We couldn’t have picked a more glorious day to celebrate our volunteers than last Saturday, April 8th. Temps were in the 60’s and the sun was actually shining! Over 80 attended the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast hosted by The Window, Inc. Board of Directors. This year’s very appropriate theme was “Volunteers are the gems of The Window’s ministry,” and gems they are! Their support is essential and we could not continue to fulfill our ministry without their hard work and dedication. Board Chairperson, Gay Lehman opened with a word of prayer before everyone enjoyed the scrumptious meal of egg bake, fruit cups and coffee over good conversations.
Executive Director, Ed Swartley, took a few moments to recognize the volunteers and the programs they give of their time to. He stated the total number of active volunteers for Katie’s Kitchen, Clothing Closet, Pantry and Meals on Wheels is 140! He also shared with the group about two new pilot programs Katie’s Kitchen has recently started. The Lunch Box program, that provides a lunch for those who are working, and the newly added Thursday evening meal, which served 40 people opening night. Special thanks were given to Crystal Valley Catering for their continued support of the daily sandwich distribution. A total of 159,000 sandwiches donated from their break trucks were handed out during 2016. Honored guest, Jeff James from Forks County Line was awarded the recognition plaque as our 2016 Supporter of the Year.
As the event came to a close, volunteers had the opportunity to win door prizes donated by several businesses. Ben’s Pretzel, Buffalo Wild Wings, CC’s Pizza, Culver’s, Dutch Maid Bakery, Electric Brew, Hoppers, The Nut Shoppe and Venturi Pizza are just a few who contributed prizes. We are so thankful for the amazing generosity of all the local businesses who contributed gift certificates, and other items as well as the Board of Directors for making this event the success that it was.