Next week, all across America, we will honor those men, women and children who have taken the time to say YES to volunteering. National Volunteers Week will be celebrated during the week of April 10-16, 2016.
Can it be March already? Clocks will move forward, sunlight will shine a little brighter, and daffodils will peak through last year’s mulch. Which means we all have work ahead in spring cleaning and yard work but we approach it all with a spring in our step because warm weather is on the way.
Our spring work at Second Harvest just kicked off -- our Harvest for Hunger Campaign -- our largest food and fundraising campaign of the year which will run through March and into April. Just like the cycle of the seasons, there are many months of unseen preparation which go into organizing the campaign, coordinating logistics and working with businesses and the community to make it a success. But just like with the promise of warmer days, we are filled with hope as the community rallies behind us to support our efforts against hunger.
What is hunger? A better question is…..Who is hunger? Those who run the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Table of Plenty Food Pantry at St. Agnes Church in Elyria can tell you. Hunger is Mary, a young Filipino woman, who is unable to work because of her severe health issues. Hunger is Brian who struggles to feed his family because of his low paying job.
What did you do on your extra day this year?
Many came out to the Nordson Food Distribution Center to help kick off the 2016 Harvest for Hunger campaign. “The kick-off is a fun and festive way for everyone who is working on the campaign to get together as we embark on this year’s challenge,” said Julie Chase-Morefield, Executive Director for Second Harvest.
What will your legacy be? Our commitment to More Food. Less Hunger drives us each day to making this a reality in our community. If you share this desire to make sure the families, children and seniors in our community are fed, you should consider this. And make some plans.