Let's take a moment to learn more about FFEN volunteer, Krista Labie and her various volunteer roles and expertise!
What is your background and experience in? How does it relate to your volunteer role?
I am recently retired and have a Bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Systems. My professional experience was primarily in project management, systems implementation and support, as well as computer-related training. My last employment was with Oracle Corporation where I worked on the implementation of their internal global operational systems and processes. I am using these skills to assist FFEN with the formalization and implementation of their food shelf engagement and volunteering processes.
How did you get involved with FFEN? How long have you been volunteering with FFEN?
I responded to one of FFEN’s postings on VolunteerMatch. I have been volunteering with FFEN since December 2019.
Did you have any involvement with hunger relief efforts prior to FFEN? Can you talk about what drew you to this cause and why it's important to you?
I had no prior involvement with the hunger relief sector before working with FFEN. It was actually the nature of the work (data analysis) that drew me to the volunteer position that was offered by FFEN. However, since working with FFEN, I have enjoyed learning about the hunger relief sector just as much. It is very rewarding to use my skills for the benefit of other people.
What does a typical engagement or project look like at FFEN for you?
I have taken the FSA report training and assisted a food shelf with grant writing, but the majority of my volunteer work with FFEN has been helping create and document volunteer and food shelf engagement processes. After 9 months, we are coming close to completing this work.
Do you have any particular stories or moments from your work that you would like to share with readers? Something that illustrates the meaning and importance of the work or how you engage with FFEN's mission?
I am glad my project management background has helped FFEN formalize their food shelf engagement process by providing tips and guidance based on best project management practices. This should allow FFEN to further expand and make their engagements processes repeatable and efficient.
How has volunteering with FFEN shifted your learning or understanding of your particular field or hunger relief?
I have very much enjoyed learning about the hunger relief sector, an area that had never touched my personal life before. It made me realize that my professional background can very much be of help to organizations that typically do not engage in very formal project management practices.
Thank you Krista, for your essential behind-the-scenes work to support FFEN and our ability to engage with our partners and volunteers!
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