Every month on the blog, we highlight an SFBFS staff member to give you a peek inside SFBFS’ operations and the people who make the organization run!
This month’s featured staff member is Anthony (Tony) Schneider, Volunteer Services Coordinator:
- What’s your favorite thing about working at SFBFS? This one is easy! I love the shared culture among co-workers. Once a day, it is guaranteed that at least one co-worker will make me laugh or bring a smile to my face and once a day it is guaranteed that I will try my hardest to do the same for at least one co-worker. If you can’t smile, what can you do? Working for a non-profit, in a city that relies so heavily on their services, can be stressful at times and I believe if it wasn’t for the little things each day, a joke, a laugh, or water jug talk, that my job would not be as enjoyable as it is.
- What does a typical workday at SFBFS look like for you? I arrive every morning at 7:57 a.m. and immediately make a full pot of coffee, because my priorities are straight. My morning, after coffee, consists of making sure the staff, who work directly with volunteers, are aware and ready for the days scheduled activities. Whether the activities are in warehouse 1 with Ross, or warehouse 3 with Jason, or both, I always stop by to check on activities for volunteers and where there is the most need. I then plop down at the desk and respond to individual and group volunteer inquiries along with updating availability for the weeks/months ahead and work on special projects. Currently, I am working on a few projects including an Action Plan for SFBFS Service Enterprise Certification and a presentation for SFBFS’ 2nd annual Partner Agency Conference regarding Volunteer Services. I usually give at least one tour a day as well, I love tours because there is so much that individuals do not know about SFBFS and it is awesome when they learn something new and take it with them when they leave to inform others who may not know.
- What inspires you in supporting the SFBFS mission and culture? The support from staff, but more so the support from the people in Sacramento. Over 10,000 individuals visited Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services last year as volunteers. That number is CRAZY! The support from the local community is what makes the clock tick for me each day at work and reminds me of how loving and caring humans can be.
- What is your favorite pastime? Obviously, the Green Bay Packers, but that is not so much a pastime as it is a lifestyle given my upbringing in the great city of Green Bay. However, on my days off, and occasionally during the week, I enjoy spending time in a golf cart with 15 TaylorMade clubs and good company on any number of golf courses in the Sacramento area. Along with becoming frustrated on the links a few times a week, I also love to watch and follow the PGA Tour and other sports throughout the year. Avid golf fans, my picks for each week are as follows: Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker and Bubba Watson.
- What is your favorite fruit or veggie and why? My favorite fruit is chicken wings and my favorite vegetable is pizza. In all seriousness, my favorite fruit is grapes because of their versatility. You can eat them plain, in yogurt, on a PB&J sandwich, etc… etc… My favorite vegetable has to be banana peppers; they are like candy to the pallet. Yum! Yum! Yum!