A note of appreciation from Liz Erstad-Hicks, Community Engagement Director:
Over my tenure at Interfaith Outreach, I have seen countless examples of our tagline – igniting the power of community – in action. But last month I understood the strength of our community and the depth of its power like never before. With the onset of COVID-19, Interfaith Outreach had to take quick action to adjust our focus and service delivery model. Volunteers, our day-to-day “do-ers,” were stuck on the sidelines, unable to fulfill their regular superhero duties. But bystanders, they are not.
Our volunteers sprang into action organizing paper bag collections, fundraisers amongst their colleagues, food shelf donation drives in their neighborhoods, and even stepping up to sew facemasks for food shelf workers. The commitment to our mission and tireless dedication by our volunteers is inspiring to all of us in this challenging time.
To the 1,941 steadfast volunteers who make our world go round, happy National Volunteer Week (and month)! We can’t wait to high five, hug and celebrate with you in person when it is safe to do so.
With gratitude for all you do,
Community Engagement Director