Be the change!

Spotlight on Will Sass!

Tome Ryan honored for his service

A huge Thank You to all the volunteers for Collier Harvest!!

Collier Harvest is an almost 100% volunteer organizations with just 3 paid employees and roughly 120 volunteers. Many of our volunteers have been with us from the very beginning starting back in 1992. They bring with them their life experiences, skills, abilities, compassion and smiles. They volunteer for many different reasons. Some were involved with food banks up north and wanted to continue this work when they moved to Florida. Other volunteers have taken over the delivery routes originally done by their parents. Newer volunteers caught the Collier Harvest bug after working a Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Whatever the reason, they give their time generously without any expectation of reward. We could not do the work we do without our amazing, dedicated volunteers and for this we give thanks from the bottom of our hearts!

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."

Volunteering with Collier Harvest

When you join Collier Harvest, you meet people who continually experience the joy of giving to less fortunate people in our area. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, but we share the common goal of eliminating hunger in Collier County.

We are always looking for individuals and groups who are willing to help us with our mission. Church groups, service clubs and businesses often commit to one day a week where a member from their group will do a preassigned food pick up and delivery. Working in this manner groups can make a difference, and no one individual commits to a schedule that may be too demanding on an ongoing basis.

Volunteer Spotlight: Will Sass

How long have you volunteered with CH and what are your responsibilities? I’ve been a surplus driver for 4 years. My route includes deliveries to the Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida and Goodlette Arms Apartments.

How did you hear about CH? I responded to a request for volunteer drivers through the weekly bulletin at St. Williams Catholic Church.

What made you want to volunteer? I worked in education for 31 years. 26 of those years were right here in Collier County. When I retired, as much as I enjoyed my freedom, I could sense a continued yearn to do for others. Perhaps that is what placed me in the direction of education and kept me in it for so long. Providing assistance to those who need us defines a major component of that kind of work. I was a School Psychologist and worked in many schools in the district. It gave me great satisfaction knowing I was a member of a team of people contributing to the good of children.

What does volunteering mean to you? Volunteering helped me recapture the wonderful feeling of helping others. I never expected any thanks and was happy to be the driver that simply made food available to those in need. One day, a lady at the Goodlette Arms apartments spoke to and thanked me. She stated she knew I was doing this of my own accord, using my time and paying for the fuel it took to make the delivery. That short message meant so much. I did not know that anyone, except for staff, knew that. I will carry that moment with me as long as I continue to make the deliveries.

We had a chance to tag along with Will on his weekly route and take a few pictures. Collier Harvest is proud and grateful to have Will on our team!

Collier Harvest Volunteer Spotlight

If you would like to know more about us or if you would like to contact us, you can use the forms on the website or give us a call at (239) 455-3663. We'll be glad to hear from you.

Weight Log

Our volunteers use this sheet to keep track of their deliveries, including the weight of goods delivered.

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