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Foothills’ Cheryl Thompson awarded Volunteer with Heart

Jan 30th, 2016 | Category: News

EAST WHATCOM – Dave Finet, retired Executive Director of the Opportunity Council, presented Foothills Food Bank Board President and community volunteer Cheryl Thompson with the The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County’s Volunteer with Heart award in January.

COURTESY PHOTO/FOOTHILLS FOOD BANK

COURTESY PHOTO/FOOTHILLS FOOD BANK

Nominated by Finet, he wrote, “The Opportunity Council and East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (EWRRC) staff nominate Cheryl Thompson for the Volunteer with Heart Award. Shortly after the opening of the EWRRC, Cheryl took the lead on development of a community garden at the resource center, a project that has continued to grow and provide healthy food to local residents. As the project coordinator for the Mobile Food Pantry at the EWRRC, Cheryl coordinates 20-30 volunteers each month to distribute food to between 80-120 families. Cheryl is a gracious and respectful volunteer leader that brings out the best in others. She is welcoming and always looking for ways to make the volunteer experience a positive one. When volunteers arrive to help distribute food, Cheryl always makes a point of greeting them by name and thanking them for their help. Cheryl also serves as President of the Board of the Foothills Food Bank; under her leadership the board has established a new strategic plan. In addition, she was key to organizing the Foothills Food Summit, which brought together community members, nonprofits, and governmental agencies to develop a plan to address food insecurity in eastern Whatcom. Finally, Cheryl has recently participated in the development of a grant application to secure funding for expansion of the EWRRC to accommodate growing capacity needs of the Foothills Food Bank. These are just a few of the ways Cheryl has worked tirelessly to advance food security and access for the foothills community. She has truly demonstrated outstanding commitment to community service.”

Congratulations Cheryl, and thanks for all you do for eastern Whatcom County!

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