Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Z. at the Shepherd Volunteer Fire Department, Shepherd, MT

Melissa recently took on the role of Volunteer Site Coordinator when she moved from Billings to Shepherd.  She jumped right in when she heard that the site was on the verge of closing.  The former Volunteer Site Coordinator had family obligations and could no longer volunteer her time.  Melissa and her family are the kindest and most caring and welcoming people I know!
When/ how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?
We started contributing way back when Vitality was the only site in Billings.
Why did you become a Site Coordinator?
We started our original site at 9th and Poly; Back then baskets became available, at noon on Monday, and they were gone in 5 minutes.  It was like buying concert tickets.  I thought the only way I am going to get a basket is if I open a site!
What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?
 Never knowing what you are going to get!  It’s always a surprise!
What is your favorite part about volunteering/running a site?
 The community.  It’s more then just fruits and veggies; it’s getting to know your neighbor, whether standing in line or working side by side filling baskets.
What are your favorite basket items?
 Everything but mostly berries of any kind!
Tell us a little about your site & your co-Volunteer Site Coordinator.
We closed our site at 9th and Poly when we moved from Billings up here to Shepherd.  The Shepherd site is located at the Firehouse where myself, my husband and my son are all volunteers of the department.
How has BB changed your life?
Bountiful Baskets is great for cutting our grocery budget as well as assisting with a healthier lifestyle.
What do you do when you’re not doing BB?
 Watching our kids grow up and building our house; both a never ending job!
Tell us a little about your family.
 Our oldest, Jessica,  just got married in January
Our middle, Andrew, actually was the first pilot car driver for Bountiful Baskets in the Billings area. Now he is starting to ride bare back broncs.  Which makes me crazy to watch
Our youngest, Veronica, never seems to be in one spot long. Wow teenagers….
If you could have 1 super power… what would it be?
 As I get older it would be an ‘energy’ super power!



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