January 2020
This is your source for volunteer news, program updates, opportunities, and events. Best of all, it's where we can highlight YOU, and the amazing work Manna volunteers accomplish!
2019 Volunteer Stats

Over 800 different people in our community of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels volunteered their time at Manna Food Project this year. Here are some more amazing facts!
New Year, New Faces!
Meet Heather (left)
Heather started in November and helps with office work and food pantry shopping.

Meet Jen (middle):
Jen started the week of Thanksgiving and helps with stocking shelves, food pantry, and food rescue.

Meet Mary (right):
Mary heard about Manna through her friend Linda, another volunteer. She helps with our food pantry on Tuesdays.


Welcome to Manna! 2020 is going to be a wonderful year.
Do you know someone who would make a great volunteer?

Show them this article about the benefits of volunteering, and why caring for your community helps you live longer.
Make a Better Impact with Manna's new volunteer software
Better Impact is a web-based volunteer database software that allows for self-scheduling, tracking, and reporting of volunteer hours. Manna implemented this software into its programming November 2019, and we are gradually rolling it out over the next few weeks.

Why are we using this software? Here are some benefits you might discover: 

  • Convenient online scheduling for volunteer shifts
  • Easy-to-track volunteer hours and print personal reports
  • Super quick, touch-and-go sign-in process
  • Optional email or text reminders for upcoming shifts
  • Centralized place for document access, like waivers, manuals, and instructions
  • Training modules, videos, and support available 24/7

Go to www.mannafoodproject.org and click on "Volunteer Login" under the VOLUNTEER menu tab to get started. If you didn't already receive an email with your username and password, start a new application. If you're unsure, contact me.

I'm prepared to answer all your questions! Shoot me an email or call our office at 231.347.8852. I can even guide you through the program in person just let me know!
Service Spotlight:
Judy and Bill Goldsmith

Judy and Bill have two of the most familiar faces at Manna. You can normally find them on Tuesday mornings: Judy in the repack room preparing fresh produce and bread, and Bill either taking food out to cars, assembling backpacks, or delivering backpacks to area schools.

They also enjoy helping us out with events and fundraisers. The photo above was taken at this year's "Golf Fore Manna" Charity Outing at the Country Club of Boyne. From serving on Manna's Golf Committee to assisting with Empty Bowls, these two stay busy!

Native to the area, the couple currently lives in Petoskey. They incorporated Goldsmith Well Drilling in 1992, which they recently sold in their retirement. Both are highly involved in our community; Bill is a member of the Petoskey Sunrise Rotary, and Judy is part of the Little Traverse Bay Quilters Guild. This year, they were also recognized by Emmet County 4-H with the “Friend of 4-H” award.

The Goldsmiths have volunteered at Manna since 2013 and put in hundreds of hours each year. In fact, Judy has the third-highest recorded volunteer hours this year, almost 250!
Thank you both for your
dedicated service!

Do you know a volunteer who deserves to be recognized? Contact Jessyca about including them in next month's Service Spotlight!