As a nonprofit, our work would be impossible without the generosity and dedication of our amazing team of volunteers. Today we spotlight one of these hardworking folks: Kathi!
Kathi has been volunteering with us for a year and has worked with our Nutrition Education team, specifically with our Farm to Senior programs. She has been a great addition to our volunteer team, and we look forward to her joining us at more programs!
Why do you volunteer with Farm Fresh RI?
I volunteer with Farm Fresh RI because I feel it is very important to spread the word about the value of eating local, healthy, seasonal foods. I enjoy contributing to a cause that is important to me and like being able to use my skills in a productive way. Connecting with the community and meeting new people is fun.
Do you have a favorite memory from volunteering with Farm Fresh RI?
I loved working with such wonderful, vibrant, and enthusiastic group at Farm Fresh RI.
How has volunteering with Farm Fresh RI impacted you?
Working with the Farm to Senior program has made me aware that there are senior citizens that do not have access to fresh farm foods. As a result of volunteering with senior citizens I have become involved with other programs that support senior wellness.
What have you learned about yourself, others, or the local food system through volunteering with Farm Fresh RI?
I learned that I like to be involved in giving back and educating others about wellness.
When you’re not volunteering, what do you like to do in your spare time?
When I am not volunteering, I enjoy being with my grandchildren, family, and friends. Some of my spare time is used to travel and have fun now that I am retired. I recently started teaching classes in balance and fall prevention at senior centers. Exercising at the Y, walking on the beach, and riding bikes are great fun.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering with Farm Fresh RI?
I would tell someone that it is a super experience volunteering at Farm Fresh RI. Everyone is very committed to the cause, and you feel valued for your contribution.
Why do you support Farm Fresh RI?
I believe in the mission of Farm Fresh RI and have been involved with them since their inception. Before I retired from teaching high school culinary arts, I had Farm Fresh RI staff come into my classroom many times to speak to my students about foods and farms.
What is your favorite local fruit or vegetable?
Thank you, Kathi, for your time volunteering with us!
— Jaime, Volunteer Coordinator and the whole Farm Fresh RI team
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