Cool Beans of the Month
We have no membership or hierarchy, so everyone who has ever participated is an official "Human Bean" and our selfless volunteers come and go. We see people every week for years and then they disappear. Some move, others have new responsibilities. Some find time to come one week, but can't ever make it again. Regardless, every single one of our volunteers has been truly appreciated, so we thought we'd start a collection to recognize as many of them as possible!
Thus is born this incipient collection of our " Cool Beans of the Month.* " The intent is to maintain a "rogues gallery" of folks who have participated in our efforts to alleviate hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness by sharing our resources with those in need and to give them a big "Thank you!".(*I know myself too well to think that this will really be a monthly feature, but "Cool Beans of the Whenever I Get Around to It" just didn't sound right...")
Mary-Beth Heine, who (*sob*) recently left us to relocate to the midwest, began volunteering with Human Beans Together in 2013, and brought with her a drive and enthusiasm that so exemplifies our band of people who come together every Sunday to share their food and resources with those in need.
She received our very first “Super Human Bean” award from Human Beans Together in recognition of her selflessness and commitment.
She began volunteering with us in Raleigh’s Moore Square the Sunday after August 2013's infamous “Biscuitgate,” when we were threatened with arrest for offering a meal to our hungry friends who are without homes or who are under-housed.
Mary-Beth showed up the very next week with peanut butter sandwiches. She had done her research, and found there were no alternatives for our friends to have a meal on weekends, when the Raleigh soup kitchens are closed.
Her social media and communications skills soon became evident, as she quickly secured fundraisers, and numerous in-kind donations of food, clothing and toiletries to bring to Moore Square. Her “little white truck” became an icon and we knew it would arrive full from her friends, neighbors and colleagues at John Deere.
“The documentary A Place at the Table is one that completely changed my life in 2012 and I encourage everyone to see it. Telling the story of several families in the US who work hard yet struggle to eat, it became apparent to we all need to do better by our children.”