Volunteers are the heart and hands of IOCP. Their generous time, energy and savvy make our programs possible. From individuals and families to civic groups and corporations, volunteers are the service multipliers who grow our capacity to serve struggling families on a daily basis. Each month, we highlight a volunteer from one of our many programs.
March 2015 Volunteer Spotlight: Katie Won, Food Shelf
Volunteering is appealing to many of us because the ability to support a cause we believe in with our time and talents is so rewarding. We look forward to starting volunteer work when our kids are out of the house, when we’ve finished school or maybe when we finally retire. Yet we’re reminded by Elizabeth Andrew, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” IOCP volunteer Katie Won exemplifies this quote perfectly.
Katie is a pharmacist at Hennepin County Medical Center, as well as a wife and mother of two. As you can imagine, Katie’s life doesn’t lack for things to do (or get done!), yet she said she was “drawn to volunteer with IOCP because of the organization’s dedication to serving the community.” Katie began volunteering on Saturdays, picking up food donations from Target and bringing the items back to IOCP’s food shelf. It was something she could fit into her busy schedule, and she could even bring her family along to help!
As Katie continued volunteering, she said she was “even more impressed by the holistic approach of the organization” and specifically how IOCP “has increased the standard of living for the entire community.” With this dedication, Katie stepped into a leadership role in September of 2011, and she now coordinates donation pickups to more than a dozen retailers with the support of 50 volunteers! Katie helps to ensure healthy, high-value items don’t end up in the garbage, but get to the food shelf where they can help IOCP families.
Katie continues to be an asset to the IOCP Food Shelf and its broader mission. “Keeping the food shelf stocked provides support to so many people going through difficult transitions,” Katie said. We couldn’t agree more. In addition to believing in the cause, Katie enjoys the chance to volunteer and be involved in our community. She remembers the fun her family had when they got to ride the Wayzata trolley at the James J. Hill parade with IOCP staff and volunteers. In addition to volunteering, Katie enjoys horseback riding and boating, and is a self-proclaimed “regular” at the Muni. If you happen to run into Katie at the Muni, make sure to thank her for her incredible service to IOCP and our community!
Read more about other volunteers:
David Moore, Interpreter / HW Club / Employment Services
Inesa Zbarouskaya, Interpreter and Translator
Peggy Toonen, Holiday Gift Program
Cole Hartman, Sleep Out
Sandra Isle, ReSale 101
Nick Swart, Graphic Design
Lynn Groll, IOCP Board
Paty Conchon, Children's Play Area Volunteer
Mary Taylor, Administrative Volunteer
Helen Crosson, Food Shelf
John Sweeney, Employment Services
Bev Coyne, Education Rides Program
Dick Reed: A Tribute to Santa
Linda Joiner, Fundraising
Lucinda Frenz, ReSale 101