Masalene Jackson defines the exemplary qualities one would expect from an outstanding volunteer. She selflessly and cheerfully devotes herself to the cause of providing hunger relief to people who are struggle through difficulties. It is with great pleasure the Food Bank bestows her with the inaugural Volunteer of the Year award that will bear her name.
Since 2005, Masalene has accumulated over 3,000 hours of volunteer service at the Food Bank. She began her volunteer career after retiring from 37 years of work at Saint Francis Hospital.
Tragedy early in her marriage solidified the desire to help others later in life. Masalene’s husband was killed in an automobile accident in 1972, which left her alone to raise their seven children. “I like to volunteer at the Food Bank knowing I’m helping people who are in need. I remember struggling through some hard times while raising my children. I could always count on family, teachers, coaches, and church members.”
Masalene typically works in the Food Bank Volunteer Center sorting and repackaging a wide variety of donated items for multiple needs. She does this in the spirit of helping those less fortunate than herself, especially hungry children and underprivileged seniors. Her experience and willingness to help also make her a Volunteer Leader, working as a mentor, teacher and friend to other Food Bank volunteers.
Over the years, Masalene has also served to encourage her friends and family to volunteer at the Food Bank as well. In fact, for many years she served as a private shuttle service, providing rides to her friends that either couldn’t drive themselves or simply enjoyed sharing Masalene’s company.
Masalene has 26 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and five great, great-granddaughters and is well-loved by them all. She is selfless, kind-hearted, and has a great sense of humor. She remains steadfast, upbeat and is a delight to be around. Look for her at the Volunteer Center most Wednesdays, she’s usually the one in pink.
Heart + Hand Volunteer Recognition Awards for 2019
The Masalene Jackson Volunteer of the Year
Culinary Volunteer of the Year
The Residents of Montereau
Organization of the Year
Cherokee Nation Business
Company of the Year