Vineyard Community Services values its volunteers so much and we are always looking for ways to show them how grateful we are for their commitment to serve our community.
Here are some stories from our volunteers…
“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.” Volunteering is more than bagging groceries. It’s more than giving a quick smile and saying hi. Volunteering is showing love through an act of kindness. It’s showing our neighbors that during hard times, they are not standing alone. Someone cares. Someone offers support. And while things are being worked out, you have someone with you to help. Volunteering means offering your time to hear how someone is doing, offering a hug, and proof that we are going to be okay. We aren’t just a bunch of people that live in the same are. We are neighbors and we take care of each other.
Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf Volunteer
Before I had the opportunity to work at Vineyard Community Services (VCS) and Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf (FOTV) my service in the community was very minimal. I guess that seems really sad to me now, because I grew up hearing how I was supposed to love my neighbor, feed the poor, visit the prisoners etc… The truth is that even though I grew up in the church I really never served anyone but myself and my church friends and family. When I started serving at the food shelf it felt so good to be doing what Jesus asked me to do. It wasn’t hard, all I had to do was show up. The needy were already there. I was able to be a part of the process that fed them and their families physically but more importantly I was able to listen to their stories, cry with them, and witness an unexplainable peace and joy come over many of them as I lifted them up with prayers that fed them spiritually too.
It’s funny how when you finally make the “sacrifice” to go and serve your community with your precious time and in the end you are the one that gets blessed.
I love to volunteer because it’s fun helping others. I can work around my schedule and it’s great exercise. I am an 80 year old helping other 80 year olds, if I can do it you can do it!