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Benefiting Someone — Somewhere

Dean Stack is one of the 47,000 unsung heroes — volunteers — helping Convoy of Hope bring hope to those who are hungry, impoverished and in need. As a lead volunteer for Hands of Hope, he works at our World Distribution Center every Tuesday night to support our work around the world. Following is a conversation with Dean.  


What do you do for Convoy of Hope?

I’m a lead volunteer here with Hands of Hope. I help coordinate volunteers and operate a forklift.

How long have you been volunteering?

I started volunteering when I heard Convoy was helping with the Joplin tornado in 2011. By 2012, I had become a lead volunteer.

Why do you volunteer?

I just like helping, and this is an easy way to help. When I hear about what Convoy does all around the world and how I can help with the projects they do, it keeps me going and keeps me wanting to come back.

What’s the most rewarding part?

I love hearing about the end result; knowing I played a part, and that my work is benefiting someone, somewhere.

What would you say to someone thinking of volunteering?

You’ve got to do it. Once you do it, you’re going to love it.

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The Unsung Heroes of Convoy of Hope

From time to time I have the opportunity to speak to our staff about volunteers. Every chance I get, I jokingly tell the team I have the best job in the organization because I get to work with volunteers — the people who choose to be here. I get a little chuckle from the team, but the part about me having the best job in the organization is no joke.

Day in and day out, I get to work with people who selflessly give of their time and talents. It’s not about a volunteer just doing something that needs to be done. It’s about people being on the front lines of the ministry by working in the field, teaching others how to start their own businesses and grow their own food, answering our phones, and raising awareness about Convoy of Hope.

We have many types of partners, but one of the most important is our volunteer group. They step out of their comfort zone to help make the world a better place. These men and women aren’t afraid to go to a region of the world they know little about to help someone during their time of need. They come into our office every single week and assist with projects our staff couldn’t begin to do on their own. It would be virtually impossible to do the work we are blessed to do without the thousands of volunteers we engage every year.

It’s safe to say every single day I receive a call or email from a person wanting to be a volunteer at Convoy of Hope. The number of wonderful people in this world so willing to give is never lost on me. The compassion and love our volunteers have for people they don’t know is one of the most beautiful things I’ve witnessed. It’s a selflessness, which takes them outside of their own needs or desires to help someone else.

This is my job — getting to talk with, work with, and fellowship with some of the most amazing people in the world. They are the ones who make it possible for Convoy of Hope to do what we do. These people — our Convoy of Hope volunteers — are really the unsung heroes.

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Longtime friend and volunteer, Bob Brewer, deploys to disasters across the country with Convoy of Hope. Longtime friend and volunteer, Bob Brewer, deploys to disasters across the country with Convoy of Hope.

National Volunteer Week

During National Volunteer Week, I’m often reminded just how awesome my job is. Day in and day out, I get to work with people who selflessly give their time and their heart.

Heart is at the center of what we do here at Convoy, and volunteers are at the center of reaching those in need of food, water, shelter and hope. Our volunteers around the world enable us to bring hope to those who need it most.

I once read a quote from an unknown source that spoke to my heart: “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”

The volunteers I see every day show me that I’m living in a community I can be proud of. I see volunteers giving countless hours to sorting cans, filling shoe orders, bagging groceries, packing beans, rice or pasta, and the list goes on.

I see volunteers traveling the world to help people they don’t even know. They not only give their time, but also their money to reach destinations some would never dream of going — just to give a hand up.

That’s what volunteers do: They use their hands to give hope to those that need it. During this week of honoring those who volunteer, consider volunteering if you don’t already. Join the thousands of people around the world that make the communities we call home a better place.

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The Pack Shack Party

Just got an email from Bret Raymond, executive director of The Pack Shack, a new Northwest Arkansas anti-hunger organization dedicated to bringing people together in a “crazy fun party setting to pack healthy meals” to benefit local hunger relief organizations. Bret was writing with an update on NWA vs. Hunger, their kickoff event that recently benefitted Convoy of Hope and several other great relief organizations. Here are few sentences from Bret’s email …

“Now … the final meal count. Over two days, more than 900 people packed a total of 215,136 meals! That’s some serious funnel awesomeness! Way to go! The meals were distributed to the NWA Food Bank, 7 Hills Homeless Center, the Manna Center, and Convoy of Hope. And the meals that were given to 7 Hills on Friday afternoon were distributed on Saturday morning through their GO 7 Outreach program. Talk about immediate impact right here in NWA! As for the food [plus] drive, we estimate that 3,000-4,000 pounds of non-perishable food items were donated, along with 19 slow cookers, 1 blender, a rake and shovel, and a bunch of kitchen utensils! Beyond that, the AARP Foundation donated $10,000 to the NWA Food Bank’s senior mobile pantry program! Overwhelming generosity from every direction!”

Think Bret and The Pack Shack are passionate about fighting hunger? We do, and we’re proud to have them has partners.

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