Volunteering Outside of the Box

April 14, 2014 By: Sara Blair Category: WordPress Import

When you hear about volunteering at Second Harvest Heartland, you likely envision energetic assembly line style packing, labeling and sorting food. But this is only one piece of the puzzle—there are actually more than 20 different volunteer opportunities requiring a variety of interests and skills.

In 2013, volunteers contributed more than 130,500 hours of service to Second Harvest Heartland. A quarter of those volunteer hours were contributed through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) program and Target Meals for Minds. Volunteer opportunities range from registering clients for services to delivering food to homebound seniors to distributing groceries and more.

Long-time volunteer Roberta Swanson can be found each Friday organizing the cooler and assisting CSFP clients with bringing food to their cars at our Maplewood location. When talking about why she volunteers, Roberta is filled with emotion, “Hunger is something I have been fortunate enough not to have experienced, so it’s very humbling. I’m happy to provide them with food, a smile and hello. People are so thankful and all I’m doing is bringing a few bags to their car.”

Hillary Frazey, Meals for Minds volunteer, describes volunteering as rewarding. “I enjoy interacting with the families and seeing how all of the pieces come together to get them food,” says Frazey.

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