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Volunteer Kelly Burns shares her story on working with the food pantry

Tough times can bring out the best in people. At the beginning of the pandemic, when the community started to quarantine and businesses began shutting down, MAP put out a call to United Way of the Lakeshore seeking volunteers willing to brave it. Although MAP had many dedicated long-term volunteers, they now needed help.

Instead of allowing clients to shop and choose healthy food items, MAP had to adjust for curb-side pick-up and offer home delivery for those in isolation. They needed to change the way the pantry operates. Kelly Burns shares how she connected with Mission for Area People's Food Pantry through United Way of the Lakeshore and why she helps out. By signing up with United Way's volunteer site, she was able to give back at a time when extra hands are needed. Kelly said, "she's blessed to work with such a dedicated team at MAP."

To learn more about United Way of the Lakeshore, log onto www.unitedwaylakeshore,org/volunteer or call our office at 231-733-9672 to learn how you can volunteer.

We're celebrating 17 years with Diana Wright-Stubbs as Executive Director of Mission for Area People. She shares insight on how she got started in non-profit and what motivates her to continue this work. She talks about how the medical fund was created after the death of her daughter, Carrie Ann, and how it grew over the years to raise more than $600,000 to help our neighbors with prescriptions, medical equipment and supplies. We are so grateful for her service to the community.

Photo of Diane with her daughter Carrie Ann Wright, who passed on December 31, 1987 at 12 years old.

We are behind the scenes at MAP showing you what is given to our homeless friends in need. Diana Stubbs opens a care package with bed sheets, towels, wash cloths, toilet paper, and personal care items. MAP provides essentials to those struggling without resources. If you'd like to donate, please give our office a call at 231-733-9672. We accept new items or gently used and clean bed sheets. Toiletry packets are appreciated as well.