‘Sharing Lives’: 2017 Holiday Edition

Mandi Carsey and Officer Tyler Chavers Honored at Soup’s On Event

This year’s Soup’s On event included the presentation of: the 2017 Emily Marshall Volunteer of the Year Award to Mandi Carsey and the 2017 Community Partnership Award to Office Tyler Chavers.

Mandi is our volunteer ‘Backpack Manager’ and has been participating in that program for more than six years. Each week, she dons her hot pink safety vest and takes the lead on ensuring that bags of food are loaded correctly into the cars of volunteer delivery drivers. Fellow volunteer Ted Powell said this in his nomination of Mandy: “She can multi-task and anticipate to keep the bags and food flowing at a fast pace. She does this with the accuracy needed to make sure we don’t waste food and, more importantly, that we provide a backpack to a student in need of a meal.”

Upon receiving the award, Mandi said, “I was trying to find something to do with my kids, because I thought it was important to get involved in the community.”

Officer Chavers is the person whom our clients know best: he is the most likely to know their names, their stories, and often engages them in conversation even when there is not a crisis. He is the one that reaches out to our staff when there are people living on the street who the police believe to be highly vulnerable and in need of services. He treats people from all walks of life with compassion and respect, even when they may struggle to do the same.

After accepting his award, Officer Chavers shared, “Every individual in the room, all of you are community and you are all my examples of putting a human face on suffering and not wishing that someone else would do something, but actually doing something.”

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