Here at the Pantry, we have so many volunteers who are generous with their time and efforts. It’s a fact that the Pantry could not be open 5-6 days a week without these compassionate, caring, and hardworking people.
For January, we wanted to highlight Laura. She might look familiar to you, since she just won Volunteer of the Year for the Aleph Institute and had a story in the Jewish Chronicle!
- Why do you choose to volunteer?
I choose to volunteer because I learned from both my family and religious tradition that it’s a good idea to participate in activities that can benefit individuals and community causes.
- What made you choose the JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry?
My father, my husband and my 2 sons all volunteered at the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry at various times so I decided to follow in their footsteps. I also enjoy packing and shelving food, meeting our shoppers and spending time with the staff and other volunteers.
- What is a moment or memory that stands out from your time here?
I have learned so much from observing the staff and fellow volunteers at the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry. The Pantry is run in an organized and logical way and the environment is very positive.
Our shoppers are welcomed and treated with respect and as a result, it is relaxing and fun to assist with shopping.
Thank you, Laura, for being such an amazing volunteer!
Volunteer of the Month Spotlight
We have so many wonderful volunteers, so we wanted to share their faces and stories in our newsletter. Each month, we will highlight a different volunteer so you can see the people who help the Pantry keep running month after month, year after year!