Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 2017

House of Hope applauds volunteers at annual Appreciation Breakfast

Each spring, House of Hope volunteers and staff gather for the agency’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. The event was attended by over 150 guests, who were treated to a breakfast at Mariner Sands Country Club.

All volunteers were honored for their dedicated service with personalized certificates displaying exciting impact statistics highlighting 6,058 people helped, 701,557 pounds of nutritious food distributed and a whopping 84,449 pieces of clothing, furniture, appliances and housewares provided to local residents in need.

House of Hope recognized special milestones of service including: Muriel White, 15 years served; Samantha Speier, more than 2500 hours served; and Casey Cater for 2000 hours served. A complete list of honorees can be seen at www.hohmartin.org/appreciation.

Muriel White remarks about her regular shifts at the Stuart client choice pantry, “My favorite part of volunteering for House of Hope is getting to meet so many people. Living alone, it means a lot to me to be able to interact with the clients, staff and my fellow volunteers.”

House of Hope relies on the service of volunteers to operate its food pantries and thrift stores as well as assisting with other programs, special events and office tasks. Many volunteers are eagerly signing up for the agency’s newest volunteer opportunities at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment, nutrition gardens and clean room [kitchen].
House of Hope CEO, Rob Ranieri offers, “Volunteers drive the success of House of Hope and without them we would not be able to reach the thousands of people we do each month. Whether people can help occasionally for special projects or like Muriel, commit to regular shifts- volunteers are critical to our organization. No effort is too small.”

Throughout 2016, volunteers devoted 43,174 hours of service across House of Hope’s locations in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. With so many exciting new programs and services being offered, House of Hope always needs more volunteers. For more information, visit hohmartin.org/volunteers or contact Lauren Mustelier, (772) 286-4673, ext. 1004, or lauren@hohmartin.org.

Watch the video to see the impact our amazing volunteers made for the community in 2016.