April is National Volunteer Month, and at Second Harvest we want to take time to thank each and every one of our volunteers. You make it possible to get healthy food to every person, every day. Your hard work at Pasco and Spokane Hunger Solution Centers, at partner food pantries, at Mobile Markets, setting up and cleaning up at events, collecting food and funds at community food drives and more means hungry people can eat when they need it most.
More than 8,000 people volunteered time at Second Harvest last year. Over the next few months we'll be highlighting some of our rockstar volunteers who make Second Harvest possible.
Betterment Recovery is a sober living and recovery program based in Spokane. Residents regularly volunteer in the community if they’re not at work – often they are out all day long. “We leave the house at noon and get back around eight,” said Mark, who is volunteering at Second Harvest.
Currently the group volunteers at Blessings Under the Bridge and Second Harvest, where they recently sorted enough food for 3,500 meals.
Residents say Betterment is different than other similar programs because it offers comprehensive services like access to therapists, hands-on case management and help with the little things, like transportation to a doctor's appointment. “You stay as long as you feel you need to. It’s a safe environment,” Mark said.
Residents are required to work or volunteer as part of their stay – but it’s not a hardship for Adam, who used to help at a homeless ministry in his early 20s.
“I love volunteering,” he said. He enjoys being part of something that helps people in need.