January 21, 2020

Volunteer Stories

We’re celebrating and thanking RSVP volunteers for their efforts and to increase public awareness of RSVP.  Check here for stories about volunteers that have been inspired to share their experiences, or have inspired others.

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Al Olson – Volunteer Extraordinaire

Dolores and Martin Steiner Receive Award

Miles City Soup Kitchen Receives Award

Top Stories of 2017

Custer County Food Bank
Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Custer County Food Bank volunteers distribute food to the needy in our community. For example, in October 2017, there were 681 individuals that were helped with food from the food bank. This number includes all members of each family receiving food in October. It also includes 40 veterans receiving food.

Dedicated volunteers serving in 2017 were: Andrea Williams, Dorothy Willems, Martin Steiner, Dolores Steiner, Dwayne Rude, Jeannine Price, Alice Nile, Grant Miller, Gary Miller, John Lockie, Joan Kuntz, Kay Fiechtner, Richard Eggar, Debbie Eggar, Larry Dann, Joanne Clark, Linda Anderson, and Charity Aguiree. These volunteer gave 3,253 hours of their time unloading groceries, shelving groceries, and distributing groceries. Each November they bag and distribute over 350 of Thanksgiving baskets.

Forsyth Pantry
Volunteer Bill Parker works hard to make sure there is plenty of the food on the shelves of the Forsyth Samaritan Pantry.   He is assisted by Kay and Rocky Berdahl, Shirley Clauson, Sue Colvin, D.B. and Runa Kenner, Sally Mans, Carole Raymond, Paula Seliski, and Jeanne Spannagel. 

This year’s Thanksgiving baskets included a turkey, dressing, corn, beams, olives, cranberries, fruit cocktail, butter, cook whip, rolls, fresh potatoes, mushroom soup, yams, Jell-O, French Fried Onions, Pie, and gravy.    The amounts were adjusted for the size of the family. 

Volunteer Supervisor Story
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize a very important member of the Custer County Food Bank……….Director Robert (Bob) Parker.

In his late 70’s Bob started another career, that of the Director of the Custer County Food Bank.  Bob took over this position, having previously served as a volunteer at the Food Bank.  He knew the many long hours he would be putting in arranging for food deliveries, loading and unloading food deliveries, and making sure there are plenty of volunteers on hand to help with all this work.  Bob continues to work right alongside the volunteers helping load and unload large, heavy boxes of food although he is “pushing” eighty!  There are not many man of Bob’s age that would take on such a physical job at that age, and perform all the duties with a smile!

One example of the service provided by Bob and his volunteers is the over 350 Thanksgiving baskets they prepared and distributed in November.