Second Harvest’s Annual Volunteer Luncheon is one of our favorite events of the year because it brings everyone together and provides an opportunity to show how much we appreciate all of our exceptional volunteers.
Over 100 people attended the luncheon, which took place on Friday, May 2nd at our Watsonville facility. The warehouse was all spruced up with brightly colored tablecloths, yellow tulips and lilies. Guests mingled and talked with old friends as they munched on fresh fruit before lunch.
AmericCorp volunteers, Annie Condon and Kristal Caballero began the festivities with an a cappella song. They were followed by Second Harvest CEO, Willy Elliott-McCrea, who welcomed everyone and spoke for several minutes about the myriad ways our volunteers help both at our facility and all around Santa Cruz County. Then, each of Second Harvest’s managers took a few moments to recognize the specific contributions of their volunteers.
Did you know that last year our volunteers donated over 55,000 hours of time? That’s equal to 26 full time employees. These volunteers help out in the warehouse, in our offices, and in the community. They volunteer with non-profits and churches with food distribution programs as well as direct food distribution locations. They help at events and participate in peer education programs.
Second Harvest’s volunteers are a very special group of people—some of them have been volunteering with us for decades! Here’s what several of them have to say about why they volunteer.
Thanks to all the volunteers for the hard work they put into make our community healthier. We really couldn’t do it without you!