|Honoree’s Name: Lisa Goldsberry
Award Category: Hunger & Homelessness
Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:
When the pandemic hit, and SOS lost the great majority of our volunteer base, Lisa Goldsberry was one of the first who stepped in to fill the void. At a time when volunteer roles in many nonprofits were shut down due to the pandemic, SOS was committed to staying open, to continue to serve the most vulnerable in our community with health care and meeting basic needs. With most existing SOS volunteers falling within high-risk categories for COVID-19, SOS reached out to recruit a new volunteers to continue food pantry services.
Lisa immediately joined the volunteer team, in April 2020, bringing with her a positive attitude, willing to help in whatever way she could. Lisa was used to volunteering throughout the community, and when her other volunteer roles closed, she looked around, and, as she explains, thought, “Where is help needed? With food! SOS needs me!” She immediately stepped up to the plate, taking on responsibilities when staffing was short and stretched thin. From thoughtful measures, like bringing homemade masks for everyone, to providing connections to outside resources, Lisa takes initiative – and knows what she’s doing.
Lisa is the “go and do extra” volunteer. Currently she assists in the food pantry, jumping in to help with a wide variety of tasks. Ask a co-worker, and you’d hear Lisa described as dependable, responsible, flexible, and fun to be around. Clients, volunteers and staff appreciate her talent, but also her commitment to do a good job always. As one staff member put it, “She owns it.”
It is Lisa’s positive attitude and willingness to help that makes her stand out during this difficult time for our community. SOS is proud to recognize Lisa as one of our outstanding volunteers.
Honoree’s Name: Annette Kennedy
Award Category: Public Health & Safety
Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:
Annette Kennedy joined Share Our Selves (SOS) in the middle of the COVID-19 shutdown, June, 2021. SOS has been determined to remain open through the pandemic to continue to serve the most vulnerable in our community, and Annette quickly become one of the essential workers SOS could rely on-a most exceptional volunteer!
Annette enthusiastically joined the team, eager to use her spare time to help. “I wanted to volunteer someplace in person, but also someplace very safe. I saw a real need at SOS, and I wanted to pitch in where I could.”
To say Annette “pitched-in” would be an understatement. Where there is a need, she is there to meet it! Annette assists with sorting and packing groceries each week, but her role has grown to assist throughout the department, helping to organize the myriad of in-kind donations SOS receives each day. Her organizational skills are amazing, and so appreciated by the staff, volunteers and clients. Annette takes the initiative to jump in wherever there is a need, solving problems, making valuable suggestions with great ideas, and making life so much easier for everyone around her.
Most recently, Annette has added the additional responsibility to serve clients directly at the front desk, distributing food and directing clients to resources. Clients find her energy and positive attitude a welcome greeting, and especially appreciate her willingness to go the extra mile to meet their individual needs.
As one staff member described Annette’s service, “She is an amazing volunteer, always willing to help staff and other volunteers wherever needed. It’s always a pleasure to have her onsite.”
Annette serves tirelessly, donating countless hours to make everyone else’s job easier. Truly service is in her heart, and SOS is lucky to have her!