This month we are featuring Lena T. as our volunteer spotlight! Lena is known around the Hub as being incredibly knowledgeable and willing to help with anything. Learn more about Lena below!
What made you decide to start volunteering at Nourishing Hope?
It was early in the pandemic, and like many people I was looking for a way to help my community. I had volunteered with other food pantries once or twice in the past, but Nourishing Hope was facing high demand and needed volunteers so I signed up for a gleaning shift. Almost four years later, I'm still here!
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Honestly, it's the people. I've gotten to know a lot of the staff and regular volunteers. It's nice to see familiar faces and know that I can help out in a very different way than I do in my day to day life. I can also count on it being a workout, moving boxes and using the pallet jacks.
What do you do for work?
As of this moment, I'm transitioning out of my role running a small business helping issue advocacy and progressive organizations run equitable hiring processes. That's a long way of saying I'm currently gainfully unemployed and exploring what this next phase of life brings.
Any "fun facts?"
People are highly amused by the name of my cat. My last name (and hers) is Tom. Her first name is Phan. Enjoy.
Thank you, Lena, for your dedication and hard work!