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Director: (614) 488-0681 ext. 106
Manager: (614) 488-0681 ext. 203
hearttoheart@FCchurch.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Tuesdays 9am to 12pm
Thursdays 9am to 12pm
First Community South
1320 Cambridge Blvd. Columbus, OH 43212

Volunteer of the Month: June 2024

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Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations, Isaiah!

When asked about his work at Heart to Heart, this is what Isaiah had to say:

“I got into it because I was going to youth group on Sundays and Sarah kept saying they needed help at Heart to Heart.  I finally convinced my mom to let me try it out and I’ve never stopped.  I started just … with the youth and now I also help with order unloading and just started doing the drive through …  I really enjoy helping people and I also enjoy all the manual labor of lifting things and moving boxes and stocking. I also enjoy meeting new people.”

Isaiah has been a great addition to the team and other volunteers have expressed how impressive his work ethic is!

From Isaiah’s Mom:

I would also like to share with you how much Isaiah’s volunteer work at Heart to Heart has meant to my husband and me.

The context goes back a few years- In 2021, one of Isaiah’s younger brothers was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor and our life came to a grinding halt as we focused on this urgent need of keeping our child alive.  The original “good prognosis” he was given slipped away when his tumor didn’t respond to chemo as expected and he had to undergo two very long and risky brain surgeries and was unexpectedly hospitalized for three months.  The tumor itself and the brain surgeries left [his brother] with many lasting effects, including physical mobility impairments, vision impairments, fatigue, PTSD, short term memory loss, and traumatic brain injury symptoms- which can be debilitating.  For the past two years we have been struggling with all of these things, and unfortunately the TBI symptoms that [his brother] experiences especially have left us homebound for the most part, and has severely limited what our other kids have been able to be involved in. The difficult recovery that [his brother] has had from his brain tumor created a very different life than we had all been used to prior to [the] diagnosis.  Especially with Isaiah being a teenager, my husband and I wanted him to be spending time with peers and others, getting involved in the community, participating in activities he enjoyed, etc., not homebound like this.  But with our family situation that was really difficult.

In the fall of 2023, I slowly started getting involved in First Community.  I joined the Women’s Guild and started attending The Gathering every Wednesday night.  Isaiah also started attending Crossroads on Sundays- I was so glad to find something that I knew he could consistently be involved in as my husband was off work on Sundays so we knew at least one of us adults could be with Judah at all times, while the other would be available for the rest of our kids needs.  I read about Heart to Heart in the youth ministry weekly emails and thought that would be a great thing for Isaiah to do after awhile, but thought it might be best to just get acclimated to the youth group first and then later try out volunteering at the food pantry.  But, after a week or two Isaiah insisted that we volunteer at Heart to Heart as soon as we could because Sarah kept mentioning that they really needed more volunteers.  My husband works 11am-8pm, so typically isn’t home in the evenings- but Wednesday is his other day off, so the timing actually worked perfectly.  So Isaiah and I signed up to volunteer one Wednesday and like Isaiah said- he hasn’t stopped! He absolutely loves it and always wants to sign up for any possible shift that we can make work out.  He also now volunteers with the Share and Learn Garden after a couple I sat with at The Gathering one evening suggested it as another volunteer opportunity that he might enjoy.  Isaiah had no gardening experience and didn’t know anyone there, but he’s not afraid to try new things and I really admire that about him.

Isaiah loves helping others by volunteering at Heart to Heart, but it’s more than that for him- being involved in these things has done so much for him and our family as well- it has given Isaiah a way to be involved in meaningful work, build community, and do things that he enjoys outside of our house even though we are still limited in general due to [his brother]’s brain tumor recovery.  It’s been a way for him to have a normal life again.  Our life stopped in 2021- for everyone in our family- and it’s taken such a long time to gain back a sense of normalcy.  We’re still struggling with that and figuring it out, but volunteering at Heart to Heart has been a huge part of that for Isaiah. We can’t express how much this means to us.

Thank you so much for these opportunities that Isaiah has at Heart to Heart and for welcoming him to this work.  He really looks up to you and I cannot stress enough how much he loves volunteering at Heart to Heart.

Volunteer of the Month: May 2024

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Audrey Odier, Grace Bates, Emily Wang

“As Ohio State undergraduate students, we had the opportunity to participate in the Semester of Service program, which assigned us to a volunteer organization. In our case, Heart to Heart food pantry. We hit the jackpot. Everyone at Heart to Heart is extraordinarily friendly, from the orderly organizers to the dedicated volunteers. These few hours that we spent volunteering have been an immeasurably impactful experience as we support people from all walks of life.”

Volunteer of the Month: April 2024

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Dave Westman

A friend who is co-founder of a local community center has commented, ‘the need is great’.  I have come to understand that also means, the opportunity is great!  Heart to Heart embodies that by coming alongside our neighbors and helping provide for some of their needs in truly meaningful ways.  I am grateful to be part of an ongoing effort like this, that engages both our congregation and our community!  And my new friends among the staff and volunteers are amazing!” 

Volunteer of the Month: March 2024

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Billie Sarich

I first learned about Heart to Heart food pantry as a teacher at Stevenson Elementary in Grandview Heights. The students were always excited about food drives and loved taking walking trips to visit the pantry. Once retired in 2021, I was able to commit to helping with the opening drivethru on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays year-round. It is incredibly rewarding to interact with the individuals and families that visit the drivethru in cars, trucks, vans, on bikes, and even on foot, knowing that they are going home with high quality food items. I always look forward to drivethru mornings and spending time with generous volunteers, and hope that the customers depart knowing they are cared about and respected by our team. A huge thank you to Yohan for always remaining calm, positive, and organized, and to the drivethru team that keeps the line moving with laughter and love. In a world where you can be anything, be kind. 

Volunteer of the Month: February 2024

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Nora Ginnan

“I love Heart to Heart, have been volunteering here since 9th grade, and have had nothing but wonderful experiences. Every interaction I have had makes me so happy because I am able to truly see how I am helping others, and it is a feeling I love.” 

Volunteer of the Month: December 2023

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Maria Glaros & Colin Appell

We started volunteering at Heart to Heart through Ohio State’s Semester of Service program to connect more with the Columbus community. Though we have only been here a few short months, this opportunity has not only allowed us to gain a priceless experience but has also taught us invaluable lessons. The entire Heart to Heart community welcomed us ecstatically and quickly brought us in to their family consisting of staff, other volunteers, and the entirety of those who are served through this gracious mission. The time spent at Heart to Heart each week was time to look forward to. Connecting with others from different walks of life outside of our own university, that we have the privilege to attend, was refreshing and granted us a chance to view life from a new perspective. We would like to thank Yohan, Amy, all other volunteers, and the entire Heart to Heart community for guiding us through this inspiring and gratifying experience with an abundance of kindness.

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Volunteer of the Month: November 2023

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Drew Poling

Every time that I volunteer at Heart to Heart I feel more connected with myself, other volunteers, the Heart to Heart staff, and my community. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to give back and support my community in such a welcoming and joyous space. Many aspects of my life are placed hectically upon each other and feel very chaotic, but volunteering at Heart to Heart helps to keep me grounded and in the moment. Connecting and developing relationships with others through volunteering is wonderful and any chance that I have to serve at Heart to Heart is an opportunity that I will anticipate with happiness.

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Volunteer of the Month: October 2023

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Tim O’Hanlan

I am always impressed by the grace and dignity of our customers as they face hard times and have the courage to accept our help for the sake of their families. For me, volunteering at the pantry is a humbling experience that allows me to experience our common humanity. What a gift that is! People sometimes ask, “How did you of all people become Volunteer of the Month? I’m somewhat surprised that you haven’t been kicked out.” Relentless campaigning and insincere flattery probably helped. Upon reflection, though, the single most important factor is that I was the only person on my All-Star Pantry Team who had not been awarded Volunteer of the Month. As the emerging “class clown” on my team, I bring out the best in my teammates by constantly trying their patience and making their volunteer responsibilities that much more difficult to complete. No wonder I am Volunteer of the Month. Thank you, Yohan. You could have nominated the dangerous and unwieldy red cart instead.

 

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Volunteer of the Month: September 2023

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Nicholas Ubert

“I really enjoyed volunteering at Heart to Heart. I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people who always put a smile on my face. Helping others is a rewarding experience and something I’m extremely grateful for. I will never forget the kindness among all the people I met through volunteering at Heart to Heart. One thing I learned from volunteering at Heart to Heart is: kindness costs nothing, but means everything.”

 

 

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