Here we are just a few days into a brand new year. A fresh start so many of us look forward to. At Second Harvest, we feel like we were given an early shot at “brand new” in June when we moved into our new facility. Learning how to use new equipment in a new space and catching on to new routines has been challenging. With any new learning curve though there is the promise for exponentially increasing the amount of good we can do and that is becoming a reality quickly.
In just six months we have already seen the difference. The number of volunteers has increased by 25% with their production and output with the new systems up nearly 50%. That means more food into the hands of families who need it.
As you ponder your options for your fresh start effort for 2016, why not consider heeding the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
His life and legacy will be honored throughout the country this month through the MLK Day of Service. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing problems. There are more than 63,000 people being served through our partner charities so their uncertainty and insecurity about their next meal is palpable. It is a pressing problem. We are determined to make sure hope and help is on the way. It is only possible because of the dedicated and caring volunteers who join with us.
So as you step into the brand new year, plan for the highest good for your health, happiness and fulfillment. But know that you will achieve these three so much quicker when you include some time for service towards others. Consider volunteering at Second Harvest. Click here for more information. Take the next step.
Julie Chase-Morefield is the President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.