Vanceburg View: The Latest News From the Glenmary Farm

Posted: 2/6/2013

An Update From Glenmary's Volunteer Office

Joe Grosek, Volunteer Program DirectorWinter 2013

It has been a while since I last gave you an update on activities at the Farm. Since that time, Glenmary has seen Abigail Carty finish her second term as a Glenmary Farm manager, has operated a successful summer program in Tennessee, and has welcomed Julian Smith as a Farm manager.

Welcome to Newest Farm Manager

In January, Kirk Woita started work as the newest Glenmary Farm manager, joining fellow managers Walter Plummer and Julian Smith. Kirk, who is from Lincoln, Neb., has a degree in history and hopes to share in the mission and ministry of the Farm. He previously worked for the United States Postal Service in Nebraska.

Project Merry Christmas a Success

On Dec. 21, the Glenmary Farm again participated in Project Merry Christmas. This annual program is operated by the Lewis County Ministerial Association, an ecumenical association of county churches, to help those in need in Lewis County at Christmastime. Glenmary's Holy Redeemer mission, an association member, has been an active participant in Project Merry Christmas for many years.

This year, the program provided Christmas gifts to 400 children and food vouchers to over 250 families in need. I would like to thank the many local volunteers, volunteers from Loyola University of Chicago, Farm manager alumni, and gift and food donors for making this year's program such a success.

Thanksgiving, Christmas Food Handouts Help Meet Needs

I would like to thank all those who donated food, and packed and handed out boxes, for a smooth and productive Thanksgiving and Christmas handout for Lending a Helping Hand Food Pantry. Food donations at the pantry were up and down all year, but we had plenty of food—including hams—for families at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For Thanksgiving, the pantry served 468 individuals and families with food boxes, and for Christmas, 300 families received food. The latter number was down because of inclement weather. Just a reminder: the pantry is always looking for food and monetary donation to help those in need in Lewis County.

Some Summer 2013 Spots Still Open for Volunteer Groups

Want to bring a group to the Glenmary Farm during the summer of 2013? Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the following weeks have opened up for groups interested in sharing in our mission in Lewis County: June 16-22, July 6-12, July 14-22 and August 11-17. There is room for one group of 12 for each of these weeks. If you are interested, please contact me.

Wish List

If you're able to donate, or help fund the purchase of, any of the following items needed at the Glenmary Farm, contact me for further information. Thank you!
• Furniture
• Shovels
• Lawn mowers
• Weed trimmer
• Coffee pot
• Splitting maul or axe for splitting firewood
• Lumber for projects
• New van
• Kitchen items like can openers, cups, bowls, large and small spoons