As the Chinese proverb says, “Many hands make light work.” With two significant special events occurring back to back, Pathway Homes relies heavily on a roster of active and committed volunteers to make the work a little lighter.
The annual Steps to Pathway Benefit Breakfast, was held on May 19th, and although guests were not scheduled to arrive until 8:30 a.m., a team of eager volunteers were already gathered and waiting patiently by 7 a.m. Members of the Westwood Baptist Church Women’s Mission, along with other individual volunteers, set-up the networking area with coffee/tea stations, staged the registration table, and prepared the dining room. When the set-up was completed, another team of volunteers stayed on as servers, expertly attending to the needs and individual requests of the guests. With the number of volunteers on hand to help, clean-up after the event was swift.
The 2016 Summer Cookout on June 11th was another example of amazing volunteer teamwork. The morning set-up crew of 19 volunteers began arriving at 8 a.m., and completed many different tasks to get the cookout ready for kickoff at the scheduled time. Some carried tables, chairs, drinks, and more from the cargo truck to the picnic pavilion, while others worked on transforming the cookout area into a Hawaiian Luau-themed space. Additional volunteers set up and assisted with the photo booth area, others set up and assisted with the games and activities area, while still others set up the guest arrival table. Once underway, volunteers grilled the hamburgers, hotdogs, and more and other volunteers cheerfully served the guests as they lined up to enjoy the delicious spread.
We especially want to recognize and thank Greg Dean and his daughter Nichole for donating fifty pounds of perfectly cooked roast pork. By the end of the day, 26 community volunteers worked with15 staff members to make the 2016 Summer Cookout another great success.