June Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Mondell

Karen Mondell has worked for the pantry for 19-20 years. She started volunteering at the NFP when her temple, Beth Elohim in Wellesley, had an annual service day, and since she lived in Newton and had a friend who volunteered at the NFP, she went in to clean the shelves, and soon began volunteering on Saturdays.

Karen is one of the Saturday supervisors at the pantry, and her main role is to check in clients at the desk. Karen says, “I’ve known many of our clients for years. I think it’s very important to create a welcoming atmosphere for our clients and treat them with respect. I greet them by name when I can, making the experience more personal for them.” She has also been doing home deliveries for a long time, and has throughly enjoyed getting to know the clients to whom she brings food, because she realizes that the visit is just as important to them as the food. Karen has met some amazing people this way.

In addition to volunteering at the pantry, Karen works part-time at a non-profit in Wellesley called Wellesley Family Aid, which provides services to Wellesley residents, many of whom are low income clients who use the Wellesley Food Pantry. During her spare time, she likes to quilt and play her new sport, pickle ball. She also enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two-year old granddaughter.

Thank you, Karen, for everything you have done for the pantry over the years!