From Stranger to Volunteer Coordinator by Deb Johnson
Just 15 months ago, I was a stranger to this wonderful community known as ECHO.
In April of last year, there was an environmental fair about 50 miles north of Fort Myers in a town called North Port. An interesting display caught my attention and I made the decision right away to check out this place called ECHO. I visited the very next week and just like most first timers I was blown away. The tropical beauty, passionate people and most of all, the extraordinary mission makes this place seem to be a bit of heaven on earth. I became a volunteer and the seed that ECHO planted in my world was beginning to grow. Read More.
As time went on, the Volunteer Coordinator position became available and to my delight I was given the chance to further my involvement and deepen my commitment to ECHO’s vision. It is a gift and an honor to be in a position to interact with so many interesting and wonderful people from our dedicated staff to long-time volunteers, amazing interns and excited new folks visiting the Global Farm for the first time.
From my particular vantage point working with you, our amazing volunteers, I see the impact first hand of God touching hearts through ECHO’s work . The effects are powerful and renewing – honestly life-changing. I’ve come to realize that by being a small part of the effort enabling small-scale farmers to grow food for their families, I get the chance to grow my own soul in spirit and love. Thank you for all that you do!