Volunteer Highlight: Robin Andrews
Two years ago when Robin moved to Middleton from Tucson, Arizona, she knew exactly what she was looking for in a volunteer experience. “My goal was to surround myself with goodness—good people who were making a positive difference in the community,” Robin said. After all, Robin had spent much of her life working in the FBI, with violent crimes and crimes against children. Through this work, she saw some of the worst of humanity. When she retired, she began volunteering at a food pantry in Tucson—and she wanted to continue that work in Wisconsin.
From the beginning, Robin knew that Middleton Outreach Ministry was a good fit for her. “I’ve met so many caring, hard-working volunteers and staff members. It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience,” Robin said. “I love seeing how everyone helps one another.”
Robin started her volunteer work by stocking the freezer and fridge and sorting produce. When COVID hit last March, everything changed. Robin decided right away she wanted to continue volunteering during the pandemic. Although she misses the personal touch, she feels like the new system keeps everyone safe. “The staff did such a good job of transitioning to a new system,” Robin said. “It took a lot of thought and planning to continue to get food to clients.”
Now Robin fills a number of different rolls in the pantry. Sometimes she goes to the car to hand the client a menu to select food. Other times she fills the bags based on what a family has chosen—canned goods, produce, bread, diapers, tampons, detergent and other important items. “Every day is a little different—and I love that,” Robin says.
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