Throughout the year, over 300 volunteers – 75 of them individuals with a regular shift here at Worcester County Food Bank – give of their time and talent. Witnessing firsthand their commitment, their passion, is inspiring.
Some of our volunteers have lived experience or have friends or family members who’ve struggled with hunger. Others give out of a profound sense of gratitude for their good fortune. Some devote their one day off each week to sorting and inspecting food in the WCFB warehouse. Others spend their retirement in service to neighbors, volunteering for a network food pantry or community meal program. Each plays a unique and important role in helping to ensure enough, nourishing food reaches those who need it here in Worcester County.
This month, we marked National Volunteer Week: a celebration of those whose contributions enable non-profits like ours to fulfill their mission. But it’s not just this one week each year that we see you, that we notice your contributions, that we’re profoundly grateful for the way you care.
I was struck recently by the words of Deborah, a WCFB volunteer who noted she gives because, “I truly believe that everyone should be really cared for…because they live in a community.”
To those WCFB and Partner Agency volunteers who share that simple, simply profound belief that we’re all in this together: We thank you for being a part of this community.
Jean G. McMurray
Worcester County Food Bank