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Drew McKenna is a fantastic asset to CORA. He dedicates two days per week volunteering at CORA along with his friend, Alan Waibel. Drew and Alan ensure that we have bags packed for the Friday Drive-thru service, help with retail recovery, TEFAP packing, and any other tasks that are requested. Though Drew may seem a bit shy, he is always happy to talk about Boston athletics, his participation in basketball and soccer, or exchange greetings. His face lights up with joy when you speak to him.






Babs is an awesome volunteer who helps keep the pantry in order! She offers great suggestions and takes initiative to get tasks done during, and outside of daily food service. Babs brings jokes and lightheartedness to the pantry. Her volunteer shifts are spent on Sort and Stock, Retail Recovery program, and supporting pantry needs. The staff appreciates Babs being part of CORA.









At this point, Cathy Smith is a professional Choice Assistant. She has been working the Choice table weekly for the past 9 months! She connects genuinely with the families we serve and has built rapport with many of them too. Cathy has become a great leader to new volunteers working the Choice table and is someone you can lean on when food distribution gets really busy. We appreciate the time, energy, and care that she offers CORA each week.








Jamie hit her one-year mark as a dedicated CORA volunteer early in March 2023. Jamie floats around pantry roles helping out with packing CORA bags, sorting & stocking, as well as the choice table. She has been practicing her Spanish skills to better communicate with families we serve at the choice table. Jamie has also helped out by assisting new volunteers on their first day, staying past her shift time to help others, and keeping an upbeat attitude while being here. Thanks a bunch for being part of the CORA crew!







Jeff started his volunteer work with CORA in mid-September. So far, he has completed over 120 volunteer hours and has been a real help in transitioning CORA into the new building. Jeff is always very kind, patient, and helpful during his shifts and understands that providing food to those in need in our community makes a big difference.








Shalonda Wells has lifted spirits at the Pantry every week since August 2020. Her clever graphic t-shirts and lively stories cultivate an atmosphere of light-heartedness and joy within the walls of the Pantry. She is constantly seeking ways to take an extra step of care and concern for the people we serve and is willing to help with any task necessary to support others.









Phyllis has been volunteering at CORA since December 2021 and is a familiar face in the pantry. She has dedicated nearly 250 service hours and is often at CORA three days a week. She has volunteered in many different roles and will fill in wherever needed. However, we know her favorite place is diligently sorting, stocking, and keeping the Pantry organized. She is constantly in motion, ensuring our families get the food they need.








Donna began volunteering with CORA a little over a year and a half ago. When she first started in February 2022, you would usually find her making CORA bags for our drive-thru service. Since our move to Choice shopping, Donna has volunteered for different jobs, but her primary focus has been as a Community Connector. She spends her time greeting and checking in neighbors, while helping maintain order in the waiting area. We appreciate Donna’s commitment to CORA and our community.








Donna Neithercut began volunteering with CORA in April 2022. On her first day, she tried a Sort & Stock shift and has been keeping the Intake area organized and tidy ever since. Donna dedicates two to three days a week to working in the Pantry and is always ready to assist wherever she’s needed. Although Donna may be modest about her contributions at CORA, we recognize how fortunate we are to have her spend so much time with us.