We would like to congratulate Tom Oliver at Paulden Christian Fellowship for being our August Volunteer of the Month! Tom has been volunteering at the Paulden Food Pantry since 2013.
He started attending Christian Fellowship Church and asked if how he could help the community. Pastor Oliver Thomas asked Tom if he would like to volunteer at the Food Pantry. Tom first started helping with the distribution and cleaning around the food pantry, after a few months of volunteering he was asked to be the Director of the Food Pantry.
The first thing Tom did as director was remodel the food pantry to be safer for both the guests and food. His passion to help others continued with building backpacks of food for local children in need. The food pantry also collects donations of clothing to hand out during their food distribution.
The Paulden Food Pantry is also involved with the Summer Splash program, which provides lunch for kids and then transports everyone to the Chino Valley Community pool for free. Their pantry also partners with Toys for Tots, to ensure every child in need receives a toy and a meal for their family. Oliver says “Seeing the kids’ faces light up makes it easier for me to continue to do this weekly”. Gin Sullivan, a volunteer at Paulden Christian Fellowship says “Tom goes above and beyond to help those in need”. Additionally, Tom’s influence is rubbing off on his 4-year grandson, who helps out every month with the setup of their client choice food distribution.
As for hobbies or when time permits, Tom likes to work on cars and motorcycles but his passion is to help those who are less fortunate, it gives him a sense of warmness and a positive feeling that he is able to give back to his fellow man. We would like to thank Tom for his amazing work with the Paulden Christian Fellowship and name him as our SMFBA August Volunteer of the Month!
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