About

food lineAbout The Volunteer Way

The Volunteer Way Inc. (TVW) is a 501(c)(3), faith base non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping those in need – children, seniors and adults caught in poverty, the hungry, the homeless, low income individuals and their families. For over twenty three years we have been committed to assisting the needy in our community.

We are “People Helping People”…The Volunteer Way

The Volunteer Way helps financially insecure individuals meet their basic needs by providing food, personal items, resources, hope and the opportunity for them improve their lives. It all started twenty-five years ago with just one person. Since then, we have grown. Today, The Volunteer Way and our hunger relief partners assist more than 23,000 families each month in Pasco, Hernando and the surrounding counties.

We distribute millions pounds of food every year, free of charge, to food pantries, soup kitchens, residential programs, seniors, homeless people, families and other charitable organizations. We are committed to helping as many homeless and low income people as possible. We believe that children, the elderly, the poverty stricken should never go to bed hungry.

We never turn away anyone in need!

 

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Board of Directors Members


Chairman of the board

Greg Giordano
Chairman

Greg Giordano currently serves as the Director of Customer Relations at the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office, a position he accepted in 2013. Prior to that he served for 19 years as the chief legislative assistant to State Senator Mike Fasano. Before working with Senator Fasano, Greg worked in the developmental disabilities field, where he first met Lester Cypher in 1989. They worked at the Association for Retarded Citizens/ Pasco, which is now known as the Center for Independence.

In addition to his service as a board member of the Volunteer Way, Greg has served as a business consultant for Junior Achievement of West Central Florida for twenty-five years (as well as serving as a past chairman of JA’s Pasco Board of Directors). Greg has been a member of the City of New Port Richey’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board since 1992, where he currently serves as the board’s vice-chairman.

Greg and his family are members of Cross Point Church in Holiday (where Greg is also a member of the church’s Board of Directors). Over the years all members of the Giordano family have volunteered at The Volunteer Way, with particular interest in the Kids Against Hunger program and the hydroponic garden.

8061 Congress St.
Port Richey, FL 34668
Term of office: Two years and reappointed every two years


Lester Cypher president the volunteer way

Lester Cypher
President

Lester is the CEO of The Volunteer Way. Lester has over forty years experience starting and operating a successful business. Lester is the founder of The Volunteer Way, which started in March of 1992 with only one family asking for help with food. Today The Volunteer Way is assisting an average of 23,000 families each month with good nutritional food to supplement their food budget. Lester is member of the Pasco County Personnel Advisory Board, Pasco County Mobile Medical Unit Advisory Board. Awards: Lester has received many awards for his dedication to serve the needy in The Tampa Bay Area. Some of his recent awards are: The Sprit of Service Award from the Florida Senate, Humanitarian Award from Christian International Outreach, and Outstanding Humanitarian Award from the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Lester also received President’s Bush Daily Point of Light Award, JC Penney Golden Rule Award and two times has been a recipient of the Florida’s Point of Light Award. On 2015 Lester received the “community Hero Award” from The Tampa Bay Lighting

8061 Congress St.
Port Richey, FL 34668
Term of office: Two years and reappointed every two years


Patricia Ferrari Director/Legal Adviser

Patricia Ferrari
Director/Legal Adviser

Patricia has been an attorney for over 31years. Her passion is giving back to the community. During her 31 years as a practicing attorney, she has volunteered to serve on numerous non-profit Boards of Directors and continues to serve on several other non-profit Boards. She currently has an office in Land O Lakes, Florida and concentrates on elder law, estate planning, assets protection and insurance disputes.

8061 Congress Street
Port Richey, FL 34668
Term of office: Two years and reappointed every two years


Glenn Kelm Director - Treasurer

Glenn Kelm
Director – Treasurer

Glenn is a retired high school teacher for Pasco County. He taught Business classes, and the B.C.E. Work Program. Glenn belongs to the West Pasco Retired Educators which is under the Florida Retired Educators Association. Glenn also team teaches the senior adult class at First Assembly of God.
He was president of West Pasco Educators Association for 4 years, Vice President for 2 years and currently he is a chairperson. Glenn was District Director for Pasco, Hillsborough, and Pinellas as District 6 Director for 4 years.
Glenn has been with The Volunteer since the beginning and brings to The Volunteer Way his experience with different charitable organizations. In 2009, Glenn received the Governor’s Point of Light Award.

8061 Congress St.
New Port Richey, FL 34668
Term of office: Two years and reappointed every two years


Ron Rhodes Director - Fundraising

Ron Rhodes
Director – Fundraising

Ron Rhodes is the Regional Operations Manager and is also the Manager of the Florida Field Units. He is a veteran leader in inventory control, purchasing, warehousing and management in general. As head of the Florida Field Units, Ron uses his past experience as a liaison between the corporate office and outside field units.

Ron joined GA Foods 6 years ago with a diverse and knowledgeable operational background, including 25 years with Miller Brewing Company, as a Vice Pres. of Operations.

With 25 years of operational skills, Ron has managed a fleet of 60 trucks and over 100 employees. He specializes in space management and on target inventory control and purchasing. At GA Foods, Ron will continue to develop new and innovative ways to supply the best products and pricing to the field units and to our customers through central services. With diversified skills, for the first time in GA’s history, Ron has developed a team to include inventory control, production planning, purchasing, warehousing and Florida Field Units which has helped shape GA’s direction for the future. Ron has two children and he resides in the Tampa Bay area with his wife.

8061 Congress St.
Port Richey, Fl 34668
Term of office: Two years and reappointed every two years


Raine Johns Director – Public Relations

Raine Johns
Director – Public Relations

Raine Johns is an Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County. She has presented as an expert in services for persons with a mental illness or persons who are homeless at over 20 boards, conferences and seminars. She has three children who have all volunteered with The Volunteer Way.

8061 Congress St.
Port Richey, Fl 34668
Term of office: Two years and reappointed every two years

 


Pastor Miguel Cruz Director – Liaison Latino Community

Pastor Miguel Cruz
Director – Liaison Latino Community

Pastor Cruz is the pastor of Faith Assembly Church. He has been a leader in his community for a number of years. He has been involved in hunger relief for the past ten years. His main goal is to meet the needs of Spanish/English people in our community.

8061 Congress St.
Port Richey, FL 34668
Term of office: Two years and reappointed every two years

 


Abby Noyes Director – Finances

Abby Noyes
Director – Finances

Abby is a certified public accountant, who has had the pleasure of serving Pasco residents for the last 9 years as Director of Finance with the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office. She has earned her Master’s of Business Administration from the University of South Florida and is an active member of the Florida Government Finance Officer Association. She also enjoys donating her time and financial expertise to the Volunteer Way charity and her Property Owner’s Association in the neighborhood where she lives with her two sons and loving dogs.

8061 Congress St.
Port Richey, FL 34668
Term of office: Two years and reappointed every two years


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