The First Volunteer
There are two people who have officially been with Many Hands for Haiti from the very beginning of the organization to the current day. Two people who have been through every up and down, all the good days and all the bad days. Two people who have
“I’ve trusted Linda explicitly from day one, as I knew her character and her heart for serving.“
Linda and I were the first two board members of Many Hands for Haiti. In fact, we were the only two board members at the start! I can remember our first board meeting, in a Third Church office, and we both looked at each other with the “Are we doing this right?” kind of look. At the end of the meeting, someone needed to handle the accounting responsibilities, as we had a few checks coming to us from time-to-time, so Linda volunteered. If you would have told Linda at that time how many checks and how much money she would process over the next ten years, she would have fallen off her chair in disbelief. We have been incredibly blessed.
Linda and I share a storied history together, as she was one of my mom’s best friends in school and it continues to this day. Linda remembers when I was
Linda and Bygone, Haiti, 2009
As I’ve reflected on the role Linda has played in our organization, the power of the volunteer stood out. Linda comes to work
Linda with her husband John
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Linda Grandia, who has served Many Hands for over ten years with humility, diligence, and faithfulness. Her witness as the first official volunteer started many down a path to follow in her footsteps, as we now have had well over 3,000 volunteers and over 150,000 hours of volunteer time. I’m thankful for her, as her presence guided the ministry to be love in action in this broken world.
Many Hands stands on the shoulders of Tim and Lucia Van Maanen, whose sacrificial “I’m with you” spirit forever set our organization on God’s path.
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Pastor Francois Romelus, who is our angel on earth, gently guiding us with wisdom, courage, and love.
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Karmen Brown, who shows us how to love others with the love of Jesus.