Day in and day out we work hard. We [our staff and volunteers] work late setting up and we get up early to set up some more. We negotiate different perspectives on how to serve our community. We accept the gratitude of most of our community members and the “suggestions for improvements” by others. We fill in gaps when someone is unable to come the last minute. We try to greet everyone with a smile and a friendly word. It becomes a routine.
So when the Daily Bread Food Bank nominated us for their Best in Class award for enhancing the dignity of our community members and involving them in our processes we were surprised. When we won the award we were shocked. All of our efforts had been noticed by someone we respected. And everything the Daily Bread Food Bank noticed was because we listened to our volunteers and community members. In our acceptance speech we thanked our volunteers. They are the ones that earned this award for us.