Mary Whitney’s son has gone off to college. Her husband works long hours.
So to occupy her time, she volunteers about 60 hours a month at the United Methodist Open Door Food Ministry.
Whether it’s working in the file room, greeting people at the front desk or compiling the month’s hours for all the volunteers, Whitney “works as if she’s getting paid,” said Cheryl Stevenson, community services director.
Whitney has spent the past two years working with the food ministry at 1611 N. Mosley. Anywhere from 300 to 350 volunteers, young and old, work at the ministry each month – and it’s Whitney’s job to keep an accounting of those hours. On occasion, she also helps package food for the ministry’s clients.
“It gave me something to do, and I enjoy working with the people here,” Whitney said. “I’ll do just about anything they ask, because I enjoy it.”
Volunteer coordinator Nita Nikkel said it’s not just everything that Whitney does for the ministry, it’s also her attitude toward volunteering that ultimately makes her stand out.
“She brings a lot of laughter and life to people,” Nikkel said.