Volunteer of the MONTH:
Meet our Volunteer of the Month--Abigail Hovey!
Abigail, or "Abby," Hovey served as an AmeriCorps summer VISTA volunteer from June to August coordinating COM’s summer lunch program. Abby first encountered COM when she was in high school in Bolivar when she volunteered at COM. After moving back to Bolivar, she heard about COM needing help with the summer lunch program and interviewed for the AmeriCorps position.
Since June, Abby has worked hard at planning, recruiting volunteers, and running the summer lunch program for kids and others in our community. Every weekday for six weeks, you could find her at First Christian Church prepping lunches with volunteers or in the Cribbs Youth Park setting up and helping serve lunches to kids. She even worked with local organizations and businesses to bring vendors and games to the park on a regular basis to make the lunch program a fun and educational experience. This hard work paid off as we saw higher number of kids than expected come out for the lunch program this year.
Her favorite part about volunteering is "the people that work at COM." When asked about volunteering, Abby says, “Do it! It is fun, it is rewarding, and it’s a great way to connect with people.” Thank you, Abby!
When not volunteering at COM, Abby enjoys traveling, playing music, and working on various projects at home. After completing her AmeriCorps service, she will be starting a new job with the Polk County Health Center focused on substance abuse prevention in our community.
Thank you for your service, Abby!
If you would like to volunteer at COM too, just fill out a volunteer application and we'll get you plugged in.