Volunteer Spotlight: The Soul Sisters
Julie, Val and Kris met back in 2011 at a New Hope, Minn., tavern where Kris tends bar. The three women quickly became friends, bonding over a weekend-long shopping and hiking trip to Ely, Minn., where Val’s oldest daughter goes to school. Since then, they’ve been inseparable.
“Ely is a small town where everyone knows each other,” Julie said. “One night the three of us were at this steak house for dinner that’s popular with the locals, and the bartender dubbed us the Soul Sisters. The name stuck.”
From that trip on, a tradition was born and every year since the Soul Sisters have gone on vacation together. Their most recent excursion took them to La Crosse, WI, for Oktoberfest. Yet the threesome does much more than travel together, thanks to Julie and her commitment to feeding her hungry neighbors.
“I’ve been volunteering for many years, but just started at Second Harvest Heartland in 2011, around the same time I met Val and Kris,” she shared. “I decided to ask them to join me for a shift one day, and they enjoyed it so much that we decided to make it a monthly thing that we could do together.”
Julie said the volunteer shift gives the women time to bond as friends and share life stories while doing something to help others.
“We always meet new people and share conversation while picking through produce or bagging rice, Julie said. “It’s a lot of fun. Also, the new facility is awesome!”
Due to an influx of fresh produce, we need more volunteers for Brooklyn Park shifts than ever. Help us fill this need and volunteer for a shift through the end of 2018 and beyond. Signing up is quick and easy.