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Eleven volunteers were recognized for contributing the highest number of hours during the past year. Front row – Joanne Ouellette, Lauren Farrell, Karen O’Neil. Back row – Doug Lee, Edna DelToro, Brenda Ferguson, Bill Dean, Martha Dean, Peter Galluzzo, Ann Berry and Temple Staples.
Approximately 70 volunteers, donors and staff members gathered together on Tuesday evening, October 23rd for our annual meeting held at the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry at 234 Barnum Road, Devens. It was an opportunity to reflect on the good work being done at the Pantry and the wonderful volunteers and donors who make it all happen. The annual meeting this year was dedicated to Ray Grande, a resident of Littleton and a long-time, dedicated Loaves & Fishes volunteer, who recently passed away. The loading dock at the Pantry was also dedicated in Ray Grande's honor.
The evening began with entertainment by The Johnny Appleseed Harmonizers who delighted the audience with their humor, as well as their musical skills. The audience was provided updates outlining progress with the Pantry's New Website Build Project and Service Assessment Project. The following eleven volunteers received recognition for contributing the most volunteer hours during the past fiscal year:
Karen O'Neil, 703 hours
Doug Lee, 674 hours
Peter Galluzzo, 499 hours
Temple Staples, 487 hours
Joanne Ouellette, 445 hours
Edna Del Toro, 431 hours
Brenda Ferguson, 424 hours
Bill Dean, 418 hours
Lauren Farrell, 364 hours
Ann Berry, 351 hours
Martha Dean, 316 hours
The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for 2012 was presented to Janet Stevens. Janet has been a volunteer at the Pantry for eleven years and has served in several roles at the Pantry, including as a Steward, an Interim Client Advocate and a Food Distributor. She is a member of the Shop for Your Kids Team and previously served on the Board of Trustees as Secretary and President.
Dick and Jane Lyons and Dick Hunt receive the
Founders Award for 10 continuous years of service to Loaves & Fishes.
Joanne Ouellette was recognized for authoring an original poem about volunteering which now has a permanent home on the walls of the Pantry. Three young ladies were honored for their unique contributions to Loaves & Fishes--Caroline Provost, a Sophomore at Littleton High School, painted a beautiful butterfly mural in the Pantry, Kara Kennedy, a Senior at Bromfield High School, crafted an amazing quilt which is on display in our waiting room and Deidre Kennedy, a Freshman at Bromfield, translated many Pantry materials into Spanish and French to assist our clients whose first language is not English. These three youths have gone above and beyond in their giving and their work will be treasured for many years to come.
Five volunteers agreed to share their thoughts and feelings about volunteering at Loaves & Fishes. Martha & Bill Dean, Kathy Ellis, Karen O'Neil and Marge Payne all spoke from their hearts. Their stories were very touching and everyone in attendance was moved by their words about their individual experiences with the Pantry.
The climax of the evening was when a client shared her heart-felt testimonial with the audience. Her message was clear-she and her family are indebted to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry!
A special thank you to the following local companies for sponsoring our Annual Meeting: