Volunteer Spotlight – Wouda Engel

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Volunteers help us in many ways; from sorting and packaging food, packing food hampers, and sorting & organizing in-kind donations. In celebrating the hard work each volunteer does, we have a regular blog feature dedicated to our great volunteers!

A little over 10 years ago, Wouda brought in a friend who needed a food hamper. Wouda had retired 6 months earlier, and while she waited with her friend she inquired with a staff member if there was an opening for a volunteer to sort the clothing.  The staff person responded immediately with a resounding “Yes!”. Wouda started to volunteer the very next day. She continues to volunteer, Monday to Friday,  about 15 to 20 hours a week. This translates to an impressive 6500 volunteer hours which spans over the decade she has volunteered with us!

I was able to ask Wouda a few questions…

Why is volunteering important to you?

“First, I do not have to sit at home and do nothing. Second, I feel that it’s important to help the community.”

How has volunteering with EFHP made an impact in your life?

“It keeps me busy every morning, and I have built friendships with some of other volunteers over the years.”

What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)?

“I like to do puzzles while watching T.V.  in the evenings. The harder the better.”

Wouda was, and is, a perfect fit for organizing, sorting, and displaying the clothing donations. The process she has developed over the years is impressive, since the area she works from is very small. Her system is efficient and runs like a well oiled machine; she consistently processes a large amount items during every volunteer shift. It’s pretty much the work of two people. Her focus and drive never waivers, which is amazing!

We really appreciate the work and dedication you have given to our program for over a decade. Wow! Wouda!

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