Volunteer Spotlight: Deb and Jud Carver
In 2017, when Deb Carver began considering how she would like to spend her time—especially with retirement ahead, she thought of MOM. Deb loves volunteering and wanted to give back to the community. She had attended MOM’s Holiday Art Fair and thought MOM felt like a good fit.
Deb’s volunteer work at MOM began in the Food Pantry. Then a year ago, COVID brought many changes to the community and to MOM. After taking a pause from food pantry volunteering, Deb saw that MOM was looking for volunteer drivers to deliver food to people who were not able to come to the pantry themselves. Her husband, Jud, had just retired in July of 2020. The two began this new volunteer role together.
Jud and Deb have found that COVID doesn’t prevent them from doing their important work in the community. They wear masks and maintain distance when delivering food. They have even been able to deliver to COVID positive households by placing the food on the doorstep, then calling to let the family or individual know that the food was there.
Deb and Jud believe everyone has something to give—although what that is might look differently for each person. They also believe that volunteering offers rewards of its own. “Currently, we pick up food at MOM three days a week. We frequently deliver to the same clients. It gives us happiness to know we are helping and making that person or family’s day a bit easier,” Deb said. “We look forward to our weekly deliveries and seeing the people we have gotten to know at MOM and the clients we serve. It is very satisfying to know that we are helping to feed the people of our community who are in need of help at this time,” Jud added.
We are thankful to Deb and Jud for the time and energy they put into volunteering at MOM—and for all our volunteers who make our work possible.
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