Updated: Feb 25
Barb Anderson has volunteered at the Dublin Food Pantry for more than 10 years, serving as a Co-Leader for the Thursday Morning Crew, helping with Tuesday Faith Community sign-ups, and recently completing four years on the Board.
“We count on Barb for her insight and ideas,” says Denise (Dinky) Youngsteadt-Parrish, Executive Director, "and Barb’s title at DFP is Faith Community Liaison, because Barb brings her years of experience and appreciation for the wonderful contributions that the varied faith communities offer to the Dublin Food Pantry and the community at large."
Dublin Food Pantry is in its 44th year and has gratefully relied on the Dublin area Faith Community for volunteers, contributions, and referrals for each of those years. Some years different groups offer different support. Barb works to make sure that all groups feel welcome to be part of DFP's efforts. One of our programs involves signing up for a Month of Tuesdays. As Barb explains, “DFP relies on the assigned group to provide needed volunteers for each Tuesday morning of their month before and during pantry shopping hours. We really appreciate and value this time commitment!" Currently, both April and September are available for a group to sign up to provide Tuesday morning volunteers.
If you have heard of Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders (SAIL) or Women of Religious Diversity (WORD) or are familiar with the contributions that area Faith Communities offer to the Dublin Food Pantry (DFP) located at Dublin Community Church (DCC), then you might already know Barb – and why she has been referred to as a “queen of acronyms.”
A brief description of both SAIL and WORD can be found below, along with upcoming events.
While this is important work, it is also fun! As Barb explains, “I knew I wanted to help the pantry, and had in small ways, but decided to commit to volunteering every Thursday. Now, I look forward to working with the Thursday Pantry Set-Up Team and co-leader Lissa Campbell. It is always interesting meeting new volunteers, and sometimes going out after our shift to a coffee shop to continue conversations.” Barb also pointed out, “So many positives take place at the pantry every day and I enjoy being part of the volunteer team working with Dinky and Jim" referring to DFP’s Executive Director and Operations Director. In addition to once a month full-cart shopping, the Dublin Food Pantry also offers fresh produce weekly during pantry hours.
Barb and her husband, Dr. Tom Anderson, a Radiation Oncologist at Ohio Health, are both very involved at Dublin Community Church. Tom is currently Chair of the Dublin Community Church Foundation and Barb serves on the Mission Committee. Tom has served on several boards at Ohio University and at The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Columbus Cancer Clinic. They volunteer with Meals on Wheels, and Barb has volunteered with the Columbus Cancer Clinic as well.
Tom and Barb are very proud of their 2 adult children. Mollie is a George Washington University grad and completed graduate school at Marymount University. She is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor with Phoenix House in Arlington, Virginia. Ryan graduated from High Point University in High Point, North Carolina and is employed by Lowe's Corporate in Mooresville, NC as a Digital Media Marketing Analyst.
A BRIEF LOOK AT S.A.I.L. AND W.O.R.D.
Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders (SAIL): Fr. Stephen Smith, Pastor Terry Hofecker, and Imran Malik formed SAIL about 10 years ago to foster peace and acceptance among people of all faiths and as a way to inform people about the Islamic faith specifically.
The next SAIL event is Thursday, May 7th, 7:30-9:30 p.m., a Ramadan/Iftar Dinner celebrating the National Day of Prayer with speakers from many different faiths.
Women of Religious Diversity (WORD) meets at Dublin Community Church on Fridays, September through May, from 9:15AM -11:15AM Childcare is offered free of charge for the Friday morning group. This is a diverse group of women of many faiths, including Muslim, Catholics, Protestants seeking to understand each other's faiths in an attitude of acceptance. There is also a Thursday evening group of 7-10 women that meet from 7PM - 8:30PM the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month for Bible and book studies. Childcare is not offered on Thursdays.
If you have questions about attending an event, please contact Barb Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Patte Widerschein