The Friendship Center food pantry served 36 families on Wednesday, March 9. This is up from 14 last week and 29 the week before. We served 19 families in the first 45 minutes we were open — our team of volunteers was really hopping!
On Wednesday we signed up 20 new members, and the Friendship Center now has a total of 62 families signed up as members.
But it's not about numbers, it's about helping people, making connections with our friends in the community and among each other. It’s about serving God in and through our neighbors.
So far, we seem to be on the right track. We have some fantastic volunteers, and we would welcome more, in a number of capacities. We need your help. Contact volunteer coordinator Denise Krutiak at email@example.com or me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking for volunteers who can help during our daytime hours and those who could help in the evening when we add evening hours down the road.
Friends from the community who are not in need of food are always welcome to come in and see what we are doing. I would love to see more of those I know and love stop in and visit.
I want to thank the members of the North Adams Youth Commission for letting Al Nelson and me speak to them last Thursday about the food pantry and ways to get youth involved. I was encouraged by the meeting that this will happen, and happen in varied ways.
I also want to thank Mike Garland and WNAW for having Maureen Gaudreau, Mark Lincourt and me on the Opinion program on Monday morning to talk about the Friendship Center food pantry and the food drive that Maureen and North Adams Commons has organized in several locations in North Adams through Friday. From what people who heard it tell me, we did OK.
(Photo above: Getting ready before we opened the doors at 11 a.m. are (l-r) Denise Krutiak, Gail Obrest, Shirley Davis and Sue Walker.)