I’m a country girl. No doubt about. I love driving out of the city everyday on my commute into the country where the houses are set acres apart. That’s just who I am. If the gas prices weren’t so high I would enjoy my commute to and from the Food Bank even more. It’s a time I can decompress before I start my other full time job as mother and wife.
This time of year the landscape and season changes are always interesting to watch and observe on my commute. Recently on my drive home, I begin to admire the dark rich green wheat fields. How could you not, when everything around is still so brown. Trees are just starting to bloom and the grass is still so ugly. You drive along after looking at dead vegetation and see beautiful carpets of green wheat. It’s so refreshing after coming out of the winter months, waiting on spring colors to erupt. It gives you hope.
Those green wheat fields give you hope that spring and summer are truly here and around the corner. And we won’t be seeing that deathly brown until mid-July when the sun has baked our vegetation to well-done
Our Volunteer Center is a lot like those green wheat fields this time of year. You just walk-in to the Volunteer Center and it’s filled with hope. People come into the Volunteer Center daily to help make hope happen.
Our motto at the Food Bank is “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.” Monday-Saturday, (even some Sundays) in our Volunteer Center we are Feeding Hope. Our volunteers show up in droves and become the green wheat fields of hope you see right now, along the road ways of this great state. It’s a beautiful thing!
First off, thank you volunteers for choosing to serve with us at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
Second, if you’ve never been personally invited to serve with us, consider this your invitation to be a part of the Hope that takes place daily in our Volunteer Center. Come serve alongside us as we Fight Hunger and Feed Hope.
We have distributed 118,298 Emergency Family Boxes of food and household items to low-income families in just two short months! We are working hard to distribute the remaining 102,557 boxes of food before the end of September and could still use your help! We will maintain extended volunteer hours Monday thru Saturday from 9 to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. with no appointment necessary for individuals. We can also accommodate groups of five or more on some evenings, and groups of 15 or more on Sundays.
Hope to see you all soon.
We need you tomorrow! We have 217 pallets of product to go out to needy families next week. Open volunteering from 9-12 and 1-4. We are located at 3355 S Purdue near the airport. You can just show up!
If you aren’t available tomorrow, we hope you’ll come out volunteer sometime this summer. We need your help now more than ever! The Regional Food Bank will distribute an additional 3.8 million pounds of food and 697,867 pounds of household products in upcoming summer months. We have extended volunteering hours to accommodate!
Contact me 600-3154 if you have any questions. We hope to see you soon!
The Thunderbird Pioneers are a group of volunteers that worked for the Oklahoma City Western Electric Works/AT&T/Lucent Plant. They have been pumping out boxes of food for our Food for Kids program since we started it back in 2003. Since March of 2009 they have given us over 731 hours of service! We can always expect a lot of work to get done when the pioneers visit! They are an awesome group!
Michael and Linda Crawley have been coming out to the Food Bank to volunteer every Saturday for several years. Together they have volunteered over 200 hours since March of 2009! We have come to rely on their experience to help us guide, direct and supervise groups of volunteers. They have proven themselves to be invaluable to the food bank and have greatly contributed to helping us provide our volunteers with a positive and enjoyable experience!
Red Rock Behavioral Health Services employees have been helping Oklahoma communities with mental health issues since 1974. Red Rock has put in over 130 hours with us in the past year and they have been coming out to volunteer with us for a couple of years now. They always bring a smile and work hard for us every time they visit!
As a part of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we’d like to take a moment to say thank you for volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma! We invite you to attend a special Volunteer Appreciation Night on Wednesday, April 21st, from 4 to 8 pm. in the Volunteer Center.
Join us for this Open House & Open Volunteering event! Staff will be on hand to welcome guests, answer questions and give tours. Snacks and beverages will also be provided.
We hope to see you there!
12:10 PM on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010No Comments
It’s National Volunteer Week! Today, we’d like to recognize Steve Hoffman, our most faithful volunteer! We rely on him each Saturday to show volunteers how we package our donated bread, and he consistently motivates people to get it done! He is an exemplary volunteer and because of him, and volunteers like him, we are able to help provide food to more than 77,000 Oklahomans in need each week!
11:37 AM on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010No Comments
Please join us in recognizing John Camp as our Volunteer of the Quarter! John started volunteering here over a year ago. His granddaughter helped him find the Food Bank by calling around to organizations. He comes in around 3-4 days a week for 2 hours. Often, he will bring in donuts for the staff.
He bought the Volunteer Center a paper cutter and a paper shredder with his own money because he saw a need. On most days, John can be found in the volunteer break room placing labels on bags for repacking products. He was born in the state of Washington and traveled the world with his parents until 16 years of age. They were missionaries mainly in India. He returned to the state of Oregon and graduated High School. Later he went to college and then served in the military. He is 87 years young and has been married over 60 years (don’t tell him we told you, but his birthday is on April 29th when he’ll turn 88)! He has volunteered more than 285.5 hours!! Thank you John!!
9:48 AM on Tuesday, April 20th, 20102 Comments
This week, we are recognizing our most loyal volunteers each day with the Devon Energy Volunteer Spotlight recognition.
John Watson has been volunteering with us every Tuesday and Thursday for almost two years. Since March of 2009, he has given us more than 227 hours, making him one of our dedicated individual volunteers! John works well with the groups that come in, and really takes leadership by showing volunteers how to accomplish our goals. Big thank you to John for his continued support!
The Dale Rogers Training Center (from left to right): Debbie Ladd, Rajean Walker, Tyrone Holloway, Paula Walton, Jeanna Fast and Jake Corum.
As a vocational training and employment center, the Dale Rogers Training Center has been providing service to Oklahoma businesses and charities for over 50 years! The Dale Rogers Training Center group volunteered 677 hours in the past year and put in more hours every month per person than most volunteer groups! They always work hard, bring a positive attitude and are a joy to work with! THANK YOU to Dale Rogers Training Center!!
5:29 PM on Monday, April 19th, 2010No Comments
This week is National Volunteer Week! We will be recognizing our most loyal volunteers each day with the Devon Energy Volunteer Spotlight recognition. Today, we’d like to recognize Kim Synder and her group from Devon Energy. Since March of 2009, Kim Snyder and her Devon Energy team have volunteered more than 570 hours! We are so thankful for their ongoing support! Devon Energy is dedicated to investing in the communities it touches.
11:39 AM on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010No Comments
On Saturday, Walmart Supercenter employees sorted 93,425 pounds of food at the Food Bank! In addition to their volunteer time, Walmart donates $500 for every five associates that volunteers 5 hours of time to the Food Bank, so the effort will also result in a donation of nearly $15,000 through their Volunteering Always Pays program.
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Big thank you to Walmart and all their employees for helping to fight hunger in Oklahoma!!