Category: #Service

50 Faces of Volunteers – Bridget Williams

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Nominated by Kayla Paulson with United Way of East Central Iowa in Cedar Rapids

Tell us a little about the volunteer (brief bio – student/profession, location in Iowa, etc.):

Bridget is Logistics Coordinator for Green Iowa AmeriCorps. Through her host, Matthew 25, she connected with Linn Area Partners – Active In Disaster (LAP-AID) and was able to see the gap in food security due to lack of public transit and limited access to food pantries. Due to Bridget’s commitment to environmental justice she stepped up to lead the Food Pantry Pick-up Project utilizing volunteers to deliver free food boxes to home bound residents in Linn County and has made over 350 deliveries since its inception. The program works with United Way to secure dedicated volunteers; partners with Olivet Neighborhood Mission to include milk, eggs, meat, bread, produce, and/or shelf stable food in its food boxes; and is collaborating with the Catherine McAuley Center to reduce language barriers and supply culturally appropriate foods to clients of various backgrounds. Now that transit is running again is transitioning the clients to other services and is working to get Cultivate Hope Produce Rescue established as part of Matthew 25’s Healthy Time Check project. This new food distribution program will provide fresh produce in a neighborhood without adequate access to quality food.

Bridget combines creativity and a drive to solve problems with the maturity to build partner relationships and teams. She was vital to filling the food security gap in the first few months of our community’s COVID response.

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What is the primary (one or two) organization(s) they serve? Matthew 25 and United Way of East Central Iowa

How long have they volunteered with this/these organization(s)? 1 year

Why does this volunteer deserve to be recognized with a 50 Faces of Volunteers spotlight?

She truly stepped up and filled a gap that other LAP-AID members did not have capacity and bandwidth to take the lead on at that time. She did an amazing job of keeping all the partners engaged throughout the process and was not shy about asking for support when needed. Our community is grateful that she was here and serving as an AmeriCorps member during this time.

Tell us about a great volunteer! We would love to recognize them as one of our “50 Faces of Volunteers.” Volunteer Iowa will feature nominees as they are received. Contact Volunteer Iowa at icvs@iowaeda.com with “50 Faces” in the subject line for more information.

50 Faces of Volunteers – Kathy and Tom Peterman

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Nominated by Brittany Appleton with Waypoint in Cedar Rapids

Tell us a little about the volunteer (brief bio – student/profession, location in Iowa, etc.):

Kathy and Tom got connected with Waypoint because their granddaughter is the Director of Waypoint’s Housing & Homeless Services and they were looking to give back to the community during their free time.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Kathy and Tom came into the office an average of 8 hours each week. They are the masters of donations, unloading them when they come into the office and thanking donors, while keeping everything organized and easily accessible for staff. This frees up time for staff to focus on client interaction and also makes it easier to find what is needed when items are distributed to clients.

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What is the primary (one or two) organization(s) they serve? Waypoint

How long have they volunteered with this/these organization(s)? 8 months

Why does this volunteer deserve to be recognized with a 50 Faces of Volunteers spotlight?

 

Kathy and Tom are dedicated, compassionate volunteers who share their time with no expectation of recognition or anything in return. Their support makes a huge impact on our Housing & Homeless Services, and our staff and clients are incredibly grateful for their support.

Tell us about a great volunteer! We would love to recognize them as one of our “50 Faces of Volunteers.” Volunteer Iowa will feature nominees as they are received. Contact Volunteer Iowa at icvs@iowaeda.com with “50 Faces” in the subject line for more information.