Mary Ann, Teacher turned Volunteer - SHIM

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Mary Ann, Teacher turned Volunteer

Mary Ann, volunteerOur volunteers have an incredible impact on their South Hills neighbors! We’re grateful for their tireless work in powering our programs. We depend on volunteers to stock pantry shelves, drive trucks to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, tutor kids, mentor teens, harvest vegetables, call seniors, enter data, and welcome clients and supporters to our facilities. We can’t imagine life without these caring people!

One of these volunteers is Mary Ann Shiring. After teaching for many years in the Bethel Park school district, Mary Ann joined SHIM’s volunteer workforce when she retired.

“There’s so much that SHIM does for people, and I just felt like I wanted to be a part of that.”

She helps organize personal care items, filling between 200-250 bags each week and helps distribute supplies to pantry clients on distribution days.

Mary Ann loves volunteering at SHIM. She feels fulfilled by her work and encourages others to volunteer. She loves seeing how appreciative clients are.

“It makes us feel good to be able to just help out in a small way.”

With only 24 full-time employees, SHIM relies on the 260+ volunteers who donate their time to support the 8,000 people relying on SHIM for help each year. With the cost of a volunteer hour estimated at $31.80, volunteers saved SHIM $530,000 in 2022 in labor costs. Not only are volunteers generous with their time, but they are dedicated ambassadors of SHIM’s work in the community. Our volunteers truly embody our slogan of “neighbors helping neighbors.”

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