Epiphany Center Celebrates National Volunteer Month
April 11, 2014
In honor of National Volunteer Month, we are shining a well-deserved spotlight on the generous volunteers who give their time and share their skills with Epiphany Center’s clients. Their genuine care and concern are the heart and soul of Epiphany Center, and we could not do it without them.
First up is Lynne Burrell, Epiphany Center’s dynamic volunteer cooking instructor. The former owner of popular Bay Area catering company, Edible Arts, Ms. Burrell loves the challenge of creating delicious, nutritious recipes that are easy to replicate.
“I want to make it fun and easy,” says Lynne. From super foods such as kale, acai, and bok choy, to the art of smart goal setting, weekly cooking lessons offer simple, empowering takeaway tools for the women.
Lynne is a former Epiphany Center employee who recently returned to donate her time and abundant energy leading Hands-On Healthy Cooking Classes. She shows the eager new home chefs how to prepare wholesome, affordable food for themselves and their families. Apron-clad participants discuss the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. They learn ways to prepare whole foods from scratch so they taste scrumptious and help mind, body, and spirit thrive.
“I really like the classes. When it comes to eating healthy, my downfall is not taking the time to prepare. Lynne showed us how to chop ingredients ahead of time and how to cook one of my favorite dishes, chicken paprikash in only an hour,” says one of Lynne’s students.
From homemade black bean burgers to asparagus frittatas, the recipes are fuss-free, kid-pleasing, and affordable. Whether discovering the taste of a sweet, juicy blood orange for the first time or learning that spinach and darky leafy greens are plant-based powerhouses packed with nutrients, the women experience the enduring satisfaction of nourishing themselves and their loved ones.
“Homemade meals don’t have to take a lot of time. And, when you cook with family, meals are filled with love,” says Lynne.
Are you interested in volunteering? Learn more about Epiphany Center volunteer opportunities.