Volunteer of the week: Judy H

Judy Holcomb SRCF Garden Manager

Judy started gardening at Sustainable Renton Community Farm a few years back. She made herself available to act as Garden Manager shortly thereafter and she has proven herself to be an invaluable asset to our organization. Judy is dedicated, hard working and loves to garden.

Thanks to Judy for all of her work at the garden. She has added her skills and strengths in a way that make the garden run smoothly. It is not an easy task to keep the garden operating. From the constant deer repelling to morning glory hashing to pathway weed intrusion, compost turning, cardboard and burlap acquisition, port o potty cleaning and wood chip hauling, there is never a dull moment in the life of a garden manager and Judy is pulling it off without so much as a hitch. Great job Judy!!

A quick shout out to the assistant Garden Manager, Ed Dilag, who has been indispensable this year and will have his own feature very soon. Thanks Ed!

St. Matthew’s and Sustainable Renton collaborate for a Holiday Gala

This holiday season we will be raising funds to support the Free Grocery Store. Our Grocery Store is currently held in the parking lot of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church every Monday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. We serve 115 cars every week on average. These cars sometimes collect food for multiple families. This service is so crucial during these uncertain times.

Funds will go to support all of the operational expenses of the grocery store. We have equipment rental fees, insurance fees, volunteer appreciation funds, contract labor fees, weekly purchases for ice during the summer months, bleach, gloves, sponges, masks, paper and canvas bags, feminine hygiene products, baby items, etc.

We are asking for services and items for our auction and community participation in spreading the word.

Snacks and drinks provided, entertainment and fun to be had for all.

For donated items please contact sustainablerenton@gmail.com

Volunteer of the Week: Julie Johnston

Julie Johnston

Julie J has been volunteering for the Free Grocery Store since it first started happening in the parking lot at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in July of 2020. Julie is the coordinator of the bakery section every Monday and works the line to hand out pastries, breads, cakes, rolls, and tortillas. Julie’s great attitude and willingness to serve are infectious and so appreciated! Thank you Julie for all that you do!

Volunteer of the Week: David

David Hackney is a member of the Washington House of Representatives from the 11th District. Our Free Grocery Store lies in the center of the district David represents. He has been volunteering weekly since he first heard about our project. It is truly inspiring to see politicians that are not afraid to get in the middle of the community and have their boots on the ground in helping their community.

Thank you David!!

Volunteer of the week: Steve

Steve Randolph: Volunteer of the week

Steve Randolph is the current acting President of Sustainable Renton. He has been invaluable to our organization during this crazy time of COVID and before. Steve has put in a tireless effort since 2010 when we began. He is not only volunteer of the week, he could easily be volunteer of the decade. Thanks for all you do for us Steve.

Volunteer of the Week: Mariah Hayden

Mariah Hayden at the check-in station for the Free Grocery Store

This week we are featuring Mariah Hayden as Volunteer of the Week at Sustainable Renton’s Free Grocery Store. Mariah is in charge of the check in station and making sure that our volunteers are following specific COVID protocol. Mariah puts in a very long day every Monday with volunteers signing in from 1pm to 7pm. She is very appreciated.

Volunteer of the Week: Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson Interview

Jim has been volunteering for some time now. He does more than just Mondays at the Free Grocery Store. On Tuesdays and Saturdays he helps with sorting food and then he makes sandwiches and hands out lunches to the folks that might need them in the Safeway parking lot off of Rainier Ave between 2nd and 3rd Ave S in downtown Renton. Jim is a real gift to Sustainable Renton, St. Matthew’s and to our community. Thanks Jim!