At NMC, connecting with our community is important and our staff have supported those connections through a couple of recent volunteer initiatives.
In 2019, NMC began working with other community organizations to help NorthWest Family Foods stay open one evening each week—giving much-needed access to the food shelf during after-work hours. One Thursday evening each month, NMC’ers volunteer at the food shelf to help the NorthWest Family Foods staff extend the hours of service. The Franklin County Business and Professional Women and the St. Albans Rotary Club join NMC in the week-night volunteering—a true community collaboration.
In another staff activity, NMC Departments volunteer each month to gather staples for Martha’s Community Kitchen, supporting the organization’s work in providing lunches for community members every day from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Staff provide needed items like spaghetti, beans, coffee, iced tea, sugar and cleaning products, responding to needs expressed by the kitchen staff. Martha’s Kitchen has been a part of our community for 30 years, and this year moved to a new location on Lake Street, a spot that offers more room, better kitchen space, increased storage and all in a homey and comfortable atmosphere.
NMC’ers have enjoyed being able to support the community through these programs and have welcomed the time spent with co-workers on such important work outside the walls of our organization.