We were surprised by an unusual summer storm, but the rain could not dampen the spirits of the volunteers and supporters who gathered at the home of WBH Founder and President Barbara Goldberg for the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue. Weather for the event started off warm and clear, but halfway through the skies darkened, and rain sent everyone scurrying. The team immediately rallied together to move the whole party inside in record time, and everyone quickly resumed eating, drinking, and enjoying each other's company inside Barbara's lovely home.
After everyone had a chance to fill their plates with barbecued chicken and salads, Barbara stood to thank all of the volunteers for their time and effort and to congratulate them on all they have done to help Wells Bring Hope achieve the incredible feat of funding 343 wells since 2008. Barbara also announced that, in response to the increasingly incidence of drought and famine in Niger, Wells Bring Hope has set the ambitious goal of drilling an additional 250 wells in the next three years. Finally, Barbara spoke briefly about the recent trip to Niger and welcomed special guests Sam Jackson and Kim Lorenz, both from our partner World Vision.
Next, Director of Operations Kate Cusimano announced the winners of the Volunteer of the Year Award. Rebecca Cover, Director of the Grant Team, and Norma Gutierrez, Social Media Team Manager, were the incredibly deserving recipients. Unfortunately, as both women live out of state, neither could accept her award in person, but we celebrated their accomplishments.
Finally, Director of Volunteer Management Ida Harding rose to praise the hard work of our incredible volunteer team. At any one time, there are roughly 50 active volunteers scattered across the country, and Wells Bring Hope could not fulfill its mission of saving lives with safe water without their dedication and support.
Special thanks to Helen Hasenfeld who took these terrific photos. What a photogenic group!