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Lend a helping hand during National Volunteer Month

Gerry Ashland, Special To AFN
Shari(right) with one of the many clients she serves. 

April is National Volunteer Month. It’s a time for nonprofit organizations to thank the people that help them do the work they need done, and it’s an opportunity to invite more people to become volunteers. 

For some organizations, such as Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA), volunteers are vital for the success of their programs. TCAA needs volunteers to help stock and distribute food at the food pantry, help operate the homeless shelter, and deliver meals to homebound seniors and disabled persons. One such “super volunteer” is Shari Hamblin of Tempe. 

After her retirement, Hamblin initially spent time completing a list of jobs in her home and yard that she had always wanted to get done. But, once those were finished, she decided to look for a way to volunteer.

“I enjoy meeting people,” Hamblin said. “I saw a news story looking for volunteers to drive/deliver meals for Tempe Community Action Agency.”

So, in 2006, Hamblin went to talk with the agency to learn more. A staff member took her along on a meal delivery route. “I enjoyed meeting these clients, mostly elderly, and I decided to volunteer,” she said.

Since then, Hamblin has delivered more than 1,000 nutritious meals to the homebound. She is scheduled to deliver meals to clients once a week, but she also delivers on other days if needed.

“We make sure they get a meal, that they are OK, and we spend a little time talking to them,” Hamblin said. “We probably are the only person they see all day. I try to brighten their day some and I enjoy spending time with them, getting to know them and gaining new friends.”

Her advice to anyone considering volunteer work is to “think of something you really enjoy — like working with older people, children, animals or families in need. Or, perhaps you prefer something behind the scenes. If you do something you enjoy, you’ll find volunteering as a reward, not a job.”

TCAA always needs volunteers, especially during the summer months. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at TCAA, visit http://tempeaction.org/volunteer

• Jan Nicpon is Senior Services Director at Tempe Community Action Agency.

Friday 04/22/2016
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