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Men’s Group Makes it Happen

In December 2013, Inter-Faith Community Services began sharing our vision for the Food Bank of Choice with an article soliciting volunteers to serve as personal shopping assistants. Many supporters stepped forward to volunteer and we are grateful for their commitment. IFCS launched the Food Bank of Choice on Monday, March 3. This was a grand day and could not have happened without the determination of our Executive Director, Sandra Blythe-Perry; the Programs Director, Paul Fitzgerald; and the Food Bank Manager, Barb Mesa. Over a two-year period, these dedicated staff members researched, visited and gleaned the knowledgeable experience of other successful metropolitan client choice food banks. This research revealed that physical changes were needed in the food bank area in order to ensure success of the IFCS Food Bank of Choice.

In stepped the South Suburban Christian Church Men’s Group. A volunteer group comprised of craftsmen that completed renovation work including adding backing to shelves, stripping old wallpaper, removing old carpet, painting walls and the floor, building dividers for shelves, adding hooks for name badges and coats, plus constructing a versatile, moveable partition that allows for the large, open food bank area to be sectioned off as needed. Eleven faithful men, Bill Tooley, Bill Yeagley, Gerald Marcell, Tom Douglas, Terry Jennings, Richard Master, Joe Cox, Gary Landry, Ed McBeth, Randy Greenwood and Wayne Schnick contributed nearly 50 hours of manual labor to upgrade the food bank and safeguard the attainment of this two-year quest. A special thanks goes out the South Suburban Christian Church Men’s Group and particularly to Bill Tooley for his woodworking expertise. The group’s unofficial leader, Richard Masters said, “Giving back to the community is just what we do.”

IFCS is so grateful for the many unique and devoted ways that volunteers endorse our mission through service and support. We are always seeking volunteers to assist in a myriad of ways. If you have some free time and would like to serve your neighbors in need, our volunteer application is available at here and you can also contact Jean Ray at or 303-789-0501.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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