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Volunteers: The Heart of The Pantry

May 6, 2017 By
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volunteer-opportunitiesThis National Volunteer Week, we’d be remiss if we did not recognize and thank our amazing volunteers for the energy and passion they bring each time they give their time to The Pantry. Did you know that The Pantry only has two paid staff members? With each volunteer hour being valued at $23 by the Independent Sector, we could not keep The Pantry doors open without all of you.

Our volunteers help us in so many different ways. From seamlessly checking in our neighbors and taking them shopping through the pantry, to restocking the shelves and hosting food and personal care drives, to picking up donations from our partners around town- our volunteers are truly the heartbeat of our organization!

Reasons for volunteering are different for everyone, yet the aim is still the same- to help the community in which they live. Some are called to action because they have a deep connection to their community, or because they believe is social justice and health equity. Some have even walked in the shoes of our neighbors, and want to help others on their journey. Though the motivation of our volunteers may differ, their hearts work together for a healthier, hunger free Kent County.

Do you want to get involved? We are always looking for  help during pantry hours. We’re also searching for enthusiastic folks to to serve on our committees. If you have a group looking for a night of service, we’d love to put you to work! Email  Yoli, our Pantry Manager, at yolifuentes@thepantry.gr to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. We’ll help you find the right fit!

A great way to get to know us better is just around the corner. Join our team at the 40th Annual Access Hunger Walk on Sunday, May 7 – we’re looking for more people to walk with The Pantry team! Learn more and sign up here: http://thepantry.gr/40th-annual-hunger-walk/ #HungerWalkGR

Again, a big thank you to The Pantry volunteers who make our programs, services, and change in the community possible! Also, a big thank you to everyone who donates their time to help those around them.

You are the heart, you are the change!

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