Community Service Recognition: Elizabeth Warren

In January, SAVMA celebrated volunteerism at the 2020 SAVMA Awards, a volunteer recognition event for all of Southern Arizona. Organizations were invited to nominate individuals for a Community Service Recognition in honor of their exceptional giving and spirit of service. Throughout the month of April, we will be highlighting these individuals and their nomination as part of VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH!

Elizabeth Warren: Volunteer Receptionist at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Elizabeth started volunteering at CFB more than 3 years ago at our reception desk. Reception is a volunteer opportunity at the Food Bank that sees everyone and everything taking place in the building, and it requires volunteers with a lot of heart, patience, compassion, and dedication. Elizabeth supports the reception desk multiple mornings every week, and does an excellent job serving those in need who come seeking services, or those who come to CFB looking for ways to help the organization and get involved. We are so grateful for Elizabeth’s time and contributions to our organization — she is truly special and appreciated for her reliability; her care for clients, volunteers, and staff; and her ability to problem solve to best serve our guests. I loved a quote from Elizabeth this morning that I think explains her very sincere, calm demeanor in a busy and ever-changing environment very well: “I like how busy it is. I try to put myself in situations where I’m uncomfortable so I can outgrow them.” Thank you Elizabeth for your dedication and for everything you do to grow, help us grow, and help us help others — we could not serve our community without you.


Elizabeth says, “I got a phone call once from a woman who had been here the day before. She had been embarrassed to get a food box but she talked to someone friendly at the front desk and they made her feel okay about it. I realized it was me—I made her feel okay. That’s my favorite moment.”

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