Paula: Stories from the front desk
Paula works at the front desk at The Neighbors’ Place, meaning she is the first person many of our clients see. She serves as a welcoming face for clients, and said her interactions with clients have made an impact on her. A mother who received food assistance told Paula “she wasn’t worried about her children being hungry,” she said. “She said, ‘God bless all of you.’”
Frank Altman: From community service to staff
Frank started out doing community service in The Neighbors’ Place’s garden. Today, he’s the lead gardener of our community gardens and an assistant in our Furniture & Basic Needs Bank. When he’s not working in the garden, he picks up donated furniture, works in our warehouse and serves as a handyman. “I’ve seen people coming out of prison,” he said. “First they need something to do to occupy their time. They come and volunteer. Then they need a reference for a job, and we let them know just how well they did here. … Matter of fact, that even worked for me.”
Bessie: Client and intern
Bessie had used services at The Neighbors’ Place before as a client, and soon after graduating from college she took an internship with us to gain some professional experience and to help others. “I love giving back,” she said. “I love being part of a change.” As a result of her experience with The Neighbors’ Place, she hopes to make her career in nonprofit agencies.
Tracy: Volunteer Story
Tracy worked in corporate America for 20 years, and after a recent move back to Wisconsin, he realized that he wanted to give back to his community. Luckily, Tracy applied at http://neighborsplace.org/get-involved/volunteer-application/ to help his local neighbors in-need. Tracy works in the food pantry helping out in any way he can — whether that’s checking-in guests on the computers or restocking shelves. Fernando quickly realized Tracy’s potential, and now Tracy is helping create a new database for the food pantry and food bank.
Click play to hear Tracy’s favorite moment as a volunteer!
Kris: Volunteer, Colleague, and Friend
If you’ve ever visited The Neighbors’ Place in need of a service, you’ve probably met Kris. If you’ve ever volunteered at The Neighbors’ Place, Kris probably showed you where the coffee is. If you’ve ever donated to The Neighbors’ Place, Kris probably helped you unload your vehicle and get a receipt.
Needless to say, Kris has become an important person at The Neighbors’ Place. In this episode you’ll hear from Kris first-hand on her experience volunteering and working at The Neighbors’ Place. She believes that our best quality as a nonprofit is our capability to always treat people with respect. And, if she could change anything about the services offered . . . she’d add more!
Click play to listen to some of Kris’s stories.