National Volunteer Week at Gleaners

Volunteer helping at MNMG

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 19-25) Gleaners is celebrating a few of our most dedicated volunteers. Read their stories below and learn about the many ways volunteers help serve our hungry neighbors.

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Gerry’s Tableside Chat: Why Fred Volunteers Daily

Our volunteers put in thousands of hours to help with packing, sorting, distribution deliveries, and more to make sure that our community is fed. In this week’s chat, Gerry introduces us to volunteer Fred Guttman, who comes in nearly every day. Since last September, he’s put in almost 160 volunteer hours, and he’s just getting…

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Detroit Catholic: Local Charities Report Drop-off in Volunteers After Holidays, Ask Catholics to Help During Lent

Gleaners Community Food Bank reports a 15 percent drop in the number of volunteers since Christmas, while Catholic organizations such as All Saints Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and Services Center in Detroit are also urging more people to consider volunteering, especially during weekdays. Denise Leduc, director of community engagement…

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Gleaners’ Distinguished Volunteers

Gleaners Community Food Bank has identified seven individuals to celebrate for their commitment to our organization. We have nominated them as Distinguished Volunteers through the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  Distinguished Volunteers inspire with their passion and motivation and always go the extra mile. Dave VanAsseltIngenious Dave VanAsselt used his expertise in software development to construct…

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Participant to Volunteer: John Miller

John Miller worked for over 20 years as a chef.  He spent time with organizations such as Sodexo, and prepared meals for students at Madonna University.  He loved his work and his field, and he was good at his job. In his 60s, John was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure.  Untreated too long,…

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