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Hannah Volunteers!

June 25, 2013

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead.

Have you seen this smiling face before?

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Meet Hannah Redman, one of many Wild Ramp market volunteers.  Her role, and every volunteer who volunteers to work at the market, is essential to The Wild Ramp’s mission:  “to operate a year-round community-supported market that provides a viable economic outlet for local food producers while providing consumers access to locally grown agricultural products.”

Hannah is a senior at Marshall University, majoring in dietetics.  She also works at the Huntington Area Food Bank as the Agency Relations Assistant, when she’s not volunteering her time at The Wild Ramp or the Tri-State Literacy Council, as a literacy and ESL tutor.  Hannah’s story is an attestation of the importance social media now plays in our daily lives.  Not surprisingly, Hannah heard about The Wild Ramp on Facebook before the market even opened.  She saw other people talking about it and added The Wild Ramp’s page to her list of “likes”.

In January of 2013, Hannah began volunteering at TWR as part of a work study program at Marshall University.  The Marshall University Community Federal Work Study Program partners students with organizations that aim to improve the Huntington Area; through humanitarian programs, educational outreach and physical beautification.  The Wild Ramp is Hannah’s community partner.  As a volunteer, Hannah serves  “as a manger at the Ramp.  I do it all — run the register, answer phones, stock, work directly with producers, and oversee other volunteers during my shift.”

When asked what she has learned by volunteering at The Wild Ramp, she told me that she has  learned how important it is to know your farmer, how to care for different plants, and  how to grow her own food.  Not only is volunteering at The Wild Ramp a learning experience, but it is also a rewarding experience.  According to Hannah, volunteering at The Wild Ramp allows her to see the “customers buy foods that they enjoy” and “help our local economy.  I love the people a lot.  I love all the volunteers and board members that I work with.  They are all so passionate about it and it shows, …and it rubs off on you.”

Like so many of us, Jeni’s ice cream is Hannah’s favorite item in the market.

The next time you see Hannah at The Wild Ramp, say hello.

The Wild Ramp is staffed solely by volunteers, with the exception of one paid employee, the market manager.  That’s why volunteers like Hannah are essential to the success of The Wild Ramp.

If you would like to volunteer at The Wild Ramp or would like additional information about your organization volunteering at The Wild Ramp, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Cara Bailey, at volunteer@wildramp.org.

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