During her recent trip to Fort Worth, Texas, Lindsey Bressi, ReEmployAbility’s Nonprofit Relationship Manager, had the opportunity to meet with exceptional Nonprofit Volunteer Coordinators and Managers. She made sure to stop at the Community Food Bank in Fort Worth, Texas to meet up with Ms. Karen Harris to gain insight into our Nonprofit Partner’s activities and how ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work program contributes to their community work.

Serving the Community Food Bank in Fort Worth

Ms. Karen Harris is a well-known Volunteer Coordinator amongst ReEmployAbility. Harris has been with the Community Food Bank in Fort Worth, Texas, for over thirteen years. She began working with them as a receptionist and, over time, learned about the organizations. She is now the Executive Coordinator, working her way up, taking over the program and managing the volunteer workforce for the Food Bank.

Harris gave Bressi a tour of the 40,000-square-foot facilities, including office space and warehouse. The Warehouse stores perishable and non-perishable food donations that are distributed daily (Monday – Thursday) to the community. Harris mentioned that the Community Food Bank serves nearly 30,000 families yearly; 600 families and individuals walk through their doors weekly. Due to the high volume of food needed for the Food Bank, managing logistics and operations is essential for their organization.

Transition2Work volunteers help run the front desk, sort food donations and clothing items, and help package hygiene kits. The Community Food Bank of Fort Worth provides boxes of groceries to those in need from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily. Transition2Work volunteers play a pivotal role in their operation by helping with client intake, packing donation boxes, or loading them into vehicles.  Harris told Bressi that she “loves” ReEmployAbility Transition2Work volunteers and is happy to accept more volunteers to the organization. She shares that they help tremendously with the organization’s mission to “feed families and feed hope.”

ReEmployAbility Nonprofit Relationship Manager meets Karen Harris, the Executive Coordinator at the Community Food Bank in Fort Worth, Texas.
ReEmployAbility Nonprofit Relationship Manager meets Karen Harris, the Executive Coordinator at the Community Food Bank in Fort Worth, Texas.

Transition2Work Volunteers Serve the Community

ReEmployAbility’s Transition2Work programs allow injured individuals to contribute to their local community and uphold the mission of nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. Additionally, doing so enables them to retain their wages, continue with their original employer, gain skills, and recover faster.

For more information on how your organization can become a ReEmployAbility Nonprofit Partner, visit our Nonprofit Partner Page.

Community Food Bank:

At the Community Food Bank, we are simply people serving people, and that means all people. We serve all individuals and families without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or sexual identity. Diversity, equity and inclusion is at the core of what we do, serving our community and our employees. Our commitment to these values is unwavering and central to our mission and to our impact.

For more information on the Community Food Bank, please visit their website.

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