October 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!
Groundwork's Local Food Relief Fund Benefits Farmers & Families

When COVID-19 began to shut down Northern Michigan schools and businesses, Groundwork Center quickly organized a fundraiser called the Local Food Relief Fund to allow food distribution centers like Manna to purchase local produce from area farmers.

Watch this video segment (featuring our Executive Director, Kim Baker) to learn more!

Join in on a Letter Drive for Seniors!
Because of the pandemic, most nursing homes and senior living centers have stopped in-person social visits. This means that many of our elders are still isolated, lonely, and going through hardships without support. With the holidays coming up, the situation seems especially glum.

But luckily there's something easy and fun we can all do to make a difference!

Thrive 45 Young Professionals has invited the community to participate in their Heartfelt Holidays Letter Drive, and we thought it would be PERFECT for Manna's volunteer base. From October 13 - November 13, drop off a generic letter or card with a positive message to the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce and make someone smile.
How to participate:

1) Using colorful cards or stationary, write a short, generic** letter or warm message. Make sure it stays positive, supportive, and respectful. 

**It must be generic because we will not be receiving names or addresses for anyone living in the senior centers. Please do not make assumptions of your recipient, such as gender, either. 

2) Place the letter in a blank envelope, unsealed. No stamps are necessary. If you would like your recipient to know who you are, you can include your return address on the envelope. 

3) Drop off your letter(s) at the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce anytime during the workweek (M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) by November 13. The letters will be collected, screened, and counted before being sent to senior living communities. 

4) Spread the word! Get your kids, your coworkers, or your neighbors involved. More letters = more smiles! Let's surpass 1,000!

How amazing is this decorated pumpkin?

Thank you to Bill McMaster and his artist friend for our new workplace centerpiece!
Venison Dinner - October 27
Schedule a pickup at Petoskey Bay View Country Club
This year's "Venison for Manna" Dinner will be featuring Venison Stew! Club member Steve Schuman (pictured) did a "taste test" preview of his recipe for club members at a recent meeting, and was given great reviews!

Due to current Covid Pandemic restrictions, this year's meal is being offered for to-go, "re-heat and eat only." Pick up your stew at the Petoskey Bay View Country Club. Proceeds from the event pay for deer processing costs for hunters who donate their deer to provide meals to those in need.
Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased from any Petoskey Sunrise Rotary Member. Or, you can call Manna's office at 231-347-8852 to purchase your tickets.

Deadline for placing orders is Friday, Oct. 23.

Time for the Time Clock!
Summer is over, fall is here. As we start to welcome back some of our volunteers we haven't seen in a while, now is a perfect time to implement our new volunteer time clock!

The iPad sign-in process will replace our previous paper sign-in sheets and will dramatically reduce the time needed to calculate volunteer hours! We will still be completing COVID-19 screening forms for the time being.

This system uses our new software, Volunteer Impact, and your volunteer usernames. A reference list is provided for your convenience, but staff will assist anyone who needs additional help signing in.
What's cool about this software is that you can personalize your username, sign up for shifts online, and lots more. Download our Volunteer Impact User Guide for a step-by-step guide in creating or modifying your own account. (By the way, if you've volunteered at least once or twice in the last two years, you already have a user name. Contact Jessyca if you need a reminder!)
Service Spotlight:
Norma and Bob Brown

Norma and Bob have been volunteering at Manna for several years. Their interest in Manna began following a presentation by former Executive Director, Kathy Hart. Bob first volunteered through ‘early morning’ food pickup and Tuesday morning pantry distribution. Soon he served on the Board of Directors, later as Vice-Chairman. 

During that period, Norma was envious of his involvement; however, she was still employed as a Financial Director at an area nonprofit. Upon Norma’s retirement, she sought out various area organizations to which she could serve: Monday she was concession volunteer at Lyric Theater, Wednesday she assisted patients at Hiland Cottage and Thursday she went to Manna assisting in anyway needed, most often packing for backpacks. Although Norma has at times aided in shelf stocking and registering consumers on afternoon pantry distribution, she most recently has assisted Amanda with data entry or office projects. Even during this pandemic period, Amanda has called on Norma to help her with data entry projects from home.

Norma and Bob have enjoyed observing the growth and development of the Manna operation through the years. Along with Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, their donor and service interest remains with Manna.

Norma and Bob (a Presbyterian clergy) have been married 51 years. They have two daughters and five young grandchildren. Bob is currently on the Board of Salvation Army. They regret that this pandemic has limited their service as well as their ability to travel to families. The first photo was on a wine tour two years ago, while the second photo was taking during a volunteer appreciate hayride at Bill's Farm Market.

Thank you for your years of service,
Norma and Bob!
Do you know a volunteer that deserves to be recognized? Nominate them for Manna's next Service Spotlight!