Volunteers of the MONTH
We are very lucky this month to not only have one volunteer of the month, but three of them. April is National Volunteer Month. We are focusing heavily on showing appreciation and information about volunteers.
While all three of the women being recognized work in different parts of the pantry all of their roles and time spent at COM is vital and appreciated.
When asked how they first got started working with COM they all three said that they were recruited by relationships. Karen and Betty heard about COM from their churches and people talking about serving. Rebecca was actually shopping in our thrift store, Compassion Thrift, and felt compelled to inquire about volunteer opportunities- and we're so thankful that she did!
As mentioned before they all serve in different areas of COM. Karen enters all of the volunteer data into our database. This not only helps our other volunteers to track their hours, but also helps those in the offices keep track of who has been here to lend a hand. Betty spends her time in the food pantry. She checks the groceries out, sorts vegetables, and also assists our neighbors in other ways that might be needed. Rebecca works in the pricing room. She wraps, sorts, and prices all of the fabric and crafting supplies that come through. While they are all in different spots in COM they are all needed!
When asked what their favorite part of COM was Karen said that working with her friends and growing deeper connections with people. Betty stated that she loved walking iwth clients and being helpful. She likes to listen to their stories and help optimize their points to get teh most food possible. Rebecca's favorite part about COM is that it feels like home. She has found a family within the walls of this building.
Their advice to anyone who is thinking about becoming a volunteer is simple. Karen said that there is an abundance of opportunities from a single hour to a full day and many different programs to choose from. Betty also stated that it's a great opportunity and that it's easy to build relationships. Karen jokingly said that its better and cheaper than therapy. She says that it makes her feel incredible and is the best thing she's ever done!
If you would like to see what the fun is all about at Compassion Thrift you can fill out an application and volunteer along side this great group.
If you would like to volunteer at COM too, just fill out a volunteer application and we'll get you plugged in.