Volunteers are the heart and hands of IOCP. Their generous time, energy and savvy make our programs possible. From individuals and families to civic groups and corporations, volunteers are the service multipliers who grow our capacity to serve struggling families on a daily basis. Each month, we highlight a volunteer from one of our many programs.
April 2016 Volunteer Spotlight: Ron Olson
Ron Olson is a committed and impactful volunteer. He’s been working with Interfaith Outreach since 2011 after his retirement. Ron helps enter data associated with the 1,800 volunteers who share their time and talents with the organization each year. Ron makes sure that the time volunteers contribute to our organization is tracked accurately in our database so we can know the shared impact these volunteers make in our community. Since starting in November of 2011, Ron has volunteered over 200 times at Interfaith Outreach totaling over 1025 hours of volunteer service!
Ron is perfect for the volunteer data entry position. He’s a quick typist and is very good at database searches. His diligence and close attention to detail help him locate the correct person in our system, one that can include up to dozen “Ann Johnson’s” or “Joe Smith’s”. Ron shared, “I enjoy word puzzles, and the data entry work is a little like a puzzle. Sometimes I have to find someone by only using their initials. After time I’ve learned tricks to find the right person in the system, even if I have limited information.”
Ron has a heart for helping others. In addition to working with Interfaith Outreach, he is also a committed volunteer with Loaves & Fishes, Feed my Starving Children, Second Harvest Heartland and Memorial Blood Bank where he hands out snacks to individuals after they donate on the Bloodmobiles. In his spare time, Ron also enjoys word puzzles, reading, walking, coin collecting and attending local county fairs in the summer. Ron shared, “I continue to volunteer with Interfaith Outreach because I enjoy the atmosphere and getting to share the skills I acquired during my career (i.e. data entry) in a rewarding and meaningful way.”
With Ron’s help Interfaith Outreach is able to understand the huge value volunteers bring to the organization. By tracking these figures we can better share our story with funders who appreciate our ability to access strong volunteer resources. In addition, the volunteer stats help us to thank our community for their investment of time and talent that brings our mission to life.
Thank you Ron, and all of our wonderful administrative volunteers who keep Interfaith Outreach running smoothly each and every day!
Read more about other volunteers:
Cheri Schmidt, Food Shelf Volunteer
General Mills Meals Division, Corporate Volunteer Partner
Tom Finke, Medical Rides Program Coordinator
Ann Fairbairn, Client Holiday Party Chair
Jessica Markkula, Development Steering Committee / Food Shelf
Carol Wexler, Board Member / Fundraising Chair / ReSale 101 Leader
Cameron Guthrie, ReSale 101 Donation Receiver / Food Shelf Driver
Andin Dema, Homework Club / Camp CONECT
Donna Schmidt, Birthday Shelf Coordinator
Jeanie Faue, Receptionist
Katie Won, Food Shelf Volunteer Scheduler
David Moore, Interpreter / HW Club / Employment Services
Inesa Zbarouskaya, Interpreter and Translator
Peggy Toonen, Holiday Gift Program
Cole Hartman, Sleep Out
Sandra Isle, ReSale 101
Nick Swart, Graphic Design
Lynn Groll, IOCP Board
Paty Conchon, Children's Play Area Volunteer
Mary Taylor, Administrative Volunteer
Helen Crosson, Food Shelf
John Sweeney, Employment Services
Bev Coyne, Education Rides Program