This April has seen triple the number of clients turning to us for help. In fact, I heard this morning on NPR that 70% of people turning to nonprofits for assistance have never had to do so before.
In addition to our food pantry volunteers, our volunteer advocates are working from home, helping our clients overcome financial problems with rent, heat, Eversource, National Grid, vehicle repairs, vehicle insurance, medical costs and gas. They are a source of immediate assistance and comfort to people who are frightened and need help signing up for SNAP or applying for unemployment or MassHealth.
Our volunteer board of directors plays a vital role in everything we do. They are ambassadors for our organization. They roll up their sleeves and work along side the rest of us. Their contributions are essential.
We are proud of our volunteers, truly exceptional people. They make it all work. As soon as the clouds lift we will have a belated but heart felt Volunteer Celebration.