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Celebrating our Volunteers :: McKenzie Towne

Celebrating our Volunteers :: McKenzie Towne

 

This week is National Volunteer Week (April 19th – 25th, 2020)! Join us as we celebrate the incredible people who choose to take time out of their lives to volunteer with us. To ALL of our volunteers – we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

 

McKenzie Towne

 

Two years ago this week the Mackenzie Towne Revera Retirement Residence became a part of the BB4CK Family. Under the leadership of staff member Diane; Audrey, Mitsy, Ann and Florence began making lunches every Monday and Wednesday morning for a local school.

Each of the ladies has their own special role in the lunch making process and when Audrey is on sandwiches, weather it be pea butter and jelly or mayo for the Turkey, she makes sure the spread gets all the way to the crusts to ensure the kids will eat them!

This group loves adding a special message to their lunches often by writing messages to students like “put on a happy face 😊” on bananas! The Mackenzie Residence has been one of the hardest hit in our province by Covid-19 and our special message to these amazing volunteers is that we are thinking of you all every day and sending our well wishes as well as our condolences to you all during this time.

We hope that in this time you are still able to “put on a happy face” knowing all the many children you touched through your volunteer time with BB4CK. We look forward to visiting and working with you again soon.

 

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Celebrating our Volunteers :: Marilyn Jorgensen, Core Kitchen Volunteer

Celebrating our Volunteers :: Marilyn Jorgensen, Core Kitchen Volunteer

 

This week is National Volunteer Week (April 19th – 25th, 2020)! Join us as we celebrate the incredible people who choose to take time out of their lives to volunteer with us. To ALL of our volunteers – we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

 

Marilyn Jorgensen – A BB4CK Core Kitchen Volunteer

 

Marilyn started as a Core Kitchen volunteer with BB4CK in January 2018, and volunteers in the kitchen two mornings a week. A day in the kitchen “usually begins with helping to make the hundreds of sandwiches that will be delivered out to the schools that day, then on to snacks which consist of fruit, vegetables, and often an assortment of fresh baked muffins and cookies. And of course, there are dishes to be done and clean-up before we leave. It’s a busy, fun morning which goes quickly, with a lot getting done by a great group of volunteers and staff in just a few hours.

After a career and raising a family, she knew that when she retired, she wanted to volunteer. She had always planned to be able to give of her time and to give back. She discovered BB4CK on line and was very interested.It seemed to be just what I was looking for and it has not disappointed! What struck me from the very beginning was the incredible need for this organization in Calgary. The fact that thousands of children in this city have no lunch on a daily basis was heartbreaking. I am grateful that in some small way I can help to bring not only a sandwich, but a smile to a child’s day. I know that for some of them, this may be their only food all day,” says Marilyn.

Marilyn’s favorite part of volunteering? It’s fun! There are fellow volunteers to laugh and chat with and a dedicated staff that never fail to make her feel appreciated.

I am sad that due to Covid-19 the BB4CK kitchen is closed and the children are not in school,” writes Marilyn; But that does not mean they are not still hungry. I am grateful that the amazing staff at BB4CK are working hard to come up with alternatives and some restaurants have come forward to help feed Calgary’s children. I know we will come through this and I look forward to the day we will be back making lunches! 

We are so fortunate to have volunteers like Marilyn who are inspired to take meaningful action to help feed Calgary’s kids. We couldn’t do what we do, without you! 

 

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Celebrating our Volunteers :: Keith Wedin, Valerie MacLean & Lisa Andrews, Delivery Drivers

Celebrating our Volunteers :: Keith Wedin, Valerie MacLean & Lisa Andrews, Delivery Drivers

 

This week is National Volunteer Week (April 19th – 25th, 2020)! Join us as we celebrate the incredible people who choose to take time out of their lives to volunteer with us. To ALL of our volunteers – we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

 

 

Keith Wedin – A BB4CK Delivery Driver 

 

Keith started as a delivery driver in August of  2019, and then shortly after that worked in the kitchen in the floater role. He regularly volunteers in both the floater and delivery driver roles, and has been an incredible supporter of BB4CK operations, often stepping in in times of increased need and at the last minute. 

Keith and his wife started donating to BB4CK in 2016 as a way to give back to the community. He was laid off in July of 2019 and started to volunteer in August.   

He loves the thought of helping in the community, and when he found out that 4000 plus kids everyday may go without lunch, especially in city like Calgary, it came as a shock. We are blessed and fortunately I have the time to volunteer 3 to 4 days a week,” says Keith.

What does Keith love about volunteering for BB4CK? “I love all the people that work and volunteer for BB4CK,” he notes. Everyone I have met, whether in the kitchen, other drivers, or all the administrators in the schools are all extremely friendly, happy to see you and very grateful.  It is a great way to start the day and really in the end, we are providing needed lunches to kids across Calgary. 

We are so fortunate to have volunteers like Keith who are inspired to take meaningful action to help feed Calgary’s kids. We couldn’t do what we do, without you! 

 

 

 

Valerie MacLean and Lisa Andrews – BB4CK Delivery Drivers

 

Val and Lisa have delivered lunches (with a side of love) to schools every Tuesday for the past three years. They learned about BB4CK through Mealshare(https://mealshare.ca/en/) and their brilliant vision to end youth hunger. Sadly, with this climate, they have seen the numbers of kids needing lunches keep climbing.  

Val and Lisa volunteer with BB4CK because they are feeding hungry kids. That’s huge, it impacts you, you feel it in your heart,” say Val and Lisa. We benefit more than the kids! 

Their favourite part of volunteering is that they turn their driving time into social time, followed by lunch afterwards; “we used to go months without seeing each other, and now we get the pleasure of visiting every single week. 

Val and Lisa say one thing they’ve noticed over their years of volunteering is that “there is a special energy as you walk down the hallway, and it just opens up into the kitchen. We love the bright colored walls, bustling volunteers, and the delicious black bean brownies! 

We are so fortunate to have volunteers like Val and Lisa who are inspired to take meaningful action to help feed Calgary’s kids. We couldn’t do what we do, without you! 

 

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Celebrating our Volunteers :: Sydney and Mary Lee Novecosky, Pre-Pack Volunteers

Celebrating our Volunteers :: Sydney and Mary Lee Novecosky, Pre-Pack Volunteers

 

This week is National Volunteer Week (April 19th – 25th, 2020)! Join us as we celebrate the incredible people who choose to take time out of their lives to volunteer with us. To ALL of our volunteers – we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

 

Sydney and Mary Lee Novecosky – BB4CK Pre-Pack Volunteers 

 

Sydney and her mother, Mary Lee, volunteer on Wednesday mornings as part of the pre-packing team getting each school’s bins established with fruit, veggies and snacks before the sandwiches are added and sent out. They organize and make sure there is the right amount of snacks, fruits and vegetables in each order placed. They have been volunteering since December 2019, and Sydney says “I have been enjoying every moment.” 

The Novecosky family learned about BB4CK about 10 years ago when their kids were in elementary school. Mary Lee notes, “when we heard about the organization, we found that it was a charity that our kids could relate to and they wanted to help out in some way.Sydney decided to collect donations for her birthday in lieu of receiving presents from friends and family, and donated the money to BB4CK. Over the years they tried to donate whenever they could as they know how important this charity is in helping so many kids and families. Sydney chose BB4CK because shehad researched all about what they did, and wanted to join the BB4CK community as she thought it was just an amazing organization. She also thought it was very fitting that she chose to support BB4CK as she was also a kid, and seeing how kids her age were not fortunate to have their own lunch encouraged her to help.  

Sydney and Mary Lee love volunteering with BB4CK! Mary Lee enjoys volunteering “because I know that it is directly and immediately helping kids in our city that are in need. I am able to volunteer my time around my work schedule and I leave the kitchen feeling fulfilled that I have helped a great cause in some small way. As I am packing the bins, I think about the kids receiving lunches that day and especially when the kitchen has prepared special baking for Christmas or Valentine’s Day, for example, that will especially brighten their day.” Sydney loves volunteering because she wanted to be a part of a community that gives back and makes a difference in people’s lives, especially kids her own age. 

Sydney’s favourite part of volunteering with BB4CK “would have to be the people. They are such a great group to work with and are all motivated to give back. We all put on some music in the kitchen and are moving to the music while everyone is at their stations. Everyone is smiling and having a good time even though its 6:30 in the morning. The whole place is filled with positive energy and everyone is so friendly and welcoming.” Mary Lee echoes her daughter’s sentiments, adding “everyone is there because they want to be, and they are fun to be with. The vibe in the early morning is very positive, a very inviting atmosphere and it is a great way to start the day. I really enjoy sharing this time with my teenage daughter, Sydney, and getting to know the other lovely volunteers as well. Kimberly is a delight, and always so cheerful. The best time of the morning is when she arrives and gets us energized with music and laughter. The kitchen gets pretty busy after that! 

We are so fortunate to have volunteers like Sydney and Mary Lee who are inspired to take meaningful action to help feed Calgary’s kids. We couldn’t do what we do, without you! 

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Celebrating our Volunteers :: Community Groups

Celebrating our Volunteers :: Community Groups

 

This week is National Volunteer Week (April 19th – 25th, 2020)! Join us as we celebrate the incredible people who choose to take time out of their lives to volunteer with us. To ALL of our volunteers – we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

 

Grace Presbyterian Community Group

 

“I am a senior who has always been involved in volunteering in some way. When I heard that the church across the street from me had offered their great kitchen to the BB4CK group I jumped right in and offered to be an organizer to get this started.

I only needed to mention this to other seniors in my building and we had 7 volunteers. We have been doing this for a year now. We make 120 lunches every Thursday for a school in Ramsay and have a lot of fun making this happen. Every lunch is put together with lots of love and makes our hearts sing.

A perfect way to start a day!!!”

– Carol, Volunteer at Grace Presbyterian Community Group

 

 

 

St. Patrick’s Church Community Group

 

“As I volunteered with my office colleague the seed was planted in my mind and in my heart as to how big a need there is in Calgary. It was timely that I was getting ready for retirement and knew that taking on this project would fill that void that many feel when they first retire.

So I got into action connecting with the BB4CK coordinator, the Parish Pastor, Alberta Health Services, and the parish to get volunteers. We have enough volunteers to serve all the schools in our neighbourhood but we chose to start small and only take care of one school. Next was the funding for this initiative. We went ahead and had a parish wide ‘snack drive’ and a ‘Valentine Dinner Dance’ fundraiser.

Both were a huge success and in 3 months we had enough expand to take on more schools wherever there was a need. At St. Patrick’s Church we are committed to serving our community and to making a difference by feeding one child at a time!”

– Ophelia, Volunteer at St. Patrick’s Church Community Group

 

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