John finds new opportunity at Master’s Hands!

In 2018, John McKinney started splitting his work day between AM Transport and Carle Richland Memorial Hospital. 

One of AM Transport’s core principles is to give back to the community where we live and work, and John’s volunteering was a natural offshoot of that principle. A people person, John found working with the residents in the long-term care unit a true joy.

But when the pandemic hit, John was no longer able to volunteer as hospitals became very restrictive in an attempt to protect patients and staff from COVID outbreaks.

“I miss the people,” John told me. “I used to eat lunch with a different resident every day. They were my friends. A couple of these friends have died during the pandemic, and I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye.”

But John hasn’t allowed this to get in the way of his mission to do good in the community. The Monday following Thanksgiving, he started volunteering at Master’s Hands in Olney.

The Master’s Hands was founded in 2011 as a Not-For Profit food ministry, working to provide food for people in financial need.  They also run a second-hand thrift shop from their Whittle Avenue location.

So what does John do at Master’s Hands?

Every afternoon, John leaves AM Transport and heads to Master’s Hands to do a variety of tasks to help with food delivery. “Mostly, I unload trucks,” John told me.

He works with other dedicated volunteers. All very nice people who are committed to helping those in need.

On Tuesdays, the folks at Master’s Hands provide food to people who otherwise would be dealing with food insecurity .

“For the past couple of weeks, we have served about 65 different families,” John said. “I box up the food according to how many are in a family including any pets. Once the food is boxed up, I load it into cars.”

The pandemic has definitely played a part in how many people in our area need help. And John and the group at Master’s Hands are doing a great service.

“I really missed volunteering. I’m so glad to be back at it,” John said.