Meet NNEMAP’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award Winner

If you have been dutifully following our latest news section, you know that we have been spending a little extra time recently celebrating the many contributions of our volunteers. Rightfully and deservedly so. We have an outstanding roster of volunteers at NNEMAP: dedicated, efficient, smart and compassionate. They make a good mission even better.

Beginning in 2011, NNEMAP has identified an annual Distinguished Service Award recipient. This honoree has dedicated many years of service to the organization in many different capacities. The 2016 recipient of the NNEMAP Distinguished Service Award, given in memory of Joe and Ruth Walker, goes to Shirley Fischer. 2016-04-23 Volunteer lunch Shirley 2

Throughout her many years of service, Shirley has served NNEMAP’s customers in many capacities. As her activity at the pantry slowed down, she still continued to serve the organization’s mission by helping out in the back stock area, breaking down bulk items and keeping things in order.

Although Shirley doesn’t volunteer on location at the pantry these days, NNEMAP can still count on her to contribute. She consistently rallies her fellow Northwest United Methodist Church members to donate cereal, canned goods, toilet tissue, or whatever other item NNEMAP may need when Shirley calls.

In recognition of her countless and tireless efforts on behalf of NNEMAP Food Pantry–and especially our customers–it is with tremendous gratitude that we honor Shirley Fischer with the 2016 NNEMAP Distinguished Service Award. Congratulations, Shirley–and thank you!!!

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Next up: our 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Is the suspense really getting to you? Next year you will know the winner ahead of time if you attend our volunteer celebration luncheon. But–you can’t attend if you don’t volunteer. Call Assistant Director Sean Becker at 614-297-0533 or e-mail sean@nnemappantry.org to volunteer today!

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Volunteer Fete Fun for All Ages

In a perfect world, we would celebrate our volunteers every single day. We try–thank yous are free, compliments on a job consistently well done cost nothing–but it would be great if we could do a little more.

While that’s not a very realistic possibility, we do make a point to get together once a year to celebrate another year of stellar service and enjoy each other’s company. From our most experienced volunteers down to the freshest face in the crowd, we have a great time rejoicing in our accomplishments and NNEMAP’s many successes.

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Our volunteer luncheon is also when we honor a couple of extra special volunteers. For the past several years, NNEMAP has given two awards for volunteer service: the Volunteer of the Year award, given in memory of Bob and Vera Lichty, and the Distinguished Service Award, given in memory of Joe and Ruth Walker.

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Who were this year’s deserving recipients? Stay tuned–we’ll make the big reveal later this week! If you want to join our volunteer crew, e-mail sean@nnemappantry.org or call 614-297-0533 today!

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Dear Volunteers: We Really Can’t Thank You Enough!

Being a volunteer means a lot of things for a lot of organizations. Sometimes it means being a companion. Sometimes it means being part of a team. Sometimes it means doing the heavy lifting. Sometimes it means being a friend.

Being a volunteer at NNEMAP means all of those things–and then a little more. Without the dedicated and compassionate service of over 100 volunteers, NNEMAP could not exist. From the moment customers arrive right through the minute the groceries are bagged and loaded up, they are greeted and served by NNEMAP volunteers.Volunteer Thank You image

Every day, NNEMAP volunteers dedicate over 40 hours of service to the organization. According to a 2014 study, the value of volunteer service is $23.56 per hour. In pure monetary terms, that means NNEMAP volunteers are worth about $1,000.00 per day. Those of us who get to see them in action know they are truly invaluable.

Thank you, volunteers, for your dedication to our mission and, most importantly, to our customers. There is no way to calculate what you mean to us!

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Do you want to be a part of the best volunteer team in the city? E-mail sean@nnemappantry.org or visit our Volunteer Page to find out how you can help!

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Your Kroger Community Rewards Can Help Our Bottom Line!

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Attention, Kroger shoppers! Do you participate in Kroger’s Community Rewards program? The leading grocery store chain’s generous and innovative program distributes millions of dollars annually to schools, churches and other non-profit organizations. In other words, Kroger Community Rewards help provide crucial funds for organizations just like NNEMAP!

Signing up is fast and easy. Simply go to the Kroger Community Rewards site and log in. If you haven’t created an account before, you’ll need to enter an e-mail address and password.

Complete the remaining required fields, and you will proceed to a “Find Your Organization” prompt. You can type “NNEMAP” in the box or just enter our organization’s ID number: 80611. Then click on the “Search” button.

When your search results come up, click on the round button next to the NNEMAP entry to highlight it. Then click on the “Enroll” button. And…that’s it! It is really that simple. You shop, we get a steady drip of needed financial support. What’s not to love?

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Not a Kroger shopper? Don’t let that stop you from supporting NNEMAP’s mission! Click here to find out how you can help today!

 

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Buckeye Volunteers Spring (Clean) Into Action

There may have been a little snow on the ground Saturday morning, but our superb group of student volunteers from the Ohio State University’s “Pay it Forward” program came to NNEMAP with willing hands and warm hearts.

In just a few short hours, our 10 guests swept and mopped the client waiting area; deep-cleaned inside, under and behind our freezers; assisted with some equipment repairs; repackaged about 100 pounds of bulk flour and sugar; organized our shopping bag and cart area; assembled a pair of shelving units; and redesigned our display board.

Best of all, they did it with great enthusiasm and cheerful smiles:

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We’re not positive, but we’re pretty sure they slipped off and did even more incredibly helpful things for us when we weren’t looking. When we opened for business on Monday, our building was squeaky clean.

Thanks again to our student friends at Pay it Forward. When we need a special group of volunteers, we know we can always “Go Bucks!”

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NNEMAP Food Pantry is always happy to host your volunteer group. E-mail sean@nnemappantry.org or call 614-297-0553 to schedule a date with us!

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HOLIDAY HOURS-NNEMAP Food Pantry will be closed Saturday, September 4th and Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day

Monday: 9am-12 noon  Tuesday: 9am-12 noon

Wednesday: 9am-12 noon Thursday: 3pm-6pm

Friday: 9am-12 noon  Saturday: 10am-1pm

CLOSED EVERY SUNDAY

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