjoys sewing, reading, yard work, playing piano, and doing genealogy research.
Thank you for your service, Linda!
If you would like to volunteer at COM like Tim & Nelda, just fill out a volunteer application and we'll get you plugged in.