Volunteers Like Pam Make It Happen
More than 28,000 volunteers gave their time to Second Harvest Heartland last year. Our most common volunteer shift is packing and sorting food to go straight to our hungry neighbors in need, but there is plenty of work to do inside as well as outside of our warehouse.
Knowing the difference volunteers make in our mission, our Volunteer Services team works hard to match volunteers with roles that energize them.
Take it from one of our terrific volunteers, Pam—she started volunteering with Second Harvest Heartland two years ago and has dedicated 5-10 hours a week to hunger relief ever since. Part of what motivates her is her ability to work an individualized volunteer role.
“Jane [one of our Volunteer Coordinators] is really good at pairing you with things you’re interested in doing and finding the right thing for you,” Pam said.
For Pam, she has a bit of a smorgasbord of volunteer roles. She gives time going to different events and speaking on behalf of Second Harvest Heartland, helping with setting up our new interns and working on Dish, our largest event of the year.
As to what drew her to Second Harvest Heartland in the first place, hunger is something Pam’s always thought about. “It’s such a basic need,” Pam said. “With kids obviously, they need food to be productive at school. There are a lot of elderly people who don’t get food. Families even, for whatever reason, don’t have the financial means for the right amount of food.”
Second Harvest Heartland fights every day to end hunger, but we could not do the work we do without people like Pam.
For Volunteer Appreciation Month, we are featuring a different volunteer every week in April. Although we will only share four stories this month, every single one of the volunteers who together gave 132,000 hours last year have made our work possible. You can learn more about volunteer impact here.