For this month’s Volunteer Spotlight we’re mixing it up! Instead of featuring one of our regulars, we’re going to meet Joanne, who spent two weeks with HIP’s Summer Eats and nutrition education programs in July. Joanne is currently working on her Masters of Public Health in Nutrition with the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Washington. Try saying that five times fast! This program requires a 40-hour fieldwork project between its first and second year, which is how Joanne came to HIP.
Though she was only at HIP for two weeks, Joanne was able to get involved with a number of our programs. She led nutrition education at our Summer Eats meal sites, using kid-friendly activities to teach participants about food groups and calcium. She also assisted with cooking demonstrations at the Lake City Farmers Market both weeks, preparing salads using seasonal ingredients from market vendors and handing out samples, and she helped with a nutrition class at Black Coffee Northwest. On top of all that, she also created macro and micro-nutrient resource sheets for HIP to use in our future classes.
Joanne’s favorite part of working with HIP was the kids that she interacted with at our meal sites. “They can be crazy but it’s fun working with the kids because I mostly worked with older adults in the past,” she explained. She added that “it’s refreshing working with a younger population, knowing you have to adjust” to different ages and backgrounds of the children across meal sites.
We’re so grateful that we got to know Joanne this summer. She’ll be spending the next year finishing up her MPH and doing rotations across various nutrition-related fields. Thank you, Joanne, for bringing so much positive energy to HIP. We can’t wait to see where you go!