Caring Hands runs on volunteers. They allow our various programs to run smoothly, and we are so grateful for the many volunteers God has provided. Meet two of these faithful volunteers, Mike and Lisa Kinnear, who serve their neighbors through gardening.
What is your day job?
Mike is retired, and Lisa works at ITS, Inc.
What is your church home?
Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona.
How long have you been volunteering at Caring Hands?
Since April 2019.
What inspired you to serve at Caring Hands?
We wanted to help people, particularly children and veterans, receive nutritious food who may not have ready access to it. We appreciate that Caring Hands has been around for many years, has stood the test of time, and is an ecumenical organization.
What do you typically do when you volunteer?
Currently, we are involved with the new Garden at Caring Hands. The team has built a deer fence, tilled the ground, and planted over 400 tomato, pepper, cucumber, eggplant, zucchini, squash, and pumpkin seeds and plants. As of October 11, we have harvested over 2800 pounds of fresh produce for the pantry!
Tell us about a time your work blessed you as a volunteer at Caring Hands.
We are heartened by all the hard work of so many people who volunteer at Caring Hands to help others in need.
What do you wish people knew about Caring Hands?
We wish more people truly in need knew about and used the services provided by Caring Hands.
Tell us one fun fact about you.
We are the owners of Dawghouse Concessions which sells the popular PickleDawgs at the Iowa State Fair.