Volunteer Stories

Our highly dedicated and caring volunteers are the heartbeat and lifeblood of Kitchen Angels. Without their contributions of time, energy, and talent, we could never deliver on our mission to make sure our homebound neighbors receive nutritious meals for as long as they need assistance. Each and every one of our volunteers is crucial in carrying out our mission and is very much appreciated by our staff and our clients. Here are some of the extraordinarily generous people that make Kitchen Angels so special.

Spotlight on Dottie Hill

Dottie Hall

Dottie picking up meals for delivery

Born and raised in Norton, Virginia, Dottie Hill has made volunteering a part of her life for many years, starting when her children were teenagers and she hasn’t stopped yet! Dottie has been a delivery driver with Kitchen Angels for the past 16 years. She always calls Kitchen Angels and lets us know if one of our clients on her delivery route is not at home. You may think this is an unimportant detail, but it helps us keep in touch with our clients to make sure they are okay. One day, Dottie made a delivery to a client who had fallen before she got there. She called 911 and stayed with him until the emergency response team arrived to take him to the hospital. If it weren’t for Dottie’s caring and concern, our dear client might have suffered for days without anyone knowing he was hurt. Kitchen Angels is often a real lifeline for our clients. Thanks, Dottie, for making an effort to connect with our clients every time you deliver meals—it makes a world of difference. Here’s to many more years of volunteering for Kitchen Angels and serving your community!

 

Spotlight on the Keeping Independent Vision Alive (KIVA) Program

For the past 5 years, the Santa Fe Public Schools KIVA program has been sending a group of young adults to volunteer at Kitchen Angels. KIVA focuses on job training and placement for 18 to 22 year old individuals with learning disabilities. These young people are very enthusiastic about helping out at Kitchen Angels and learning new skills. Chris, a recent graduate of the KIVA program said he will miss washing dishes on Tuesdays. Stephanie loves sorting and stacking our paper bags, as well as helping in the kitchen. Mary, another recent graduate, loved her work in our kitchen so much she found a job working in food service at a local elementary school. We look forward to and appreciate very much the smiling faces and dedication of our KIVA students who volunteer for Kitchen Angels!

Meet More of Our Angels

Ron Wieneke gives his entire Thursday every week to Kitchen Angels. He inventories frozen meals, delivers meals, and bakes muffins that inspire poetry.

Ron Wieneke gives his entire Thursday every week to Kitchen Angels. He inventories frozen meals, delivers meals, and bakes muffins that inspire poetry.

Patrick Carlos volunteers nearly every day, every shift in the kitchen, and helps deliver meals as well. He’s been honing his culinary skills, while sharing his expertise with other volunteers.

Jocelyn Omer, a delivery coordinator for 4 years, greets our drivers with genuine care and a great sense of humor.

Angel Patrick Carlos

Patrick Carlos volunteers nearly every day, every shift in the kitchen, and helps deliver meals as well. He’s been honing his culinary skills, while sharing his expertise with other volunteers.