I lived in an apartment complex in Detroit where I never knew one neighbor. When I tried to talk with people I would run into around the complex, they would look at me as if I was mentally challenged.

After a few more stops along the way, I finally ended up in the PR-B community. Do you know how fortunate you are to live in a place where people look you in the eye and greet you? People here care about each other and the community.

Since my retirement, volunteering has allowed me to get to know my community and the wonderful people who live and work here. I believe in the good works of the Pine River-Backus Family Center and the Pine River Area Food Shelf, and I am honored to spend my time helping them out.

You can be a part of these great programs and make a difference in our community too. The family center is looking for a few new board members to help steer the programming. Call Leslie at 218-587-4292 if you are interested.

The food shelf is hurting for volunteers because many current volunteers are snowbirds.

I worked for an organization once that allowed me (with pay) to do volunteer work I was passionate about. Maybe your business can adopt a policy of allowing employees to volunteer a few hours a month.

Just think that if you would adopt this policy of humanitarianism, it would showcase your business as a caring community partner and fulfill your workers' desire to make a difference. Rotating your employees to cover a food shelf shift each month (or week) would help us out immensely.

The coffee pot is always on. Drop by our center on Barclay Avenue or call 218-587-4292 for more information.