Congrats to Ruby Dunek for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!
Nominating Organization: Families Forward
Honoree Category: Human & Community
Why Nominated: Ruby Dunek began volunteering with Families Forward over 15 years ago! She and her daughter, Becky, began serving our community as a mother-daughter duo through National Charity League when Becky started 7th grade. As a long time partner charity, NCL provided Ruby and Becky the opportunity to furnish and decorate our transitional homes for incoming families who would be joining the housing program. During Ruby’s early years with Families Forward, she also helped support the food pantry by collecting food donations from local shoppers at grocery stores, and worked within the pantry to get this food onto the shelves and out to the families we that we serve. Ruby and her daughter continued to engage their community to donate and support Families Forward by coordinating collections in their own neighborhood to help stock up on canned food for the pantry and household items for the transitional homes.
Ruby currently volunteers her time in our transitional homes and in our off-site warehouse, where we store a large inventory of donated furniture and household items. Ruby utilizes her supreme organizational skills to sort through, clean, repair, and organize all of the donations that come through our warehouse doors. When a home is vacated, Ruby and her volunteer partner, Suzy, inventory the furniture that is left, repaint and repair items as necessary, as well as clean drapes and upholstery for the next family. Ruby and Suzy will often return to the home to coordinate the placement of new furniture and return any items that they took home to wash and repair. When an incoming family must be placed in the home immediately, Ruby and Suzy will fully decorate, restock, and prepare the home.
As a current Program Committee member and warehouse lead volunteer, the ways in which Ruby contributes to Families Forward are hard to count! We believe that volunteers like Ruby who give unconditionally to our agency and the families that we serve are hard to come by, and she is certainly an asset to our mission and organization!
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