Behind all of the visible work that NNEMAP Food Pantry and other nonprofit organizations do in their communities, there are people behind the scenes who take on the very real work of making it all possible. We call them board members. With the new year, NNEMAP is saying goodbye to three talented and valued board members as their terms expire.
Jon Bennett served as NNEMAP Board President during a time of tremendous change. The very makeup of the board transformed from a large group to a small governing board, a complex transition but one necessary for the long-term success of the pantry. Bennett’s tenure as President also saw the organization’s purchase of its first permanent facility, which represented a huge step forward for NNEMAP. Bennett served as Past President for 2016 and will continue to volunteer as a client interviewer.
NNEMAP’s new building came with many challenges. As chair of the Technology, Facilities and Equipment Committee, Bill Blackburn helped us meet those challenges head-on. Blackburn facilitated upgrades to the building’s electrical system; coordinated the construction of a larger entry door to accommodate deliveries; and contributed countless hours to the maintenance and improvement of the facility.
Susi Blackford steps down from the board and Governance Committee after several years of service. Like Bennett, she has witnessed and helped implement tremendous organizational changes during her tenure. “My decade plus years of serving as a volunteer at NNEMAP Pantry have passed in the blink of an eye,” Blackford says. “The changes that have taken place allowed us to serve two and one half times more hungry clients than before,” she continues. “Although I am stepping aside as a Board member I will continue to serve and support NNEMAP,” Blackford pledges. “It is still my mission to do my part in helping feed the hungry in our midst.”
NNEMAP Food Pantry could not exist without the dedication and service of its volunteer board members. With great gratitude, we thank Jon Bennett, Bill Blackford and Susi Blackford for their immense contributions to the success of the organization. They are the everyday heroes who makes things possible.
NNEMAP is always seeking talented members of the community to fill roles on its Board of Directors and committees. To find out how you can contribute, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org today!
The weather outside was pretty accommodating over the holiday travel season. But we can’t expect winter to stay away all season. With the worst of winter surely yet to come, it’s a good time to refresh your memory about NNEMAP Food Pantry’s winter weather/snow day policy. It’s pretty simple:
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Have you been lying awake nights, wondering how you could ever find a way to volunteer at NNEMAP? Working full time and managing the household is a handful–and then some. Who can find the time to volunteer during the week? With limited pantry service hours, it’s not easy to make your busy work week schedule match up with ours.
But we heard your cry in the night. It sounded like this: “Can we volunteer on Saturdays?!?”
We are here to answer YES! Yes, you can volunteer on Saturdays!
Every Saturday, NNEMAP opens its doors to provide fresh produce and bread to clients who live within our service area ZIP codes. Just like a normal pantry weekday, volunteers are needed to help clients check in, shop for their food, load up and head out. Other volunteers keep food stocked up or work on other projects as needed and as time permits.
The pantry is open for produce mart shoppers from 11am until 1pm. Volunteer shifts begin at 10:00am and end around 1pm. To find out how you can volunteer on Saturday mornings, click here or e-mail email@example.com today.
Thanks–and you’re welcome. We’re glad we could find a way for you to volunteer with us at a time convenient for you!
NNEMAP Wants YOU to Help Spruce up the Pantry!
NNEMAP will be closed during the Ohio State Fair dates of Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, August 7. That doesn’t mean we’re taking a vacation. While volunteers help fair patrons park their cars outside (for a modest fee), a flurry of activity will be taking place on the inside.
Before we re-open on Monday, August 8, we want to….
*Clean and disinfect all refrigeration equipment
*Thoroughly clean all floors
*Clean and disinfect all equipment
*Reposition some shelving and storage units
*Whatever else we can squeeze into our available time
If you enjoy cleaning and painting–and come on, who doesn’t?–NNEMAP will be your little slice of heaven on earth for a solid week and a half. Projects will start most mornings at 9:00. We want our pantry to be spic-and-span with a shiny new-car smell when we welcome shoppers back for service–we need YOUR HELP to do it!
*Wear clothing that you can get dirty or get paint on
Sound like fun? Call Sean Becker at 405-850-1688 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your date today!
Anyone who has studied educational statistics is more or less familiar with the “summer break syndrome.” After the lengthy academic year concludes, the nation’s school children are turned loose for some three months of sun and fun. Unfortunately, that fun also results in some cognitive backsliding. Children lose a good deal of what they gained academically over the summer. While that ground is typically regained in the beginning of the ensuing school year, it’s still a vexing reality.
One of the first things to go during summer vacation season is reading time. Instead of curling up with a good book, our youth turn to other forms of entertainment (i.e. television) that are less cognitively engaging. In short, our kids spend the summer letting TV turn their budding little brains into mush.We’re not going to change the world of K-12 education here, but we are going to give it a little boost. We have partnered with the Read to Succeed Foundation to keep a steady stream of children’s books on hand for pantry shoppers. Read to Succeed has distributed over 16,000 books, mostly through the pantry system. The books are delivered, organized by grade/age level and staged by Read to Succeed founder (and soon to be high school student) Emily Spector. Easy for us–awesome for our customers!
We are looking forward to keeping our kids’ home libraries stocked up over the summer. Thanks to Read to Succeed, NNEMAP now consistently offers nourishment for the body and the mind!
Want to help us keep dishing up food–and food for thought? Now is a great time to donate! CenturyLink is currently offering matching funds of 75% of your donation. Donate $100, NNEMAP gets $175. What a deal! To support NNEMAP’s many missions, click here. As always, thank you for your generous support!