Everyone jokes about the Cincinnati weather, but this winter has been no laughing matter for our guests without homes. Our Daily Bread is proud to be there to provide our guests shelter from whatever nature throws our way. During the polar vortex we were able to partner with other shelters and programs to ensure that our shared guests could be inside at all times, 24/7.
We were worried about our capacity on the first day of the extreme cold, when cars wouldn't start and the roads were bad, but THIRTEEN BRAVE SOULS made their way here to help serve the 350 people who were counting on them. This winter, our volunteers have braved freezing temperatures, icy roads, snow drifts and floods to provide life-giving food and comfort to people who need it.
We are so grateful to you. If you are looking to learn more, get involved or be inspired, I've included 5 options below: 1) Have the best time you ever had preventing food waste at our SCRAPS Rescued Food fundraiser 2) Meet our volunteer superstars 3) Donate food for a hearty start to each day 4) Meet Molly and the Book Buddies of Kids Club 5) Celebrate an incredible 2018
Wishing you all of the warmth and love that you so generously share with others,
We really are fortunate at Our Daily Bread to have an enclave of amazing soup kitchen volunteers. In 2018, we implemented a new volunteer database to assist Kathy Schickel, Director of Operations, in managing all these volunteers. This allowed us to more accurately track our volunteer statistics and the 2018 results are remarkable. Below are some highlights:
1002 volunteers worked 6,998shifts totaling 18,511hours
1 volunteer completed over 400 hours: Rose Lenarsich (419)
2 volunteers completed over 200 hours: Tom Kettler (245) and Rita Kettler (214)
133 volunteers served over 20 hours
52 volunteers volunteered over 100 hours
Barb Schneider, who started volunteering in 1987 (32 years ago), holds the record for longest running volunteer!
BECOME A WEEKLY VOLUNTEER
Speaking of volunteers, we are currently seeking a few more weekly volunteers. Weekly volunteers commit to coming once a week on a long-term basis. Does this sound like something you can commit to? We are especially in need of Monday volunteers.
If you are interested contact Kathy Schickel, Director of Operations - Email: email@example.com or Phone: (513) 621-6364 Ext. 15
PHOTO: A few of our weekly volunteers and the hours they volunteered in 2018, clockwise from left: Monday volunteer Chris Weber (150); Mon/Wed volunteer Vickie Borum (158); Wednesday volunteer Sharon Dickman (91); Tuesday volunteer Jerry Schutte (104); Friday volunteer Pam Shank (143) Tues/Thurs volunteer Rita Kettler (214).
#3 | MAKING BREAKFAST HAPPEN
In April 2018 we extended our meal service by 15 minutes, starting at 9:30AM. Naturally Chef Garland decided to add a few breakfast items instead of just lunch, and the response was overwhelming. Our guests enjoyed the hot breakfast option so much, Garland set a daily goal to provide breakfast during the first hour of meal service. That said, since 100% of our food is donated he never really knows if he will get what he needs. So, if you are looking for a way to get involved, here are the items we are currently in need of in order to make breakfast happen:
To coordinate food donations contact Kathy Schickel, Director of Operations - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: (513) 621-6364 Ext. 15
#4 | MEET BOOK BUDDY MOLLY TANNEHILL
Meet Molly Tannehill. Molly graduated from NKU in May 2018 and works as a substitute teacher. One afternoon each week, Molly serves as a Book Buddy at Our Daily Bread's Kids Club...