Written by Rotaract Treasurer, Dan Snyder
Saturday February 15th marked our first volunteer activity without our fearless leader, Jerry. Jerry’s sudden passing was and is such a great loss and brings great sorrow to our whole group. We lost a great President and more importantly, a close friend. It was great to see how many current members and prospective members came out to help the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry. It was a great way to honor Jerry, since the food pantry was one of his favorite places to volunteer.
The Food Pantry is a great place to spend a couple of hours volunteering. What makes it so great, you ask? Well, you can not only help a lot of people in need, but have fun doing it as well. The Food Pantry is very conducive to working as a large group which allows everyone to interact and enjoy each other’s company.
The Food Pantry is always looking for help because they are constantly getting in shipments of food that needs to be sorted and sometimes repackaged, before being placed on the shelves. This past volunteer session we were able to accomplish a lot because we had such a good turnout of volunteers. We organized and repackaged cereal before rearranging the shelf so families could find what they needed more easily. We repackaged a large amount of yogurt and stocked the aisles. We helped break down boxes and move heavy pallets to make room for the next shipment. We even helped move some of the shelving to provide more space for future shipments.
The Oshkosh Area Community Pantry is a wonderful organization that helps a lot of people who are struggling to feed their families. The community needs places like this to help those in need and they need volunteers to make sure things stay running smoothly. Rotaract Oshkosh is honored to help the community by providing service to places like the Food Pantry. It is a great way to keep Jerry’s philanthropic spirit alive and to keep the great memories we have of him in our hearts.