Honoring Steve Wertz for Volunteer of the Quarter

July 24th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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Steve Wertz with Iris Graebner, Capital Area Food Bank Volunteer Resources Manager

The Food Bank would like to congratulate its Volunteer Leader of the Quarter, Mr. Steve Wertz.  Since 2010, Steve has volunteered over 800 hours at the Food Bank.  Steve began as an administrative volunteer, helping with data entry of volunteer hours.  In 2011, he decided he wanted a more physically active volunteer role and began to volunteer in Product Recovery.  After quickly establishing himself as a key volunteer, he was nominated as a Volunteer Leader in 2012 and happily accepted the promotion.  Steve went above and beyond by committing to shifts two days a week in Product Recovery.

As a Volunteer Leader, Steve is helpful and courteous with volunteers and always eager to help.  Ellen Weaver, Product Recovery Assistant, says, ““I’ve only known Steve for a brief span of time, but within that time he has demonstrated excellence in leadership, accountability, and a determination to fulfill the mission of the Food Bank. The Food Bank and the Product Recovery team are quite lucky to have the presence of a hard worker like Steve.”

In addition to helping in Product Recovery, Steve has volunteered for many years at Austin Reggae Festival and Hot Sauce Fest.  He’s not afraid to fundraise and “foodraise” (his term).  Steve says that he likes to see the whole process of food banking, from the time the food leaves a donor’s hand to the time it is sorted and headed out the door to folks who need it. When asked what one of his favorite things is about volunteering at the Food Bank, he said, “It’s a fun atmosphere to interact with people you may otherwise never meet, all while providing an important service to the local community.  Often times you’ll meet other volunteers again outside of the food bank who will remember you and that usually gives you chance to follow-up with them to find out that that they had a worthwhile, enjoyable experience as well.”

Thank you so much for all of your hard work and commitment to ending hunger in Central Texas, Steve!


Honoring Jack Harrington, the ‘backbone’ of the St. John food pantry

April 11th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Our volunteers help keep the Food Bank running. Each year around 19,000 volunteers donate over 90,000 volunteer hours in product recovery, at the St. John food pantry, through our mobile pantries, at our events and in our offices. We couldn’t be more grateful, so we’re thrilled to honor our Volunteer Leader of the Quarter, Jack Harrington.

Jack Harrington

Since 2011, Jack has volunteered nearly 1,000 hours in both product recovery and the St. John Community Food Center. He has become the backbone of St. John and is a permanent and reliable volunteer that is there whenever the Food Bank needs him.

Jack is retired and, a few years ago, he was looking for a worthwhile organization. Lucky for us, he thought of the Food Bank.

He first volunteered in our product recovery area, but when the St. John pantry opened, he decided to volunteer there since it is closer to his home. Jack says he just fell in love with the St. John staff, volunteers and individuals served at the food distributions.

Over the years, Jack has continued to devote his time, rain or shine (and even ice), to supporting the mission of the Food Bank at the St. John Center. He treats the St. John clients as extended family and works diligently to provide them with healthy options and a warm smile.

Jack says the best thing about volunteering at the Food Bank is “seeing how your time directly affects those in need.”

“People are very grateful and sometimes even cry when you help them out,” he says.

Agency Relations Representative Kara Prior says the Food Bank is “blessed” to have Jack as a Volunteer Leader.

“St. John’s would not be the same without Jack’s positive attitude and remarkable work ethic,” she says.

We completely agree and are more than honored to recognize Jack Harrington as our Volunteer Leader of the Quarter.

If you’re interested in joining our volunteer family, you can learn about opportunities and sign up for your first shift here.

Celebrating volunteers and good times.

July 31st, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

VolLeadSTARHH7-29-09 004Food Bank staff and thirty volunteers met for our 2nd Annual Volunteer Leader and STAR Administrative Volunteer Summer Social at Opal Divine’s, Penn Field.

Volunteers and Food Bankers mixed and mingled, Opal Divine’s staff were awesome, and everyone enjoyed this time together.

We’re grateful for our 36 Lead Volunteers and 24 STAR Admin Volunteers. Last year, our Lead Volunteers contributed 3,891 volunteer hours!

Some info — A Lead Volunteer supports the Food Bank by training and leading volunteers to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable volunteer experience, and a STAR Admin Volunteer assists with administrative projects or Product Recovery food sorting, a minimum of once-a-week.

View photos from the event.
Video below highlights our Volunteer Leader Program. [5:05]


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