From Colorado Springs, CO
Story Type: Volunteers
Programs Used: Gardens
How We Helped: Nutritious Food
When Dick Prud’homme retired, he had a lot of free time on his hands. He began searching for a place to volunteer where he could use his skills and know he was making a difference. Dick began volunteering monthly in Care and Share’s gardens with staff member Donna Ross. He learned so much that he says he was able to practice his new-found skills in his own backyard at home!
Dick is an amazing carpenter, and he put those skills to good use for the hungry children we serve year-round. Dick built a beautiful vegetable stand for one School Pantry, along with portable hand-washing stations for kids to use before receiving their summer snacks and meals through our Children’s Nutrition Initiative. Dick has also volunteered at several local food pantries that receive food from Care and Share. He now understands just how many people are struggling with hunger right here in Southern Colorado. He says “the pantries are eye opening for sure, being able to see that these people really need us.” Dick “has more time than money,” and he encourages others to do what they can with what they have. You just never know how much of a difference you can make until you get involved.