Volunteer Junction: November 2017 Ideas and Updates in the Apache Junction Food Bank
Good News – Walmart Gives $8,200 to AJ Food Bank
Walmarts in the East Valley are donating huge to the Apache Junction Food Bank. The Mesa super store on Signal Butte and the Apache Junction super store on Apache Trail have each awarded $2,500 to the non-profit, which feeds over 40,000 area residents annually.
Pictured from left, Bob Mohle, AJ Food Bank Managing Director,
Jeff Rowland, Walmart General Manager and new AJ Food Bank Board Member,
Lisa Morrison, Walmart Shift Manager and Holly Heman,
Walmart Department Manager pose for a quick picture yesterday to
commemorate the retail giant’s gifts to the Food Bank.
Mohle was at the Signal Butte store picking up turkeys, hams and chickens to
give families for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Three other stores including two in Queen Creek and one in Mesa have collectively given another $3,200 all through one of the Walmart Foundation Community Grants programs.
Jeff Rowland, Store Manager of the Signal Butte store, became a crusader of the Food Bank recently making it a personal goal to rally every corporate giving strategy available in support of the food bank.
Through his efforts, he has raised the grant dollars, secured hundreds of volunteer hours from store associates and has shone a light on the over 200,000 pounds of food Walmart has given to the AJ Food Bank the first ten months of 2017.
Volunteer Appreciation – Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 4th for the Volunteer Appreciation event to be held at the Superstition State Park. If you have any ideas or suggestions about the event, please see Jo Hurns, the Executive Director. Or email her at email@example.com.
Also, input is always welcome on the activities of the Food Bank including Thanksgiving and Christmas giving. Because she is new, how these holidays were managed and how we can improve them are essential for her to understand. Please chat with her if you have suggestions or historic information.
Parade of Lights – We need help for this fun event sponsored by the City of Apache Junction and managed by Parks and Recreation. The AJ Food Bank will have our truck in the Parade of Lights on Saturday evening, December 2. We need volunteers to help us decorate the truck and participate in the parade. In addition, the City is collecting non-perishable food items for us during the activities held that day. A flyer from the City is attached.
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