Posts Tagged ‘volunteer spotlight’

Volunteer Spotlight: Nanci

August 30, 2012

Beth and Nanci

Nanci has been volunteering at the Emergency Food Hamper Program since January 2012.  To date, she has given over 120 hours of her time!  Nanci has such a fun-loving personality and really has a heart for people.  Here is a little bit about Nanci:

How did you hear about House of Friendship?

I had heard about House of Friendship a number of years ago through a friend, and ever since then I wanted to get involved.  This past December, I helped out  at House of Friendship’s Christmas Hamper program and just loved it.  I am looking forward to helping out again this year.

What do you enjoy about volunteering at the EFHP?

What I like most about volunteering here is the fact that I am able to give back to the community.  It’s a good feeling.  I also really enjoy all the people that I get to interact with when I am volunteering, including the staff and volunteers.

What’s your favourite job at our program?

My favourite job is packing food hampers.  I’m a ‘foody’ who loves to feed people.  I try to make it personal when I am packing the hampers.  I really do my best to treat them like they were someone I know.  When I see they have children, I think about what my children would have wanted at that age.  I also pay careful attention to the special diets and the ages of the people in the household.

How has volunteering impacted your life?

Volunteering has impacted me in many ways.  I have become more comfortable in areas that I had little experience with in the past.  Volunteering has also given me patience.  I have to respect and appreciate that everyone works differently, and that I can learn from other people.

Are there any other programs that you are or have volunteered with?

I used to volunteer at Ray of Hope, helping in the kitchen.

What kind of activities or hobbies do you enjoy when you aren’t working or volunteering?

I love to be active by working out and going for walks.  I enjoy travelling.  I am going out to British Columbia to visit with my son and his family soon.  Family is very important to me, and I like to spend as much time with them as possible.  I also love to designing and decorating my house and cooking for other people.

Thank you Nanci for taking some time to tell us about yourself!  It has been fun getting to know you! 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Chloe

August 16, 2012

Chloe has been volunteering with us since January 2012.  Since starting here, she has given over 95 hours of her time.  Chloe has proven to be quite flexible, coming in at short notice to help fill-in if needed.  It has been great for us to get to know Chloe over the past 7 months, and we look forward to many more with her!   

How did you hear about House of Friendship?

I heard about House of Friendship through the Volunteer Action Centre.  There was a posting for volunteer opportunities with House of Friendship’s Christmas Hamper Program that had already been filled and so they directed me to the Emergency Food Hamper Program.

What do you enjoy about volunteering at the EFHP?

I enjoy meeting the people that are coming in for assistance with food, and getting to know the staff and volunteers.  I also really love to see how organized it is here.  I guess you could call me an organized person, so I love things like that.

What’s your favourite job at our program?

My favourite job is packing food hampers.  I like organizing the food items so they fit perfectly into the boxes.  It also gives me an opportunity to interact with the people coming in for food hampers.

How has volunteering impacted your life?

Volunteering at the Emergency Food Hamper Program has helped me to realize what I want to do with my schooling.  I was in a music therapy program at Acadia University in Nova Scotia for two years, but decided that I wanted something different.  I am excited about this upcoming school year where I will be in the Social Development Studies program at the University of Waterloo.

Are there any other programs that you are or have volunteered with?

Besides the mandatory 40 hours that you have to complete in high school, I had never really volunteered anywhere before the Emergency Food Hamper Program.  I just recently started volunteering at the Queen Street Commons.  I love the fast-paced environment that it offers me.  When I am there, I help in the kitchen with food preparations.

What kind of activities or hobbies do you enjoy when you aren’t working or volunteering?

I love to listen to all types of music (except for country), and to watch all different kinds of movies.  I also love to hang out with awesome people that I call my friends.  Making sure I have everything ready for the start of school has also become an activity of mine.

Thanks Chloe for sharing with us!  Good luck to you as you begin your new program at the University of Waterloo.   

Volunteer Spotlight: Ursula

June 18, 2012

Ursula has been volunteering at the Emergency Food Hamper Program since April, giving over 35 hours of her time to the program.  Ursula volunteers alongside two of her children each week, making Mondays a family affair at 807 Guelph Street.  We have loved getting to know Ursula in the past few months, and look forward to many more laughs together! 

How did you hear about House of Friendship?

I first heard about House of Friendship through my daughter, Connie (see her spotlight here).  She has been volunteering here for over seven years now and it sounded like it was something that I would like to be involved in.

What do you enjoy about volunteering at the EFHP?

I like volunteering at the EFHP because it is something that gets me out of my home and helping people in need.  It is wonderful to be able to volunteer alongside two of my children and to meet all of the volunteeers at the program.

Since my husband passed away earlier this year, I have been quite lonely at home.  Before I had my husband to care for, but now I don’t, so volunteering has been a good way for me to keep busy.

What’s your favourite job at our program?

My favourite job at Food Hampers is bagging the fruit, but I am up certainly up for whatever comes my way.  I like it all!

 How has volunteering impacted your life?

Volunteering has given me something meaningful to do.  At home, I just sit and watch TV.  This volunteer position has given me a sense of purpose.

 Are there any other programs that you are or have volunteered with?

I haven’t volunteered with any other programs in the area.  I used to work at Dare Foods, packing cookies on the line.  It has been great to reconnect at the EFHP with a former co-worker, Sharron, who also volunteers here.

What kind of activities or hobbies do you enjoy when you aren’t working or volunteering?

I like to read all different types of books, ranging from biographies to books about nature and animals.  My love for animals has me regularly watching Animal Planet on T.V.  Family is very important to me, so I love time spent with my 10 children, 21 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Thanks Ursula for taking the time to share a little bit about yourself with us!  We appreciate all your hard work bagging whatever bulk food items we bring your way.