Volunteer Junction: July 2018 Ideas and Updates in the Apache Junction Food Bank
Lots to cover for this update: Link2Feed, a big traffic restriction and some good funding news. We need a reply from those helping to put in over 3,200 applications in Link2Feed. Story below.
Good News – AJ City Health and Human Services Commission, City Council Approve $33,000 for AJFB! Click here for details: https://ajnews.com/local-non-profits-receive-78000-in-city-support/ Special thanks to United Food Bank, all the front office staff, our Treasurer Georga Humphreys and the City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney for helping us recover this fund and work out reporting requirements!
Other Grants: We recently received a grant from Albertsons/Safeway and are working with their store managers to come tour and do a photo op. We are working on a couple significant grants for a rehab on the building. If any of you know of a contractor willing to just walk through with us and give us some estimates, that will help with the applications for these funds. They can call me.
Volunteers wanted to give a shout out to Gale for making the new rolling carts we are using on the bottom of stacks of crates now. Makes the job of pushing them through the warehouse so much easier. He is making more – we heard ya and he is making more!
Many of you may know that we are being required to move our client services database to Link2Feed by AZ DES. Unfortunately, it will not sync with the over 16,000 client records. So, each client has been (and will be from now on) asked to fill out a new form. We have already collected over 3,000! United Food Bank spent last Thursday morning training about 12 of our volunteers on how to input them into the new database. We have practiced and now it’s time for us to build our database. Thursday, I meet with UFB and we set that up. So, inputting will begin no later than Monday.
I know several of you that have stepped up but please officially reply to this email and we will get you set up with a logon. There will be computers available in the office for this every hour we have shifts and we can work out arrangements for some of you to sign out forms – practicing confidentiality/extra careful with them – to do from home. That has been a big ask and I understand you can get more done that way. They take about 5 minutes each until you get used to it – it’s not difficult. At this point, we have nearly 300 hours of inputting to do.
The more we get done, the better the next few months will go.
Starting next Thursday and until further notice, front office staff are asking to start at 1 pm to help. This will be very important this fall as we will have longer application times in the front office with our families and that impacts the warehouse.
We go live at the front office with this program on July 26th.
We are very happy to welcome Austin Montigo to our driving team. This brings us to full staffing levels on our transportation/driving team with Dan Rice as Senior Driver, Austin as our other and two part-time assistants on the truck – Ryan Martinez and Dillon McKinster.
Both Ryan and Dillon will still be helping in the warehouse and during the holiday season, they will all be pitching in quite a bit.
SR 88 roundabout work closing Apache Junction intersection for 30 days
The intersection of State Route 88 (Apache Trail) and Superstition Boulevard in Apache Junction will close for 30 days starting Monday, July 9, as the Arizona Department of Transportation constructs a modern roundabout that will enhance safety and increase traffic capacity.
Detour signs will direct drivers around the closure. Alternate routes west of SR 88 and Superstition Boulevard include going north-south on Idaho Road and east-west on Lost Dutchman Boulevard. East of the intersection, Tomahawk Road can take drivers between US 60 and SR 88. An alternative to a traditional intersection using a traffic signal, the modern roundabout scheduled for completion late this summer is designed to accommodate large vehicles and vehicles pulling trailers. The inner circle, known as a truck apron, has additional pavement at the edge that allows larger vehicles to easily maneuver within the roundabout.
We will renew our DreamTeam meetings in August. With Link2Feed priorities and internal staff planning meetings, it won’t be best use of your time and you deserve that. But, please speak to Jim if you have any questions or suggestions.
It is our plan to send this Volunteer Junction communication to our volunteers, board members and staff regularly to share news and give updates about the goings on at the AJFB. Please always feel free to make suggestions and offer ideas. We want to foster a positive volunteer experience through open communication
JoElle Hurns, Executive Director
Apache Junction Food Bank
575 Idaho Rd., Suite 701
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
“Whatever a man has in superabundance is owed, of natural right, to the poor for their sustenance.”
-St Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica