Feb 01, 2013 09:22AM ● Published by Style
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Tammy Thompson never intended to find her passion working at Folsom’s Twin Lakes Food Bank;
she started out simply looking for an opportunity to donate and happened to see the food bank while driving through town. Yet after meeting Kathy Boone, the executive director at the time, something clicked. “She was so full of grace, so humble,” Thompson explains. “We just connected.”
Soon, Thompson found herself volunteering on a part-time basis, providing food and support to families hit hard by the economic recession. After six months of splitting her time between volunteering and her job as an insurance account manager, she knew it was time to make a choice. She quit her job and went full-time at the food bank, eventually working her way up under Boone’s mentorship to the position of executive director. For Thompson, it was the best decision she ever made. She loves getting to work with more than 100 volunteers – people who dedicate their time to feeding the hungry and helping connect people with essential resources. Thompson is also hard at work for Folsom’s Hope, an organization which will encourage collaboration between community resources such as Twin Lakes Food Bank. “I’ve never been so passionate about anything in my life,” Thompson says. “The first day I came in I knew it. This was my calling.”
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