We are moving right along here in Central Kentucky during our “slow” season. While the donations have predictably decreased during winter, other work continues– so it’s never really slow! We use this time to plan for the rest of the year. I’m following up with community members to schedule speaking events, checking in with our seasoned volunteers (and onboarding new folks, too), and letting our sources know we’ll still be around when extra fruits and veggies are available. It’s also time to reflect on the previous year. What worked well? What did we learn? What can we do better?
June 2023 marked my first full year in this position at Glean Kentucky. I got to work through every season, experience the highs and lows, and interact with our incredible volunteers and sources. I had the privilege of watching the meaningful work our recipients do. I woke up extra early, drove all over the region, and sweat in places that no human ever should during peak gleaning season– all alongside folks who believe in our mission. It was a year of discovery and appreciation. I can’t wait to see how Central Kentucky’s operation will continue to grow and change in 2024!