Washington County Harvest of Hope gleans, grows, and gives food to programs that feed hungry people in our communities.
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On a sunny noon at the Busy Bee over a delicious BLT, long-time Marietta resident Darryl Ting shared warmth, intelligence, and his many reasons for volunteering as a driver with Harvest for Hope.
Darryl’s love for Harvest of Hope (HoH) started during a slideshow presented during a meeting at his church, the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta (FUUSM). He thought HOH was “doing some pretty neat things,” and was immediately interested in helping. The idea of Harvest of Hope appeals to Darryl because “it solves two problems, which become the solution for each other: excess and need.” He is pleased to see local support and donor generosity, which has allowed HoH over the years to make needed improvements to better distribute the food which benefits our neighbors and our community.
He likes the idea of community service and has spent many of the 23 years of his retirement adding his strength to our community endeavors. He is drawn to the idea of a “creative process producing a tangible product,” and enjoys also volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. “Marietta has a strong sense of community,” Darryl shares, adding that many folks in the Marietta community “choose to do.” He cites as example the community playground built in a week by volunteers from everywhere in the community: churches, schools, colleges, neighbors, families with children. He saw college students skip classes because they were “learning something really important here,” and that, for many, service became “addictive.”
A “hands-on kind of person,” Darryl worked for Shell chemical as a chemical engineer and an engineer manager consultant. Born in Hawaii, Marietta is the place he and his wife, Cynthia, have chosen for 49 years as home. Darryl likes small towns and enjoys traveling the backroads to wind through the small towns. He thinks about the reasons that small towns came into being and the common set of problems we face. Marietta’s community responses feel good, he says, make the area attractive, and he is proud to live here. His measure of success is simple and profound: “Did you have joy? Did you give joy to others?”
“I am glad this happens here in my home,” Darryl says. “We are looking out to take care of each other.”
Harvest of Hope is looking for some additional volunteers. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in a rewarding volunteer opportunity.
The need is great
Each week, more than 25% of our food goes to waste in the United States. Many individuals go hungry or eat low-nutrition foods that fill their stomachs but don't provide a healthy diet.
In Washington County alone, 16.4% of our population and 21.4% of our children live in poverty. Help feed the hungry in our communities by joining hands with Harvest of Hope!
By the numbers
Food Recovered since 2005: 1,000,000 lbs.
Volunteers: More than 100 helping in all aspects of the organization.
Community Gardens: 4 gardens serving; 77 individuals, 39 households, 3 organizations.
Agencies Served: 42 with 24 receiving regular deliveries.
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