Updated: Mar 18, 2019


Catherine spreading some festive cheer as Mrs. Claus during our 2018 Holiday Food Distribution

Catherine Bartley (Mrs. Claus) is a relatively new face at Arlington Charities who has been volunteering for about six months. Catherine enjoys visiting with the clients who come to shop, her friendly persona allowing her to make friends very easily. Sometimes the clients also make a lasting impression on Catherine, she reminisced about an older lady, who had never fallen upon hard times in her life, that spoke to her about how hard it was to come to Arlington Charities. Catherine told her that “we all need help at certain points in our life. Today I am lucky to be able to pay for my groceries. Who knows if that will be the case in ten years?” Catherine knows this lady by name now and thinks of her often. When not volunteering, Catherine is a spiritual director. She describes her job as “personal training for the soul.” She also loves reading and hiking.


Catherine would definitely recommend volunteering to others. There is always a lot to do at Arlington Charities and Catherine enjoys how busy volunteering keeps her. She says that “the worst thing that a person or a volunteer can feel is not having anything to do.” “Volunteers are just as much a part of the team as the paid staff” asserts Catherine. “People are happy here because the volunteers and staff are happy. Together they make this place hum.”


If you are a volunteer and would like to be featured on “Meet a Volunteer Monday,” please send us a message. Alternatively if you are inspired by Catherine’s story and would like to volunteer yourself, you can sign up at https://www.arlingtoncharities.org/volunteer.

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Updated: Mar 18, 2019



Cory preparing to shelve some cupcakes.

Cory Wagner is a relatively new volunteer at Arlington Charities, yet she has been familiar with the charity for thirty years. Thirty years ago Arlington Charities helped Cory when she was struggling. After seeing an ad for volunteers on the NextDoor app in May of 2018, Cory remembered the good-natured people who helped her and decided to return the favor to others. Now a regular presence at Arlington Charities, Cory enjoys seeing people “who are grateful.” She reminisced about a time when an elderly man came in and asked for a cane. Canes are not a regular item at Arlington Charities, but it just so happened that they happened to have one. Cory said that the man’s whole body “shook with excitement” when he received the cane. When not volunteering, Cory enjoys playing with her two grandsons ages one and five as well as spending time with her family. She is an avid needleworker who can whip up anything from afghans to baby blankets. Cory would very much recommend volunteering to others. To all aspiring volunteers, Cory gives a small but useful piece of advice “remember to smile.” A smile goes a long way in most situations, but it can be especially meaningful to someone who is struggling.


If you are a volunteer and would like to be featured on “Meet a Volunteer Monday,” please send us a message. Alternatively if you are inspired by Cory’s story and would like to volunteer yourself, you can sign up at https://www.arlingtoncharities.org/volunteer.

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Updated: Mar 18, 2019


Cal shelving canned food items in our pantry.

Mr. Calvin (Cal) Kost. Cal has been volunteering at Arlington Charities for over 20 years and is the current president of the board. You can see Cal volunteering at AC almost every single day. He says he “gets a lot of satisfaction in seeing down on their luck people being helped.” “There is a good feeling you get seeing a family with a cart” proclaims Cal wistfully. Cal enjoys sorting food and conducting inventory in the pantry. He is thrilled that Arlington Charities collects leftover inventory from local grocery stores, saying “it would go to waste if AC didn’t collect it.” When not volunteering, Cal is an avid Ranger’s Baseball fan. For 25 years, Cal has gone to Arizona for 2-3 weeks to help with spring training. He was also an usher at American Airlines for 37 years before retiring. Volunteering at Arlington Charities is something that Cal would wholeheartedly recommend to others. He asserts that volunteering “gives a whole new insight into the kind of need there is” and that “he can’t imagine not doing anything.” We are very lucky to have volunteers like Cal.


If you are a volunteer and would like to be featured on “Meet a Volunteer Monday,” please send us a message. Alternatively if you are inspired by Cal’s story and would like to volunteer yourself, you can sign up at https://www.arlingtoncharities.org/volunteer.

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