Volunteer Spotlight: Renee L.

Meet Renee - our spotlighted volunteer of the month. Renee has helped out in a variety of programs at Neighbors. Find out what she has to say about her experience below in our Q & A conversation. Q: What brought you to Neighbors? A: A couple of years ago, I was struggling a lot with [...]

2020-08-03T09:35:03-05:00May 6th, 2019|News, Volunteers|

Thank You Volunteers!

Neighbors, Inc. held its 47th Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in April at Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul. This year's theme was "All-Stars" to recognize the all-star contributions of all of the dedicated volunteers who have given their time and talent to Neighbors over the past year. The following volunteers were recognized [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Steve C.

After retiring, Steve wanted to do something with his time to help others in his community. “You should find something to do when you’re retired and it was important to me to help out in the place I live,” he says. Volunteering at Neighbors was the perfect fit! Since the beginning of the year, Steve [...]

2020-08-03T09:36:25-05:00April 12th, 2019|Volunteers|

Volunteer Spotlight: Volunteer Couples

Volunteer Couples Feel the Love at Neighbors During a recent analysis of our volunteers, we were amazed to discover there are 33 married couples who regularly volunteer their time and talents at Neighbors, Inc. That makes up 16% of our on-going volunteer base. Although the number of volunteer couples at Neighbors is amazing, it [...]

2020-08-03T09:42:36-05:00February 13th, 2019|News, Volunteers|

Volunteer Spotlight: Maria

As a member of the Neighbors Welcome Center volunteer team, Maria is devoted to assisting clients, helping with donations and keeping the front desk area – including the bakery shelf and waiting room – “clean and tidy” for all our visitors. She takes pride in providing a good “first impression.” Maria came to Neighbors as [...]

2019-01-22T09:01:24-06:00January 22nd, 2019|Communities, News, Volunteering, Volunteers|

Volunteer Spotlight: Susan J.

December’s volunteer spotlight is Susan, one of our dedicated Holiday Gift Program volunteers. Susan works hard to make sure all of the families seeking holiday gift assistance have warm winter gear and clothing for their children. “I have enjoyed all of the aspects of (my) volunteering but it is especially rewarding to help with the [...]

2020-08-03T09:47:24-05:00December 11th, 2018|Holiday Programs, Volunteers|

Volunteer Spotlight: Jessica H.

Jessica became involved with the Neighbors’ Come As You Are program in her early 20’s when she began taking her younger brother to the bi-monthly events. She quickly transitioned from attendee to helping out as a volunteer and now she leads the events. Working alongside the Volunteer Department at Neighbors, Jessica helps coordinate the programs [...]

2020-08-03T09:52:12-05:00October 11th, 2018|Come As You Are (CAYA), Programs, Volunteers|

Volunteer Spotlight: TESA Group

Students who are enrolled in the District 917 TESA (Transitional Education Service Alternative Program) program have been volunteering at the Neighbors food shelf since September 2016. Originally placed by VolunteerMatch, students in the TESA group acquire valuable volunteer experience on a weekly basis. TESA’s post high school program also gives students with disabilities between 18 [...]

2020-08-03T09:54:41-05:00September 11th, 2018|Food Shelf, Volunteers|

Volunteer Spotlight: Elise H.

A regular Neighbors Clothes Closet and Event Department Volunteer, Elise, recently also joined the team of volunteers that pick up extra produce at local Farmer’s Markets. Since she volunteers in a variety of ways for Neighbors, we wanted to ask her about her experiences. Q: What brought you to Neighbors? A: I remember my aunt [...]

2020-08-03T09:56:18-05:00August 23rd, 2018|Clothes Closet, Volunteers|

Volunteer Spotlight: Virginia B.

Virginia has been an avid volunteer at Neighbors since 2012 when she responded to the agency’s plea for volunteers in a community newspaper. She considers it a privilege to be among the first volunteers to work at the agency’s Grand Avenue building in South Saint Paul. Previously, the agency was housed at another location. Neighbors is [...]

2020-08-06T14:48:24-05:00June 18th, 2018|Clothes Closet, Volunteers|

Volunteer Spotlight: Phil N.

Phil N. is an active volunteer transportation driver for Neighbors, Inc. with compassion for others. Initially recruited by a Neighbors’ staff member for the role while he was already a Neighbors’ food shelf volunteer, he transitioned into volunteer driving to transport residents of northern Dakota County to medical and dental appointments. He currently provides 2-3 [...]

2020-08-06T14:50:20-05:00May 21st, 2018|Programs, Volunteers|

And the award goes to…Volunteers!

Neighbors, Inc. held its 46th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, April 19, 2018. This Oscars-themed celebration recognized the contributions of all Neighbors volunteers over the last year. The following individuals, organizations and programs were recognized for their outstanding volunteer performance and dedication to the mission of Neighbors: Marilyn Erickson – Empowerment Michaela Vondrum – [...]

2020-08-06T15:40:30-05:00April 20th, 2018|News, Volunteers|

Volunteer Spotlight: Donation Pick-Up

Mike, Tom, Dave and Howard are a small, but dedicated group of volunteers that provide an important service for Neighbors’ food shelf: donation pick-up. Since our donations are many and we are few, Neighbors relies on volunteers to help us retrieve, load and deliver some of the donations we get from our local food partners. [...]

2020-08-06T15:46:40-05:00April 16th, 2018|Food Shelf, Volunteers|

And the Food Fight winner is…

Cherokee Tavern! Congratulations to the Saint Joe's Burger at Cherokee Tavern for being voted this year's best burger in the 2018 Great Neighbors' Food Fight restaurant competition and fundraiser. A special thank you to all of the participating restaurants who generously donated their delicious burgers for the competition. 

2018 Food Fight Blog: Classic Cheeseburger

It's the final burger report of the 2018 Food Fight! Travis' last stop took him to Perkins in West St. Paul for their Classic Cheeseburger, and here's what he had to say: "I didn’t know what to expect from Perkins. I always think of them for good breakfast, but have never tried a burger from [...]

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