Being involved with Lebanon County Christian Ministries for 20 years, Noon Meal Coordinator Heather Kumler has found her calling.
Kumler’s family began its involvement with LCCM because of her mother-in-law, Wenda DiNatale, being on staff at LCCM. As a mother of three, Kumler also encourages volunteerism in her children. She and her three children had recently volunteered for Summer Food Program, which feeds children in the county.
Even though LCCM did not always have a kitchen, DiNatale still found a way to provide the county with food and Kumler was able to assist.
“Before LCCM had a kitchen of their own, my father-in-law and I would cook meals (with DiNatale) and would serve as take out at churches in our community,” said Kumler.
Kumler's responsibilities now require her to oversee the food bank and offer volunteers guidance and direction to ensure that food orders are packed with nutritious and healthy foods. She also guides volunteers by assisting in the development of the menus for the Noon Meal Program along with developing the meals themselves.
Kumler looks back on her volunteer experiences at LCCM as preparation to fulfill her responsibilities as a member of the staff at the organization. With all of her experience as a volunteer at the organization throughout the years, Kumler would tell someone who is interested in volunteering that they will get much more out of the experience than they can contribute.
When volunteering, Kumler says, “volunteers are a blessing and a necessity to the ministry, though most times volunteers receive a greater blessing.”
Written by Jensen Burnheimer
Lebanon County Christian Ministries is working in conjunction with Lebanon Valley College students to tell the story of LCCM through the lens of its volunteers, guests, staff and board throughout the season of Lent