Posted 7:23 AM 6/4/2013 : Outgoing snowbirds leave Green Valley orgs needing help
GREEN VALLEY, Ariz.- Volunteers are always hard at work at the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank.
But during the summer months, they work over time to meet the need. "It starts to happen at the end of April, through May," says Volunteer Coordinator Debby Acuna. "Some people hang in there until June, but it's already over 100 degrees."
Acuna says currently there are about 300 volunteers on the food bank's roster. Once summer hits, they lose 22-24%. Acuna says it's not just snowbirds. "People take vacations, their grandchildren are graduating, there are weddings in the family," Acuna says. "So we do have a lot of shorter term absences as well."
But the demand for food doesn't go away, so now they're searching for new summer volunteers. "We have warehouse positions, truck drivers, shoppers who assist clients in picking the appropriate amount of food," Acuna says.
Just a few miles away, "Friends in Deed" located at 301 W. Camino Casa Verde, also feels the pain from the "snowbird exodus".
"We have about 92 drivers during the winter and we lose about a third of them in the summer," says Operations Director Lisa Coker.
"Friends in Deed" loans out medical equipment and provides transportation to and from doctors appointments. "So because of the nature of what we do, our clients aren't leaving in the summer because they don't go north, or they can't drive," Coker says.
They do whatever it takes to serve everyone. "I mean we have our board members stepping up and filling in spots," Coker says.
But both organizations say a little help from outside will go a long way this summer.
To learn more about how you can volunteer at the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank, head to www.communityfoodbank.com/get-involved/green-valley/
You can also email: email@example.com
To learn more about how you can volunteer at "Friends in Deed" head to www.fid-gv.org/uploads/FRIENDS_IN_DEED_VOLUNTEER_APPLICATION_022012.pdf
You can also email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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