Conway Agents Volunteer at New Bedford Salvation Army
Barbecue chicken, potato salad and corn on the cob were on the menu for Sunday dinner at the Salvation Army Kitchen in New Bedford on October 16th. The food was cooked and served by a number of Jack Conway Realtors on the Greater New Bedford Association of Realtors’ (GRNBAR) Community Service and Donations Committee. The group’s goal was to prepare and serve full course meals to the homeless in the downtown New Bedford Area.
“We conduct food drives and cook the dinners ourselves,” said Nona Sbordone, a Conway-Padanaram agent who recently obtained a $500 grant from her local Shaws Supermarket to benefit the cause. “We usually serve a meal to about 300 people – some individuals and some families. I’ve been doing this for about two years, and I would never give it up. They are so grateful for our help.”
Sbordone and her manager Brenda Simmons serve on the GRNBAR committee with fellow Conway agents Laurie Wilkie, manager of Conway-Dartmouth, and Conway-Mattapoisett agents Mary McCann, Sue Haley, Joanne Mecke and Paula Tosca. “Everyone pitches in and cooks the meals, and we all participate in the food drives to collect canned goods and non-perishable items,” said Simmons. “Nona is particularly involved in finding new locations for us to set up our drives, and she was instrumental in securing the recent grant from Shaws. She is a ‘can-do’ person in the truest sense of the word.”
Anne Arruda, executive assistant at GRNBAR, was happy to forward the $500 check from the Dartmouth Supermarket to the Salvation Army for its food pantry. “I know Nona helped make it happen by talking with the Shaws upper management about our committee,” said Arruda. “We thank her so much for her hard work on behalf of the homeless.”