PALISADE, Colo. — The Humanists Doing Good volunteer group has spent almost every Friday serving Food Bank of the Rockies as extra sets of hands. While COVID-19 boxed in most opportunities to help out, the Food Bank needed help more than ever.
For this organization, the high hunger relief results are driven by volunteerism.
“From the people handing out the food boxes at our mobile pantries to the groups like Humanists Doing Good that are putting the food in those food boxes, that takes countless hours;” Sue Ellen Rodwick describes, “So many hands, people giving themselves in order to make that happen, so we could not do what we do without volunteers.”
The hours put in impacts the 12 counties of Western Colorado and beyond. Volunteering is more than just giving back, it’s a lifestyle for some people to make productive use of free time.
“You can volunteer alone,” Roxanne Oglesby clarifies, “Doing it as a group gives a lot of our members something to do on Friday that’s good exercise and gives back to the community.”
Volunteers like D. Plunkett enjoy the workout that comes from being a helping hand.
“For me, my motivation to come here to the food bank is physical labor,” D. Plunkett discloses, “It takes place as one of my exercise routines, so that’s great but I come here frequently. Just as long as my schedule is open on a Friday morning, as long as they need the help, I’m willing to do it.”
Committed groups that contribute time and effort to the Food Bank are the backbone for its mission.
Volunteer opportunities for Food Bank of the Rockies are available six days a week.