Manna gives thanks!
Manna on Main Street hosts annual volunteer recognition event
About a year ago, shortly after Manna on Main moved to its new location at 713 W. Main St., the organization asked for volunteers to answer the phone.
Dee Boginsky, a volunteer with a professional background in customer service and sales, called the task a SHUIHFW fiW.
From 1 to 5 p.m. every Thursday, the Lansdale resident answers calls from clients, potential clients and people seeking assistance for a multitude of issues.
Boginsky said some are looking for information, and others seem desperate to keep their electricity on.
“We don’t ever turn anyone away,” she said. “Even if people are calling from outside our region, I always make sure to point them in the right direction.”
Boginsky, who retired after 41 years working for Verizon, has been volunteering at Manna for 18 months.
“I just love helping people,” she said.
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As a pharmacist in the North Penn region, DeSipio said he liked chatting with customers.
For three-and-a-half hours each week, the West Norriton resident helps organize the pantry.
“I like talking to clients,” said DeSipio, a former Lansdale resident. “I like hearing their stories, and I like helping them out.”
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According to O’Neill, the recent sale of a business that she and her husband had owned put the Souderton resident in a position where she doesn’t have to work.
So she spends three hours a week helping to organize the pantry.
“It feels good helping others,” O’Neill said. “As far as I’m concerned, we’ve got to watch out for each other. And that way we’ll all be able to get through some tough times.”
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Between 700 and 800 volunteers who worked for the nRnSURfiW UHFHLYHG Dn LnYLWDtion, according to Anthony Tarzia, its volunteer coordinator.
“We’re thanking the volunteers for what they do,” he said.
The tasks completed by Manna volunteers cover a wide gamut, according to Neiger Gould. She said they include administrative duties, data entry, reception, stocking and sorting food, serving food to clients, preparing food and washing dishes.
“There’s no way we could keep the doors open without them,” Gould said. “They keep this place going.”
The volunteers come from municipalities throughout Montgomery County and beyond, according to Scott Lukens, Manna’s building assistant.
He said they include people of all ages, stations and often include youth and high school sports teams.
Above, Events and Food Outreach Manager Julie McCabe, left, and assistant case manager Teri Martin plate fresh pretzels.