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Manager: (614) 488-0681 ext. 203
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: December 2021

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Andrea Keil

One of the reasons I was drawn to First Community as a church home was their emphasis on modeling faith through service and strong community engagement. After becoming a member in 2020, I was looking for ways to get more involved and began volunteering at Heart to Heart in late summer 2021. I have greatly enjoyed connecting with other First Community members and regular clients during my Thursday shifts at the pantry drive-thru. Everyone showed such patience and kindness while I was learning the ropes and, thanks to Yohan’s calm and steady leadership, continues to create a warm and positive atmosphere for both the volunteers and the clients we are assisting. Volunteering at Heart to Heart is the perfect way to live out First’ Community’s mission of demonstrating unconditional love through caring action!

Andrea Keil

Volunteer of the Month: November 2021

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Carolyn Barger

I was compelled to start volunteering at Heart to Heart in the midst of the COVID Pandemic because I knew it was one of the most important ways to provide immediate relief to those in need.

I began in August 2020 by packing dry goods bags every Monday afternoon. I truly looked forward to my weekly Monday shift and met some other wonderful volunteers. As Yohan joined the team, I became more impressed with the Heart to Heart mission and became interested in helping out even more – especially on the drive-thru days where I could engage with our neighbors. So I joined the Tuesday drive-thru pantry volunteer team. I have loved working with these dedicated volunteers, learning the different roles at the drive-thru, and most of all getting to engage with our neighbors with a smile and positive word.

Heart to Heart has been an unexpected blessing in my life…. great people and a tremendous mission! The sign in the back of the pantry inspires me each week with the Charles Dickens quote, “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

Volunteer of the Month: October 2021

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George Falkenbach

Prior to this year, I had volunteered to assist at Heart to Heart assembling shelves in the basement of the annex to be used to store canned foods.  I knew little what Heart to Heart was all about.  Having recently retired, I answered a call for assistance in February of this year.  Through continued volunteering I have made friendships with the other volunteers; however, what is most rewarding for me is experiencing the gratitude from the patrons that frequent Heart to Heart.  They are truly most thankful for its presence and for that I am also thankful.

Volunteer of the Month: September 2021

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Rachel Beebe

God gave one commandment: TO LOVE. At Heart to Heart, God’s loving compassion is in action, beyond the pews, through the passionate hearts and earnest muscle of volunteers. I get to be a part of God’s love when I help our neighbors at Heart to Heart.

Volunteer of the Month: August 2021

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Jiwon Son

I have been volunteering in Heart to Heart for about two months now. I am trying to come every Tuesday and Thursday, staying as long as I can. It’s a great pleasure that I get to serve others. I enjoy being here with all these great people.

Volunteer of the Month: July 2021

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Abby Black

I have volunteered at Heart to Heart for about three years, and during the summer I try to volunteer three to four times a week. I enjoy serving the clients, getting to know the volunteers and behind-the-scenes jobs like Stocking.

Volunteer of the Month: June 2021

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Annie Varatharajah

Everyone say hello to Mr. Nugget! Annie Varatharajah is June’s Volunteer of the Month. She’s crushed it at Heart to Heart and will soon crush grad school. Thanks for your service!

“I volunteer at Heart to Heart every Tuesday and Thursday I am able to. My availability changes but I try to schedule things around H2H because I really enjoy volunteering here. I started coming in August and I have not stopped. I enjoy it and love everyone here as well. I’m moving to Seattle in a couple of months and honestly coming to Heart to Heart will be the thing I miss the most. Everyone is so kind and it makes me happy being around people that are so warm-hearted (which includes our clients too)!”

Volunteer of the Month: May 2021

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Orion Wang

Orion has been volunteering with us since early on in the pandemic. He is a student at the Ohio State University. Here’s what Orion had to say:

“Coming to Heart to Heart is my two times a week that I can have my full reset. When I show up, the faces that greet me always share the most warm and refreshing welcome. I have never had a bad day when going to volunteer here because every day I go, they treat me like family and that’s what we do with the people that we see come through the pantry. We love and treat everyone with the love and compassion that come through the pantry. Heart to Heart is amazing!”

Volunteer of the Month: April 2021

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John and Michele McCandless

“We have worked at Heart to Heart over a year and volunteer for food distribution on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. We became involved for a few reasons.  We had worked at a food pantry run by Lutheran Social Services for a number of years before joining First Community.  LSS chose another model as an alternative to the traditional food pantry and our work stopped.

We volunteer at Heart to Heart because we want to be part of people’s success story.  Sometimes, all anyone needs is a little help.  So many people have said to us, “I’ve never done this before.”  “I’m ashamed to be here.”  “I didn’t know where else to turn.”  To be there for someone in their time of need helps us to be ‘fully human,’  to maybe begin to realize why we were placed on this earth.

We also joined Heart to Heart for purely selfish reasons.  We are relatively new residents of Columbus and definitely new members of First Community. We wanted to meet people.  We have always belonged to relatively small churches where it was easy to meet people and find your niche.  We thought the more involved we became at First Community, the sooner we would feel a comfortable fit in this large congregation.  We have met many nice people at Heart to Heart, both co-workers and clients and get so much more back than we give in the few hours we volunteer.  In the dark days of Covid-19 over the past year, coming to Heart to Heart was the highlight to our week.  We truly looked forward to being there and treasured the moments.”

Volunteer of the Month: March 2021

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Julia Molnar

“Thank you so much; I’m very honored… I volunteer at Heart to Heart almost every week either doing stocking or helping serve people at the pantry. I’ve been volunteering at Heart to Heart since last summer and it’s been so rewarding! My favorite part of volunteering at Heart to Heart are the interactions, whether it be with the amazing people I volunteer with each week or the amazing people who we serve, I love meeting and talking to everyone, it always makes my day. I look forward to being able to continue volunteering at Heart to Heart however I can!”