Did you ever wonder how the Wednesday Meal is prepared? Well, it takes many volunteers and two days to prepare the delicious and nutritious meals for our Wednesday night guests. Dedicated volunteers on Tuesday and Wednesday prepare the meal, set up the dining room and prepare the to-go meals.
This Volunteer Spotlight features our Wednesday morning Prep Volunteers. Meet Tony, Stu, Patricia, Chuck, Suzanne "Suz", Clarissa, and Sue who work tirelessly under the direction of Chef Jim Miller. There are many tasks in getting the dining room ready, such as washing the floors and setting up the tables and chairs. Our volunteers happily slice, dice, chop, scoop, bake, cook, and dance. Yes, dance! There are some Wednesday mornings you can find our faithful volunteers dancing to music while performing their respective tasks. The tables are beautifully adorned with floral arrangements created by our ingenious volunteer Ellie.
Wednesday Prep Volunteers have been volunteering at ONT for as little as 6 months and as long as 17 years. Some of the volunteers also volunteer at the Market doing various jobs there. Each volunteer came to ONT for different reasons: retirement, paying it forward, family tradition, in memory of a family member, wanting to do something for the community. But these volunteers come together for the same reasons, too. They all return to ONT for the friendships they make, commitment to help their community, and the happiness they feel preparing the meal for our guests. This joy keeps them coming back.