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VOLUNTEER NEWS AND EVENTS

November 2013 Issue

NEWS AND EVENTS

Volunteer Birthdays Elizabeth May Tracey Cowart Barbara Hartman John Dovale Tricia Lewandowski Greg Umentum John Webb Dennis Weeks Jeanine Crouse Bill Fruland John Wright Anna Sarovich Armelle Mathurin Susan Fruland Mary O’Brien Robin Sheffield Pat Wright Peggy Beata Dave Gagliano Robert Hayhusrt Suzanne Gibson Tom Haddock Matthew Skrip

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ANNUAL REPORT UPDATE Today, Loaves and Fishes’ 2013 Annual Report is made public and there are some impressive statistics! 1,500 volunteers donated 79,000 hours to Loaves & Fishes in the 2013 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013). That is the equivalent of 38 full-time employees! In addition, 3,375 hours were donated by Work Groups. Also in the 2013 fiscal year, Loaves & Fishes served 18,564 individuals and 1,682 individuals participated in our Empowerment Programs. 3,272,680 pounds of groceries were provided to families.

EXTRA VOLUNTEER SHIFTS ADDED IN NOVEMBER In anticipation of the ever-busy holiday season, we have added two extra Distribution shifts in the week leading up to Thanksgiving to better accomodate our growing client population around the holidays. There will be an extra Distribution shift on Saturday, November 23rd from 12:30pm-2:30pm. We are also adding an evening shift on Tuesday, November 26th from 4:30pm-7:30pm for Distribution volunteers. Additional volunteer shifts for Parking are also available on these days. If you are available to help on either of these days, please sign up at www.myvolunteerpage.com or contact Hilary with any questions.

HOT TO...TURKEY TROT? Please kick off your day of feasting with service on behalf of our pantry! Both the Naperville and Elmhurst events are generous contributors to Loaves and Fishes! Let’s help out on Thanksgiving morning from 6 - 9 am. Family, teens and visiting relatives are welcome! See Shelly for specific details!

COMING SOON: BINGO NIGHT IN JANUARY! Bingo, Chili and Prizes! What could be better on a cold winter night? I would love to learn from your BINGO expertise and a chili cook off might be in the works as well. If you would like to help with this social held at the pantry, please see Shelly. BINGO!

Did you know...

Matt Chicola, Advancement Coordinator and self-proclaimed farceur, began volunteering in 2011 while pursuing a master’s degree in English from Elmhurst College. Before that, Matt received a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University, after failing to become a piano prodigy like that guy he saw in that movie once. It was in Michigan that he developed his sense of humor, playing pranks on his roommates, friends and teammates, until they tired of him and asked him to leave the state. Nervous that his humor would not translate from the mitten to the windy city, Matt spent some time in his hometown of Downers Grove with his parents and their rapidly growing family of dogs (current dog count: 3). Matt’s first Loaves & Fishes volunteer shift was at Day Without Hunger 2011 – little did he know he would be leading the event two years later, he would have taken more notes. He realized that he found a place that his education and his levity could intertwine. He may be an idealist who doesn’t know where he is going, but he is extremely happy with where he is at and who he is with, at least until he is asked to leave the state. (Portions of this biography may be dramatized for entertainment purposes)


November 2013 • Featured Volunteers

THANKS

for your

GIVING

Each month we feature several of our volunteers. If you or your family have been volunteering for longer than six months and would like to be featured on this page, please contact Hilary at volunteer@loaves-fishes.org.

Gary Lund Parking 1. Why do you volunteer at Loaves & Fishes?

I enjoy keeping everything in order. I also enjoy the face-time with the clients. There are a lot of little things you can do to make someone’s day brighter. Sometimes when the ladies come out with flowers from the pantry, I like to take them from the cart, then hand them to her and say “These are for you.” It makes them smile. I like to help the clients have a better day. 2. How long have you been volunteering at Loaves & Fishes?

I have been volunteering since April of 2013. So far I have put in over 400 hours! I try to do about 16 hours a week. 3. Do you have any interesting hobbies?

I am a church musician at Naperville Covenant Church. I play guitar and bass. I am also a grandpa. I have a grandson who is six, so I like to spend time with him.

Margie Mygind Distribution 1. Why do you volunteer at Loaves & Fishes?

I like helping people and giving back to the community. I enjoy meeting the clients in Distribution. I chose to volunteer at Loaves & Fishes because I like the flexibility of my volunteer schedule. I am usually here 4 days a week on average. 2. Do you volunteer anywhere else besides Loaves & Fishes?

I am also a literacy volunteer at Literacy DuPage. I teach English as a Second Language. I have been doing that for about 10 years.

3. Do you have any interesting hobbies?

My husband and I do geocaching. You use a GPS to find things that people have hidden throughout the world. It’s like a big scavenger hunt. We have done it in 43 states. We also love to travel.

Dan Overton Sorting 1. Why do you volunteer at Loaves & Fishes?

I have been volunteering for about a year. I am also a long-time donor. My wife [Peggy Lundberg] and I wanted to make a contribution. I like that donors have the opportunity to personally help the cause and directly see how your efforts help other people. I like that it’s hands-on and I get to see the faces of the people we are helping. it’s much more meaningful than just making a donation. 2. What do you like about volunteering in the warehouse?

It’s a pretty good work out! There is a lot of moving, stretching and bending. Ned is an exceptionally good leader and the other volunteers are really nice. There is always something to do in the warehouse and time goes by fast.


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