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.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 614-297-0533 today!
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.
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!
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:
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!”
NNEMAP Food Pantry is always happy to host your volunteer group. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-297-0553 to schedule a date with us!