Volunteer views service as payback time during retirement

Volunteer views service as payback time during retirement

December 10, 2019 in Harvest Time Newsletter Volunteer Spotlight

During his Tuesday morning volunteer shift, Harley Snyder can usually be found breaking down boxes or sorting produce while he jokes around with his friends.

He began volunteering with Ozarks Food Harvest more than eight years ago, and in November, he achieved 1,000 hours of service.

“I started because I felt I needed to do something for the community, and at this point in time, I am very blessed,” he shared.

Harley views his volunteer experience as “payback time.” For 32 years, he worked in various positions through City Utilities in Springfield. Upon retirement, he developed a passion for giving back to the community in a tangible and meaningful way.

“I leave volunteering happy and proud to have done something to help those who are less fortunate,” he said.

Harley is quick to refer to the friends he has made over the years at Ozarks Food Harvest as family—and they’re the reason he keeps coming back. On Tuesday mornings, he and his friendschat and deepen their relationships as fruits and veggies are passed down the line and packed for distribution.

When he’s not sorting food at Ozarks Food Harvest or teaching people about fish and animals found across the world during his volunteer shifts at Wonders of Wildlife, Harley enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. All live in the Springfield area.

“God has been good to me,” he shared. “I’m blessed to still be able to do so many things.”

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