Meet Interfaith Outreach’s New Executive Director Greg Hilding
Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners in Plymouth isn’t just a building. New executive director Greg Hilding wants the community to know there’s so much more to the nonprofit than just the facility that sits at the intersection of County Road 101 and Highway 6.
“We’re restricted like others are, in order to access to our building,” explains Hilding. “But this building is not Interfaith.”
The nonprofit has adapted to the new COVID-19 normal with a partially remote workforce and a commitment to help people while maintaining social distancing. And it’s just Hilding’s fourth day on the job. Staff members are doing what they can to fill in for Interfaith Outreach’s army of volunteers.
“We don’t have access to very dedicated volunteers right now,” said Hilding. “The team is rallying to provide these services directly. We are not able to pick up and rescue food at grocery stores for example because that’s done by our volunteers.”
But the nonprofit couldn’t be more important to the community.
“We talk often about stabilizing, strengthening, and thriving. We are trying to help clients move from stabilization to strengthening the situation and even achieving a thrive level,” explains Hilding. “We’ve redoubled our efforts in stabilizing. We’ve delivered food effectively, conducted case management effectively and continue to provide assistance for rent and other bills for individuals and families in need.”
Hilding doesn’t intend to fill the shoes of Ladonna Hoy, founder, who has taken on executive director emerita status. Instead, he plans to bring the shoes he has, so to speak. Hilding brings a unique set of experience to the role. He’s worked in leadership positions in the banking industry and held leadership roles at Second Harvest Heartland. In 2019, he acted as interim CEO for the organization and served two terms as board chair. You can read his full bio here.
“I was attracted by the mission of Interfaith. That is very motivating to me,” said Hilding. “Now that I’ve had an opportunity to jump in with the team, I’ve also seen the incredible resilience, adaptability and commitment. So I’m honored to join this mission and become a part of the people who are making a difference in the community.”
How can you help Interfaith Outreach, which like other nonprofits is seeing increased need and fewer donations? Consider donating financially. You can learn more here.