April Newsletter

jeanne_liston_fall3_2016There’s some truth to time is money. Collectively, our mighty team of volunteers invest nearly $200,000 worth of their time per year. But volunteers provide something more powerful than savings. The amount of heart our volunteers invest in The Hunger Coalition is immeasurable. 

You can’t calculate how many of our neighbors’ worst days have been eased by the kindness of a volunteer. There’s no way to quantify the taste of a good meal after days on an empty stomach shared by someone who cares. A formula won’t tell you the value of a smile, a laugh, or an open heart, but we can. We’ve seen firsthand the remarkable impact volunteers have on those struggling in our community. 

These moments are what make volunteers some of the most admirable, selfless, extraordinary people in Blaine County. We are grateful every day of the year, but for Volunteer Appreciation Month, we want to take a special moment to share our gratitude with you.

In the midst of hunger season, a time when donations subside along with employment, we are especially grateful for the commitment of our volunteers who help better the lives of our neighbors in need.

Thank you to everyone who has served and continues to serve at The Hunger Coalition to make our community a better place for all people.

Read the full April newsletter here. Or, better yet, have it sent automatically to your in-box every month.

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month!

With Gratitude,

Jeanne Liston, executive director


VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: KATIE ROUSEY

The Hunger Coalition wouldn’t be what it is today without the support of volunteer, Katie Rousey (pictured right). Katie has been volunteering for over five years, and has helped make our food distribution a warm and welcoming place. She cultivates invaluable relationships with our neighbors in need and is simply a delight to be around.

Katie writes, “Volunteering is the highlight of my week. It’s a very good feeling to be helping with such an endeavor, and I’m proud to be a part of the team!”

The feeling is mutual. Rachel Shinn, volunteer manager for The Hunger Coalition, said, “In the five years Katie’s been volunteering, she’s certainly become a part of the family. Each week, she shows up to help distribute food to families and individuals in our community.  Our clients have come to rely on her reassuring smile, dynamic sense of humor, and a friendly conversation about produce, pets, kids or just life in general. She’s such an important member of the community and we’re so grateful she shares her time with The Hunger Coalition!

Thank you, Katie! We are truly grateful to have you on the team.


FROM THE FIELD 

What makes The Hope Garden and Bloom Community Farm grow? Our productive annual harvest is largely thanks to the toil and talent of our volunteers, including the wonderful, Barbara Kuhn. Barbara started as a volunteer, bringing Daily Bites to local students. As an avid gardener, she eventually found a fit at Bloom Community Farm.

At the Farm, Barbara helped maintain perennial plantings, which are important for feeding bees and keeping plants pollinated. Not to mention, she weeded a ton and helped mulch a row of carrots, which is no easy feat. Lynea Petty, food production manager said, “I appreciated Barbara’s hard work and her passion for getting stuff done for our community!”

Thank you, Barbara for your commitment to giving back and growing food security for our neighbors.