Una Church of Christ is a devoted partner in the fight against hunger here in Nashville. At the church’s food pantry, Una volunteers give out emergency food boxes to neighbors in need every Wednesday, and on every second Friday of the month, they host and operate a Second Harvest Mobile Pantry to give out fresh produce and other staples.
The volunteer group is composed of Una churchgoers of all ages, including many retirees who enjoy spending their days giving back to the local community.
Church camaraderie makes volunteering a social event
Karen Sawyer, the church secretary who is Second Harvest’s main point of contact, says the church’s volunteers are so dedicated because of the camaraderie they have with each other and the connections they’re able to make with the neighbors they serve. She says they enjoy seeing the impact they’re making in the community firsthand.
“Our volunteers are the link that allows us to connect with people,” Karen says. “Volunteering is ageless – it’s timeless!”
Another member of the group, Bill, handles the logistics like calculating how much food they’ll need, setting up the regular distributions and organizing volunteers, who both pack and hand out the food.
Turning concern for neighbors into action
Bill loves to see how enthusiastic people are to give their time helping others. He knows how much concern they have for their neighbors who are at risk of missing meals and appreciates the role they play in making hunger relief possible.
“The most important group is the volunteers,” he says. “It couldn’t be done without them!”
We have so much gratitude for the many people of all ages here in our community who devote their time to providing access to nutritious food. This holiday season, you’re ensuring hungry neighbors are able to celebrate around full tables. Thank you for your commitment to changing lives here in Middle Tennessee!
Are you feeling inspired? Learn how to become a Second Harvest volunteer. Families, individuals, clubs, churches, professional organizations…all are welcome. We even offer light duty opportunities for people who want a less physical volunteer experience.