Volunteers Make the Difference
The commitment and dedication of volunteers are critical to hungry kids and our everyday operations. From packing to heavy lifting, to letter writing and making phone calls, to helping with event setup and breakdown, and through sharing our story with the public, we are deeply grateful to have these volunteers as part of our organization.
Meet Our Volunteers
Lynne Hunter, Food Delivery Coordinator
“I’m the coordinator of the wonderful people who volunteer time to deliver packaged food to schools throughout Brevard County each week.”
With a degree in elementary education from the University of Florida, Lynne taught in both Miami and here in Brevard. She enjoyed being able to work with the children without all the other burdens that teachers deal with every day. She says she is keenly aware of how what happens in the home has a great influence on what happens in the classroom.
“The children who come to school in the morning from a home with a nurturing environment have a positive attitude, ready to meet new challenges. A child who is hungry or tired or worried is at a disadvantage before the first bell rings on Monday morning,” says Lynne.
When she first heard of The Children’s Hunger Project, Inc., Lynne knew she found a way to continue to help children in a truly meaningful manner. Lynne has seen the effect hunger has on children’s lives and she is proud to be involved with an organization that provides such a vital service.
Paula Dawson, Office Volunteer
Paula knew she wanted to get involved in something worthwhile and given her background in schools and food, The Children’s Hunger Project, Inc. was a great fit! Her first career was as an elementary school teacher, then she worked with Olive Garden Restaurants helping them grow from one restaurant into a major corporation. When she retired in 2001 Paula was the Senior Vice President of Operations in charge of 103 restaurants.
Now Paula volunteers two days a week helping in the office, doing everything from writing thank you letters to our donors, to inventory. She serves as Chair of the Prize Procurement Committee for our annual golf tournament
“I love being able to help children while making an impact in my own back yard. The Children’s Hunger Project, Inc. is a wonderful organization!”
Tim Brown, School Deliveries and Packing Volunteer
Tim Brown is a familiar face throughout Brevard. Tim volunteers with many local charities – Meals on Wheels, Hospice of St. Francis, Senior Transerve and Volunteers in Motion among others. Tim and his wife, Cora frequently volunteer together.
Tim was drawn to our charity when he decided he wanted to assist children. He works with “Take Stock in Children”, a program for deserving low-income youth and students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. It was only natural for Tim to see how hunger affects a child’s ability to learn. Tim, a “Santa double”, is seen over the holidays dressed in his red suit in the Viera parade or at one of the local malls.