This month we have a very special spotlight featuring TWO volunteers, Sue (left) and Allison (right)! These two have been friends for over 30 years, and truly are two peas in a pod. They found out about HIP last summer through volunteering at The Oaks with the University Unitarian Church. Wanting to do more to help, they began cooking in the kitchen with the Shelter Meals program. Today, rarely a week goes by without these two in the HIP kitchen. You can find them at the Monday morning Senior Meal prep shift and the Thursday afternoon Shelter Meals prep shift, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Sue describes how volunteering at HIP supports one of her values, that “people need to eat without judgment.” In addition, Sue and Allison enjoy helping at an organization where they feel comfortable and capable. “We like being here because we can help,” Sue explains. “One of our goals is to be a support for you and the more we learn, the more that we can do that.” “It’s a good feeling as a volunteer…to know that the kitchen staff counts on us,” adds Allison.
Some of Sue’s favorite things to come out of the HIP kitchen include tamale pie and chicken Marbella, and Allison loves when they have a dessert that comes out just right, which isn’t always! They are also big fans of Emebet (aren’t we all?), and love when they get to try a bit of her cooking for the East African Senior Meal.
Allison and Sue are both retired teachers, and they like to keep busy. When they’re not at HIP you can find them organizing memorial receptions for their church, or out walking in Shoreline. Allison and Sue bring energy, curiosity, and a sense of humor every time they’re in the kitchen.