Volunteer Junction: March 2018 Ideas and Updates in the Apache Junction Food Bank
Good News – Renaissance Fair Food Drive March 21-April 1 – for AJFB
Lady Gwendolyn of The Gwendolyn Show, left, and Agnes Boddington of the Fairhaven Morris Dancers, right, posed with AJ Food Bank volunteer and former board member Ben Fellows when the Arizona Renaissance Festival entertainers stopped in to promote their event.
Food Donations = Free Admission to AZ Renaissance Festival
Kids can get free tickets for the popular and entertaining 30th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival on its last weekend – March 31-April 1 – thanks to a promotion that will benefit the Apache Junction Food Bank.
Just bring three cans of unexpired food for each child ages 5-12 and they can enter the medieval event for free – a $16 value. Cans of food or a combination of boxes of a nonperishable item such as pasta, cereal or crackers count toward a free youth ticket.
Don’t miss trumpets blaring and being transported back in time with an amusement park, a 13-stage theater, a 30-acre circus, arts and crafts, jousting tournaments, food vendors serving up medieval fare and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans showing unique, handmade wares. Gates open at 10 a.m. at the Ren Fest village off U.S. 60 in Gold Canyon. www.RenFestinfo.com.
Can you give one morning a month to help feed area seniors who live in poverty?
It’s our mission – the state is giving the AJFB the Senior Commodities Food Program. We have been a host site every third Thursday a month for a long time. Hours runs from about 7 am to noon. With volunteers like Amy Combs and you, we can we take responsibility for the program. Training is at 10 am next Thursday, March 22 in the county facilities bldg. behind our truck area – Suite 800.
Generally, we will be shown how to do paperwork for client intake (similar requirements to ours), keep records and distributing food. The latter part we have already been doing. We need six people total to help with this activity monthly, so we would like to get a dozen volunteers trained alongside staff. Please respond with a return email or let us know if you can commit. If you want to help, but can’t make training, we can work that out. Let us know if you can be part of the group that helps these folks get good they need.
We are so pleased to announce that the Food Bank now has an endowment fund. Click here for the details from the AJ Independent.
Meetings are with longtime volunteers and team leaders about ways in which we can improve our recruitment, training, retention and just how to have more fun are taking place regularly. Any volunteer is welcome to participate. Please see Jim or Jo if you are interested.
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