Noni L.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a native Washingtonian and teach pre-school in upper NW. I also have three daughters and volunteer at my church and local philanthropy groups.

Why did you get involved originally, what made you want to volunteer and why Martha’s Table?

I first came to Martha’s Table on a community service outing with my daughter’s Middle School. We made sandwiches and prepped vegetables for McKenna’s Wagon. Later I returned with an older daughter to serve over the summer together on the Wagon. That experience opened her eyes to the circumstances of so many hungry, homeless people in our neighborhoods. Their stories helped her grow in an understanding of the great needs in our city.

Is there a moment that stands out in your mind about your volunteer experience, with another volunteer or with our staff?

What inspires me about Martha’s Table is its mission to support a wide range of people in so many important and varied ways, from essential food, to care and education.   The sense of community at the Children’s Center is so strong. Teachers (who are parents themselves) really know our families and have watched the children grow up from babies to school age kids. They remember everyone’s name and how far they have come as students.  There is a spirit of love and camaraderie that I enjoy so much.  At a time when there are so many different organizations serving different needs, I love that Martha’s Table is dedicated to one neighborhood and supports families over the long-term. It is an institution that models what community is supposed to be.