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Sandy Younglove, Volunteer of the Year 2010

Our 2010 Volunteer of the Year is Sandy Younglove


Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.

Here at Food For Thought we are blessed to have the gift of hundreds of the best volunteers in Sonoma County, bar none. We could not open our doors without our volunteers. Thanks to the wealth of talent that we have in our little corner of the world, it is especially difficult to select one volunteer who stands out, who exemplifies and represents the hard work and giving spirit of so many great people. This year we are delighted to announce that we have chosen to honor Sandy Younglove as the volunteer who personifies the caring and concern of so many. 
Sandy found Food For Thought through an ad in the Press Democrat for our annual home and garden tour. She attended the event with her mother for two years and found everyone so nice that she became a garden tour volunteer. Things have come full circle, and these days Sandy serves on our Garden Tour Steering Committee. Sandy has always been a people person, evident by her positive outlook, lively personality, hearty laugh and caring heart. She has experienced life on a grand scale – she taught art, ran an art gallery in Marin County, sold fine shoes at I. Magnum, learned all about wine and ate and drank well while working in a winery in Sonoma, and spent many years caring for her own family. 
And now she is caring for us. Sandy began as a delivery driver for our clients in Santa Rosa, where she continues to feel very needed and appreciated. She drives from her home in Petaluma and her 91 year old mother often accompanies her on her route. Being a driver warms her heart. Sandy’s clients call her by name and always give big hugs of trust and appreciation. “At the holidays, everyone was so grateful, and I realized how lucky and blessed I am to be working for an organization that can help without judgment.”
She has added food drive volunteer to her repertoire, much to the delight of our food drive coordinator, Neil Grosman, who says he could not run food drives without her. “She always says yes! Sandy exudes a nonstop joy that is contagious to all our other volunteers and shoppers as well.” Sandy maintains that she now gets to see the whole process, from collecting food at food drives to delivering food to clients, and she loves it all.
Most recently, Sandy has joined the Food For Thought Board of Directors. She felt honored to be asked to join and is looking forward to knowing more about the inner workings and being a part of the decision making process. “This is a special opportunity for me and a first time experience serving on a board.”
Sandy’s generosity extended to our antique and collectible store, FFT Antiques, when she asked store manager Allen Chivens, to manage the estate sale for her mother’s property in San Rafael. This was a great opportunity as the two- day sale benefitted Food For Thought.  
In her spare time, Sandy volunteers for Guide Dogs for the Blind where she has worked in a clerical position for 10 years. She has her own German Shepherd, six- year-old Kate. Sandy loves working with and for Food For Thought, an organization that she feels is well-known and respected and where she views the staff are role models for giving and respect – respect for clients and volunteers.We love working with Sandy. Her positive attitude towards giving and her “say yes” style is a model for us all.