9. I’d like to learn more about your involvement in this organization by asking four questions:
First, describe the leadership role that you play within the organization.
It’s not a leadership role. There are a lot of older ladies there, and I joke around with them a lot. I enjoy this aspect of Interfaith and have no desire to assume a leadership role.
Second, in what ways do you believe you have most helped the organization?
I do a lot of the heavy work that many older folks can’t do. The process involves spending two hours getting food in the cooler organized. The volunteers are primarily ladies, and they are very good at sorting food. Before we open our doors, the boxes of food have been brought out from the cooler and put on the line. It’s heavy work, and that’s why I get so tired doing it. Because I’m a regular and know just what to do, my role would be tough to fill because of its physical demands.
Third, as you think back over your involvement in the organization, what roadblocks have been most challenging?
There are things about the organization that are comical rather than challenging. For example, so many bosses and people shouting, “Can you do this? Can you do that?” We’re running all over the place, and its challenging but enjoyable and I laugh about it. Because it’s so low-key, I have no responsibility other than getting food out, and that’s good energy. You take out a bag of food and see people there, some of them with kids. Then you go and get them a treat or more food. If folks are new, we’ll give them extra food to tide them over until they become regulars. There’s some paperwork involved that is pretty minute, but the volunteers out front take care of that and develop a ticket for the order that we fulfill.Download Article 1K Club