Since many of the Fourth of July’s festivities have been canceled, a few of MAP’s volunteers decided to make their own fun. This group of church friends call themselves “The Penguins” and have been a staple workforce at Mission for Area People for years. Without their extra hands, MAP could not function and do all the programs they do. Although the food pantry remains open with curbside pickup, due to COVID-19’s social distancing, regular operations are limited.
Diana Wright-Stubbs, Executive Director at MAP, knows that limited operations means her “penguins” miss each other. “They came into MAP all dressed-up in Red, White, and Blue to celebrate July 4th and eat cupcakes,” said Diana. “It’s been a long few months and we miss our ladies helping out.”
The name Penguins comes from the book "Our Iceberg is Melting," which discusses how to successfully come together to solve community conditions. A few of the congregation at Central United Methodist Church read the book and that was the beginning. Since then, the group has worked at MAP’s clothing and food pantries, newsletters, mailings, Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets and gifts, Feet & Seat Covers, and anything else that needs to be done.
To learn more about how you can get involved with volunteer opportunities at MAP, please call our office at 231-733-9672.
Pictured from left to right are Diana Wright-Stubbs, Carol Higginson, Kay Fairfield, Julie Husted, Sue Zack, Sally Wibalda, and Linda Roberts. Please note that the women pictured are only a portion of the Penguins and the group is much larger and should be acknowledged for their hard work. Thank you to all the Penguins!