January is National Mentoring Month and we thought we’d participate in the celebration by introducing you to our own mentee, Emerald Woodburn. Emerald started here at Second Harvest in October on the advice of her LCCC internship advisor. She is part of the Volunteer team here and works closely with our efforts to reduce waste in the landfills, recycle some unusable food to animal farmers and to safely dispose of over-the-counter medicines. Emerald has been instrumental in connecting us with the Friendship APL as a destination for some animal food and litter than ends up in our food drive bins.
“I have definitely learned a lot,” Emerald says. “Susan and her staff are very open to learning ways to reduce our waste.” Emerald is a student in the LCCC Partnership Program studying Integrated Environmental Studies at Hiram College. Her goal one day is to be able to be instrumental in restoration projects after natural disasters.