Volunteers who inspire us: Joyice West

August 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

by Catherine McKinney, Programs VISTA

Bartlett, Texas, is a small town with an old western movie-style downtown about fifty miles northeast of Austin.  The “Wheels of Sharing” Mobile Food Pantry travels to Bartlett twice a month to distribute food to nearly 175 families, and my experience isn’t the same without Joyice West.

Joyice  is the heart of our distribution in Bartlett. She uses her deep loud voice, to direct the crowd and keeps everyone in line and in the correct order.  The distribution begins at 9:30 a.m., and she often arrives around 6 a.m. when clients begin to line-up.  She says if she isn’t out there when people start to arrive, they go to her house, knock on her door and wake her up.  Joyice is the keeper of the numbered tickets, and a ticket is required to line-up.

I am amazed by Joyice’s dedication to her volunteer duties.  Joyice says that after working at the nearby prison keeping hundreds of inmates in-check, this is a piece of cake.

Thanks, Joyice, and all of our Mobile Food Pantry volunteers in Bartlett! We couldn’t do it without you.



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