Volunteers of the month:
Tim & Nelda Collins
Meet our volunteers of the month, Tim & Nelda Collins!
Tim is a retired certified welder and Nelda is a licensed practical nurse who does home care. They both got involved with COM about 4 years ago when they became empty-nesters and were looking for a way to get involved in the community.
"We asked God where He wanted us to be and just walked into COM one day, "says Tim. "They asked us if we could come on food distribution days and so we started coming."
Both Tim & Nelda have been a key part of COM's food pantry distributions. Prior to COVID, you could find them helping give out food to pantry clients on distribution days. Now, they still help with the drive-thru pantry, but Nelda also comes up a few extra days a week to pre-bag food for the drive-thru, and Tim drives the COM truck M-F to pick up food from local retailers like Walmart and ALDI.
Nelda especially appreciates being able to help out with the pantry because her own family received USDA commodities from a food pantry when she was growing up. "When I first got connected to COM I didn't realize that they offered that same type of help," says Nelda. "But now that I know it's neat to be able to pass it on to others."
When asked about their favorite part of volunteering, they both said the people and camaraderie among volunteers. "It's a fun group and we love enjoying their company because all the volunteers are such generous people," they say.
If you would like to volunteer at COM like Tim & Nelda, just fill out a volunteer application and we'll get you plugged in.