Volunteer in the Spotlight: Mary Diehl

November 17, 2015 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Mary DiehlThis season Mary has been one of the market’s most prolific marketing volunteers. She’s written insightful pieces on her experience of using SNAP and the Everybody Eats program at the market. She has also interviewed vendors, shared recipes, and written about her time volunteering at the market on Sundays with special events like Taste of the Market and POP Club.

“My favorite volunteer experience has been writing for the newsletter. This has given me the chance to develop relationships with some of the vendors, participate in several events at the market, and experience the sense of community that I think is the most important part of being in the Montavilla neighborhood. I started volunteering at the market as a way to show my appreciation for the Everybody Eats program. I will keep volunteering because I always have a good time no matter what I’m doing, and everyone involved makes me feel welcome and appreciated. How can you pass up an opportunity like that?”

We look forward to reading Mary’s upcoming article about her interview with vendor FarmCart and to many more articles after that. Thank you Mary for using your talents to contribute to the market and for donating so much time and effort. We tremendously appreciate it!

Email Katie Snyder, MFM Volunteer Coordinator, to ask how you can begin volunteering at the market.

Volunteers in the Spotlight: Mary Kate McVey & Neil Mattson

Volunteers in the Spotlight: Mary Kate McVey & Neil Mattson

November 16, 2015 |  by  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Ever wonder how everything gets set up for market day? With a small staff, we have volunteers like Neil and Mary Kate to thank. “I usually help with set up on Sunday mornings, putting up canopies, setting up tables and chairs, assisting vendors,” says Neil. “It’s fun and rewarding to be helpful, and I love being part of a team.” Mary Kate delights “in doing a little bit of manual labor as often as I can because it is such a departure from my regular Monday through Friday routine.”

The MFM staff are exceedingly grateful for these two all-stars. Neil has been an exceptionally dependable volunteer for two years, helping to train new volunteers and being especially adaptable and helpful to vendors. “I volunteer at the market because I want to support it and be part of a grassroots effort to make my community better. The MFM is an important piece of what makes the neighborhood special.” We are excited to have had Mary Kate join our volunteer set-up crew this year and love putting her chalk skills to use often. “I am new to the neighborhood,” she says, “and love being part of such a positive presence in our community. Local food for everyone is a cause near and dear to my heart.”

Join us in thanking Mary Kate and Neil for their hard work, dedication, and providing you a place to sit at the customer tents each week. Thank you, Mary Kate and Neil—your volunteerism is greatly appreciated!

We depend on volunteers each week to help with set up, tear down, info booth, and vendor support as well as to run special events such Taste of the Market. For more information on how you can volunteer (including joining the set-up crew!) visit http://www.montavillamarket.org/support/volunteer/.