August 2, 2010

Exceptional Volunteer

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:55 pm by Lund

Exceptional Volunteer Andy Barker

Lund Family Center is lucky to have so many talented and dedicated community volunteers.   Andy Barker is one such volunteer.

Andy Barker

Andy Barker of Boloco

Andy Barker of Boloco

In 2008, Andy Barker, the General Manager of Boloco Inspired Burritos was approached by staff at Lund Family Center with a request.  Lund was launching a Mother’s Day Bike Ride Benefit and wanted the event to be characterized by first class, well-marked ride courses, engaging family entertainment, exciting prizes for fundraisers and naturally great tasting and wholesome food.

In the first year of the event, Andy and his staff at Boloco promoted the event from their Church Street storefront.  On ride day, they delivered hot trays of delicious burritos including Classics, Cajuns, Buffalo’s and Summer’s in addition to serving Mango Passion smoothies. The Boloco staff cheerfully served riders and their families at the ride venue for the better part of a Sunday afternoon.

“Right away, it was clear that Andy had a lot of talent and interests.  He is a skilled foodservice manager who honed his skills at Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group which operates renowned New York City restaurants including Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern, and Blue Smoke.  Closer to home Andy worked at the University of Vermont’s Sodexho foodservice group.  He is an avid cyclist, telemark skier and sailor.  He likes to cook and he likes to work hard.  There was no way that our Bike Committee was going to let Andy get away with providing free food for the 2010 Mother’s Day Ride…we wanted to engage him further and learn from his leadership,” said Jen Wool, Lund Family Center’s Chief Development Officer.

During the winter of 2010, Lund partnered with the UVM Triathlon Club to promote the Club’s trip to Georgia while simultaneously promoting the Lund 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Ride in May. The triathletes rode stationary bikes in front of Boloco for 76 hours in the winter winds.  Andy fed the riders and offered them a place to get warm in the late evening.

In 2010, Andy Chaired Lund’s Bike Ride Food and Beverage Committee.  He secured great food and drinks from several area food vendors and suppliers.  He also consults about orders for other events to ensure we order proper quantities of food, prevent waste, and secure the finest products at the best prices.

This year, Andy rode in the event along with the company’s founder, John Pepper and other Boloco staff members.  When the two finished, they called the Lund office to ask “What about that Boloco-to-Boloco Ride” we were talking about?  A 120 mile ride from the Hanover, NH Boloco to the Burlington location to celebrate Lund’s 120th anniversary.  Plans are in the works and Andy and his team can be counted on to support the children and families supported by Lund statewide.

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