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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: ADAM TAIT AND JENNIFER RUSSELL

Updated: Mar 25

We wouldn’t be able to do this work without you!


Jennifer Russell and Adam Tait working in the food pantry.

Adam and Jenn let us know early in the pandemic that they were ready to help in any way we needed. Shelter-in-place caused a dramatic shift in when and how we are able to provide the many comprehensive services we offer to families, but also activated us to provide services we usually didn’t. Food insecurity was immediate and providing groceries was at the top of that list of new services.


Adam and Jenn helped transform the waiting room area at our 37 Grove Services Hub into a makeshift grocery store. Our SF HOME team made runs to the food bank twice a week and Adam and Jenn organized and pre-bagged groceries for families. Over the last six months this volunteer duty has grown a lot. The Compass food pantry is moving $20,000 a month of groceries to families and $2,500 a month of diapers and wipes. Adam and Jenn helped make this possible.


When Compass was able to resume accepting item donations, Adam and Jenn were also there to help receive them as well as sort and organize everything. More than 40 car loads of donations that include adult and baby clothing, hygiene items, furniture, and kitchen and household items have been received. Many of these donations are distributed to families coming in for drop-in services. A large amount of donations are sorted and organized by volunteers into custom packages for case managers deliver to families who live further out in East Bay communities.


Thank you Adam and Jenn for your many hours of volunteering and helping Compass families during this difficult time!