Retirees Turned Volunteers Extraordinaire

Steve and Brenda Fivecoat
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Some people wonder what to do when they retire, but not Steve and Brenda Fivecoat. These wonderful people devote time each week at Tualatin Elementary school in various volunteer capacities.

The pair volunteers as Reading Buddies – helping kids learn to read. They build relationships through Lunch Buddies – having lunch with students. For some students, the lunch they receive at school may be the only meal they count on. So, the Fivecoats also help with Backpack Buddies – which fills the backpacks of students in need with enough food for the weekend. When this couple isn’t serving at Tualatin Elementary, they find time to serve in their local church on the weekend. During the holiday season, the Fivecoats help organize Pounds of Love, which collected & distributed 5,795 pounds of food to bless 80 families, including gifts for 198 kids!

“Steve and Brenda serve our school, our students, and our families in countless ways. They step in to help without thinking twice. They fill backpacks with food, read with students, BBQ hamburgers for back to school night, play four square to build relationships with kids, help with math, and do it all with grace and joy! Our school wouldn’t be the community it is without them.” , Erin Gillam – School Psychologist/ Counselor at Tualatin Elementary

Sometimes to change the world all we need to do is take a look in our own back yard and see the need. That is what this amazing couple did. Thank you, Steve and Brenda Fivecoat, for loving your community and giving your time. You make Tualatin great!

Jenny Lind ConleeJenny Lind Conlee is the wife of a Tualatin pastor, mom of twin boys, actor, singer, comedian and lover of donuts. You can follow her on Twitter @jennylindconlee or on her blog:

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