‘Spooky’ Volunteers Find Reward in Helping Those in Need

July 30, 2015
Special Events Manager Carrie Jones (first from left) and longtime 'It's Spooky to be Hungry' volunteers (l-r) Keith Liner, Lisa Bowen, and Sue Senn are already gearing up for 'Spooky' 2015 this coming October.

Special Events Manager Carrie Jones (first from left) and longtime ‘It’s Spooky to be Hungry’ volunteers (l-r) Keith Liner, Lisa Bowen, and Sue Senn are already gearing up for ‘Spooky’ 2015 this coming October.

Lisa Bowen’s dedication to volunteering with ‘It’s Spooky To Be Hungry’ comes from a first-hand knowledge of hunger. “I’ve been hungry, so this is dear to my heart,” she says simply; “There are babies out there that need food.”

Golden Harvest’s largest annual food drive, ‘It’s Spooky To Be Hungry’ collects food and funds in neighborhoods and businesses to help feed hungry families. The food drive relies on thousands of volunteers to get the word out, collect food and funds, and serve those who are struggling to get enough food to eat.

Lisa began volunteering with ‘Spooky’ 11 years ago. “It’s a rewarding experience,” Lisa says; “we have so many wonderful stories!” Sue Senn and Keith Liner, both longtime Spooky volunteers, nod their heads in agreement. “We see people who don’t have food themselves who still really give,” explains Sue.

Sue tells one story about a 13-year-old boy who volunteered with ‘Spooky’ as part of his Eagle Scout certification. “That little boy did his whole neighborhood—over 1,000 houses,” she recounts, “and his mom, dad, and church all worked with him to collect the food.” Keith says that this kind of cooperative effort is his favorite thing about the food drive; “I like to see how all of the community comes together.”

When asked why they volunteer with ‘Spooky,’ Keith and Sue answer the same way. “It’s very rewarding- you realize what an impact you will make on people,” says Keith. Sue agrees; “The day you collect the food, you realize it was all worth it.”

You can make an impact, too! We need volunteers to captain neighborhoods and to collect food during ‘It’s Spooky to be Hungry’ 2015 this October. Sign up to help feed local families at www.itsspookytobehungry.org or e-mail spookyvolunteer@goldenharvest.org.