Each month, a volunteer at SFBFS is featured for their dedication of time and talent. This month’s volunteer spotlight is:
Rosalie Furgason - March 2014
After celebrating her 93rd birthday and 12 years of volunteering with Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (SFBFS), Rosalie Furgason says that volunteering in the Food program every Monday and Friday is very satisfying.
Rosalie began working at a young age and continued to work throughout her marriage while raising 5 children. When her husband passed away 42 years ago, Rosalie decided to go back to school to get her degree, mainly to prove to herself that she could. With much encouragement from her children, Rosalie majored in Food and Nutrition with a minor in Business Administration and received her B.A. from Sac State in 1981 at the age of 60.
Rosalie says she has always wanted to help and, while volunteering with Loaves and Fishes, began to see that there was a great need in her own community. After a friend recommended SFBFS to Rosalie, she began volunteering with Bridge Builder at SFBFS, a group of senior volunteers who mailed 10,000 SFBFS newsletters each month. “I made a lot of friends doing mailing,” says Rosalie. “There was a thank you luncheon each month with staff and community speakers – it was very social.”
With the transition to e-newsletters, the Bridge Builder discontinued, but Rosalie wanted to continue giving back. After trying her hand in the Clothing program and volunteering her crochet skills through the holiday season, Rosalie found her place in the Food program in January 2011. While SFBFS was still transitioning to off-site distributions, Rosalie remembers handing out boxes at the now-retired window service. Nowadays Rosalie can be found sorting food before it goes out to SFBFS’ 12 distribution sites.
In 12 years of volunteering, Rosalie has seen SFBFS through a lot of changes. Last month she was joined by 16 SFBFS staff at El Noverella to celebrate her 93rd birthday. “Rosalie is the shining example of commitment and service in general,” says SFBFS Health and Nutrition Resource Coordinator Erika Ledbetter. “No matter what, rain or shine, she comes in every Monday and Friday. Without volunteers like her, we wouldn’t be able to carry out our mission.”
So what keeps Rosalie coming back every Monday and Friday? “The people are just so nice here,” Rosalie said. “I recommend volunteering with SFBFS to everyone I meet.”
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