Whole Foods shares the joys of healthy snacking

By Heidi Gauthier, N Street Village Volunteer and In-Kind Gifts Coordinator

Last Friday, the community waited with anticipation for Whole Foods Healthy Eating Specialist Ebeth Johnson and her team to arrive.  The team of specialists were planning on demonstrating how easy (and delicious) healthy snacking can be.

The demonstration was kicked off with the introduction of an unfamiliar technique — making kale salad without oil in a Ziploc bag.  Next, the participants learned about the healthy and filling combination of popcorn, raisins, almonds, and dark chocolate, which turned out to be a perfect on-the-go snack.

Throughout the demonstration, many of the clients shared their thoughts.  “Wow! This salad is so good. I never thought of making salad in bag,” said a resident who is currently living in our night shelter.  Another resident shared her apprehension with trying dark chocolate. “It just never looked good to me but it tastes really good in the [popcorn] mix. I will definitely try it again.”

We thank the Whole Foods Team for sharing their expertise with our community.  Many of the participants left feeling inspired, educated, and ready to prepare their next health snack.

A Night of Valentine Fun

By Ilana Cookler | N Street Village Development Assistant |

cupcake photo oneIn honor of Valentine’s Day, N Street Village’s Volunteer Event Team (dedicated volunteers who coordinate social events for N Street Village volunteers) hosted an evening of valentine card making fun. Volunteers and residents came together for a night of delicious heart-themed treats, conversation, and laughter. table decorating

N Street Village Volunteer and In-Kind Gifts Coordinator Heidi Gauthier shared, “Providing opportunities for our dedicated volunteers to create fun memories with our clients is one of the best ways to foster community and share our gratitude for their service.”

Using a variety of donated mediums from glitter to stickers to candy hearts, everyone put on their creative hats to create Valentine’s Day cards for loved ones.  Alberta, a resident who attended the event couldn’t have said it better, “What an enjoyable evening! This was really fun and I liked meeting our volunteers.”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at N Street Village, please visit our website to learn more. 

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Heidi Gauthier led the coordination efforts of this year's Gifts for Moms event. Clients were able to select from hundreds of donated gift cards today and will use them to purchase holiday gifts for their children and grandchildren.

Volunteer and In-Kind Gifts Coordinator Heidi Gauthier organized this year’s Gifts for Moms event. Clients were able to select from hundreds of donated gift cards and will use them to purchase holiday gifts for their children and grandchildren.


Please join us in welcoming Heidi Gauthier!  Heidi joins the Development Team as its Volunteer and In-Kind Gifts Coordinator after working for nearly 2 years as an Employment Advisor in our Education and Employment Center.  Working with N Street Village’s Education and Employment volunteers, Heidi assisted clients in reaching their employment goals.  In her new role, Heidi is looking forward to meeting our current volunteers and continuing to match volunteers with meaningful opportunities. Heidi recently shared with us more about herself and her experience at N Street Village.

NSV: Where are you originally from?
HG: I am from Lewiston, Maine, a town roughly 40 minutes from Portland.

NSV: What is one unique fact about your hometown?
HG: Patrick Dempsey attended my high school.

NSV: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
HG: Running — but I usually only run when I have a half-marathon to train for.

NSV: What initially inspired you to work at N Street Village?
HG: The mission.

NSV: Describe working at N Street Village in 3 words or less.
HG: Supportive. Open.  Alive.

NSV: What did you enjoy most about working in the Education and Employment Center?
HG: There is nothing more gratifying than supporting someone with their employment search and having the opportunity to share in that moment when they come back to you with their offer letter! When someone allows you to be a part of the process, it is very special.

NSV: How are you feeling about moving into the new role of Volunteer and In-Kind Gifts Coordinator?
HG: I am very excited. N Street Village is a place for growth not only for the women who participate in programming, but staff too. As an employee of N Street Village, we are encouraged to grow and learn. I believe taking on this new role will allow me to use my skill set and expand opportunities for our incredible volunteers to be involved with our clients and our mission.

NSV: Why do you feel volunteers and in-kind donors are important to N Street Village?
HG: N Street Village could not be successful without the tireless efforts of the volunteers and support of the donors. I learned this firsthand while working as the Education and Employment Advisor. There were so many women who want help with reading and math skills and we relied on the help of volunteers who worked with our department to ensure that women received the tutoring they needed. It was a pleasure working alongside people who are passionate about helping our clients attain self-sufficiency. N Street Village also receives critical support from so many others who supply us with goods to meet our clients’ basic needs and financial support to ensure that the work we do can continue and flourish. It is really awesome!

Heidi can be reached at or 202.939.2075
Learn more about volunteering with N Street Village.