Spilde wins statewide volunteer award

Each week for the last 23 years, Harold Spilde spends 30 or more hours at the FISH food pantry, coordinating nearly 200 volunteers as they provide food to families in crisis.

Already this year, Harold, 79, has volunteered 395 hours.

“Harold is very well organized and methodical. He puts 150 percent into every he does and he’s always there keeping everything running,“ said fellow FISH volunteer Kay Krezlok. “He’s a great man,”

On June 2, Gov. Steve Bullock recognized the RSVP volunteer with a Serve Montana Award, which is given annually to people who have “greatly enhanced civic life in Montana.”

Bullock said Harold and the other awardees honored in Helena “embody the strong spirit of service that runs so deep in our state.”

Harold is the backbone of FISH, overseeing pantry operations and coordinating volunteers from 13 local churches and civic organizations to ensure that there are always people at the pantry when needed. In addition to FISH, Harold also volunteers at the Great Falls Visitor Center.

Harold, who volunteers side-by-side with his wife Judy, said his time at FISH is gratifying because many of the people he helps rely on the pantry to feed their families.

“Harold is a great example of what RSVP is about and what the power of volunteerism can do for our communities,” said RSVP Program Manager Lynette Scriver-Colburn.

To volunteer at FISH, call 452-3474 or to learn more call RSVP at 727-3400.

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