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March Volunteer Spotlight: Marilyn Crone

Marilyn Crone has volunteered for the Pantry for the past two years. She began by stocking shelves, helping with client paperwork, and writing thank you notes to donors. Now, she is delivering food on Wednesday mornings to senior housing units, and is supervising the NFP Kid’s Bags project. Marilyn is a parent, an educator, and…

March Volunteer Spotlight: Justin Traxler

Justin Traxler used to help unload deliveries for NFP at the old Waban Library location. Since the pandemic began in March, 2020, Justin has been picking up and driving a U-Haul from the Greater Boston Food Bank to the NFP and helping to load and unload deliveries. He and his team have been delivering 6,000…

December Volunteer Spotlight: Demi Dansinger

Remi Dansinger started volunteering at the Pantry with her daughters in 2017-2018, but took on a more active volunteer role when the pandemic hit in March, 2020. She used to volunteer on Saturdays doing shopping with clients, and also doing home deliveries. Now, she is the pre-bagging Supervisor for the dry bags that get distributed…

December Volunteer Spotlight: Noah Putterman

Noah Putterman started volunteering for the Newton Food Pantry this past March. His job consists of unloading and sorting groceries, doing senior bulk deliveries, and anything else that VP Cat Strahan asks of him. Noah and his wife recently moved here from Monterey, California. He says, “Working with the Pantry has helped me get to know…

September Volunteer Spotlight: Tracie Longman

Tracie Longman joined the Newton Food Pantry in 2006, when she was looking for ways to help our community after retiring from 20 years of practicing law in Boston. Initially, she spent her time as a “worker-bee,” lifting boxes and moving pallets, sorting donations, stocking shelves, and doing whatever then-President Jackie Colby needed help with to get the…

September Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Wilson-Portuondo

Maria Wilson-Portuondo joined the Newton Food Pantry in 2010, initially assisting with restocking shelves at the Waban Library location. In 2012, Maria joined a planning task force, formed with the aim of ensuring that the NFP was meeting the needs of the community, and in 2013, she joined the NFP Board as Clerk, a position she…

March Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Bellerose

Susan Bellerose started volunteering at the Newton Food Pantry in 2015. Her primary focus at the pantry has been to help clients with their shopping on Wednesday afternoons. She also compiles and distributes the pantry’s quarterly newsletter, along with periodic emails to volunteers. When asked what she has learned from her experience at the Newton Food Pantry,…

March Volunteer Spotlight: Don Mackay

Don Mackay has volunteered at the pantry for the past three years. Don works primarily on Mondays, assisting in the run to the Greater Boston Food Bank to load the food truck, then stocking shelves and freezers with the food for future distribution. He has also volunteered for the pantry bike and road race fundraisers….

December Volunteer Spotlight: Kelly Davidson

Kelly Davidson started volunteering for the pantry about seven years ago, when her friend and running partner Regina Wu inspired her to get involved. Kelly was looking for a community service opportunity that she could do together with her children, so she (and her children) started delivering food to a homebound Newton resident, and now deliver to two…

December Volunteer Spotlight: Megan Russell

Megan Russell started volunteering for the NFP two years ago, and does a variety of jobs for the pantry. She is a Wednesday afternoon volunteer, sometimes serving as shift supervisor. She is in charge of tax receipts and thank you notes for both in-kind donations and cash donations over $250. Megan is also in charge of…