Energetic is almost an understatement for the whirlwind known as Donna Hoch. She and her husband retired at 55 and immediately looked for volunteer opportunities. Donna is a 47-year member of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters working to empower voters and defend democracy. She has belonged to the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri since 1982 through which she found many ways to engage in community service. She is the local Social Action Chair for the United Methodist Women, is co-chair for the Dinners Committee, a member of the weekly prayer group, and co-facilitator of a book study on “White Fragility”.
Donna has been the liaison coordinator of the Caring for Kids Project that serves Truman Elementary School. During the Covid pandemic she has coordinated letters of encouragement to Truman’s 60 member staff, and filled “Welcome Back” gift bags for the staff even though students are still schooling at home. When the students return to school, Donna will resume her work recruiting mentors and volunteers for after-school groups and Read Across America week.
Donna supports the local Community Assistance Council and the Raytown Emergency Assistance Program in providing food to needy residents. She has participated in planting and harvesting the Community Garden for over ten years. She has packed “Back Snacks” for Truman students for twelve years. Her current community service project is Because We Care, which distributes personal needs items to families in the Hickman Mills School District.
Donna relishes taking on new responsibilities and commitments, which means she is constantly learning and growing.