A Message from Susan Ogborn
I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. Lily Tomlin
To volunteer is to perform service willingly and without payment. Americans are known around the world for indentifying a challenge, pulling together people who care about that challenge, and making things happen. Without getting paid! More than 64,000,000 of our friends will volunteer to help improve their communities this year.
My first “job” was in 9th grade as a summer Head Start teacher. I can’t help but think that experience helped shape me and direct my some of my values and choices as an adult. Food Bank for the Heartland has over 6000 volunteers helping us every year and we are certain they help shape our direction and our ability to feed our hungry neighbors.
Our volunteers make every day at the food bank better with their caring spirits and boundless energy. There are also less visible folks who help us figure out how to be as efficient as possible, help pack and deliver weekend food for children, help fill our warehouse with donated meals, and help raise funds so we can pay the utilities. There are hundreds and hundreds more volunteers who make it possible for the 650 pantries and meal-providers in NE and IA to gather and distribute food everyday with smiles and love.
To each of you we say “thank you.” And for each of you, we are blessed!
You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. Winston Churchill
President & CEO