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!

Volunteer of the Week: Sebastian

This is Sebastian Randolph. He is an amazing volunteer for Sustainable Renton. There are so many ways people can volunteer for this organization. Sebastian loads food every week from Preston Food Bank to be given away at the Free Grocery Store.

We love the young folks that come to volunteer because it saves some of the older folks’ backs! Thank you young folks!!

Volunteer of the Week: TJ

TJ is one of Sustainable Renton’s invaluable volunteers.

TJ is one of our great volunteers that show up week after week to be of service to Sustainable Renton’s Free Grocery Store. If you are interested in volunteering at our Free Grocery Store, here is the link to sign up. There are many opportunities to get involved with this amazing organization. If Mondays don’t work for volunteering, there are other days during the week when we need help picking up gleans and sorting through food.

If you don’t know about it already, we do have Sustainable Renton Community Farm located in the East Renton Highlands neighborhood. This garden is open anytime of during the week for volunteer opportunities. After a short training session, volunteers are welcome to come and work at the garden whenever their schedule allows. Please email sustainablerenton@gmail.com to arrange a training session and let the fun begin!

Refrigerated Truck

Good Day all and a big thanks to all the individuals and organization for your support to meet the $7000 to purchase our Refrigerated truck. This truck has been a huge help in the pickup and delivery of foods and other products to hand out at our Free Grocery Store happening every Monday evening between 5:30 and 7:30. Currently we are delivering to approximately 1000 people a month which this truck aids with so, Thanks Again.

Sustainable Renton

Sustainable Renton has volunteer opportunities

We would love to put any of our tech savvy enthusiasts to work on our website. It is a simple WordPress format and it could use some spiffy-ing up.

We need someone familiar with G-Suite that can get our organization established with all that it entails.

If you are qualified and available to spend a few hours a month to help a good cause please email us at sustainablerenton@gmail.com.

Of course, we are always looking for volunteers to help at the Free Grocery Store on Mondays anytime between the hours of 3pm and 9pm. Come when you can and stay as long as you want.

Our Gleaning Project operates throughout the week. We need people to volunteer to take on certain pick-ups/deliveries. Some of our food goes directly to the area’s homeless camps. We need folks that will sort the food and box it back it up. There are a variety of ways that one can help. If interested, please fill out this form.

Lastly, our Community Garden has opportunities to serve year round and on your own schedule. Once a volunteer is given the introductory tour and shown the tasks that need to be completed, they can then decide when they are available to do the tasks. We do have planned work parties throughout the growing season however, there are many ongoing tasks that would be ideal for a monthly or weekly commitment. If interested in this volunteer opportunity please email sustainablerenton@gmail.com

Sustainable Renton Community Farm has garden plots available

To anyone that has visited our garden, you know how beautiful and peaceful this piece of land is. Celebration Church has been so gracious to allow us to grow food here for 8 years! If you are a new gardener or a seasoned green thumb we would love to have you join us in our growing journey.

We offer a Seed Lending Library, hand tools, wheelbarrows, rototiller, a small green house, unlimited free burlap sacks and wood chips to aid in your adventure of gardening with us. If you are a new gardener there are a lot of opportunities to learn about gardening and best practices. If you are a seasoned gardener we would love your input and will utilize your skill base to help others.

Please email sustainablerenton@gmail.com if you are interested in gardening with us.