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Thanking Volunteers for the Fruits of Their Spirit

May 4, 2010

Volunteer of the Year winner, Janet Garcia with Phoenix Rescue Mission President & CEO, Jerry Sandvig

Phoenix Rescue Mission thanked volunteers this year with a “Fruit of the Spirit” theme at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

We have a lot to thank them for; it is because of our volunteers serving meals in the dining hall, working with the kitchen staff, serving food daily, making sack lunches, holding canned food drives and building food boxes that Phoenix Rescue Mission was able to make an impact toward eliminating hunger in our community.

Last year more than 7,000 volunteers logged close to 16,000 hours in service at Outreach events and in service to Mission clients. Their hands packed 53,675 food boxes, served 74 meals each day in our dining hall and spread peanut butter on bread for 60,000 sack meals driven out to parks, homeless camps and under overpasses by our Hope Coach. Without their heart for the homeless and poor, our work would be extremely limited. Our volunteers not only help to fill stomachs, but also help to mend hearts and demonstrate that God’s love is exceedingly abundant. 

Phoenix Rescue Mission congratulates all our award winners:

Love Award for the Volunteer of the Year – Janet Garcia
Joy Award—Generation Church
Peace Award—Phyllis Barbee
Patience Award—Dean Glasco
Kindness Award—Safeway, Inc.
Goodness Award—Susan Welsh & Paula Weirather, Sprouts Farmer’s Markets
Faithfulness Award—Cornerstone Church, Chandler, Arizona
Gentleness Award—Howie Biemeck, Harvest Bible Chapel
Self-Control Award—Frank Woods, Christ Church Anglican

 “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self  control.”
Galations 5:22,23

Visit our website to learn more about volunteering at Phoenix Rescue Mission.

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