Have you ever called our Donor Hotline? Have you ever wondered about the voice on the other end? Heading in to the busy holiday season at Second Harvest, we’d like to introduce you to Josh Marcotte, our Donor Relations Specialist. Josh and his team of holiday staff are ready and waiting to help any donors who need assistance running a Food and Fund Drive, or making a donation.

What do you do at Second Harvest?
As the Donor Relations Specialist, I assist the community with setting up and hosting successful Food and Fund Drives. I manage the Donor Hotline and Donor Relations email box to ensure our donors have all of their questions answered. I also manage our holiday staff of Donor Relations Representatives, the friendly voices our donors hear when they give us a call.

Why are you in nonprofit work?
I am a firm believer that in this day and age, particularly for those of us lucky enough to call Silicon Valley home, we should all strive to give back to our community and the people that make our valley a wonderful place to live.

What inspires you?
I see inspiration all around me in life. I am inspired by the everyday and the mysterious beauty that hides away in the ordinary things we see. I am inspired by my son and his endless curiosity. I am inspired by wife and her endless dedication to anything she takes on. I am inspired by art and music and books and the friends I have that bring so much creation into the world by crafting these things.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to spend time with my family. I like to travel and enjoy roadside kitsch and long drives down empty roads. I like listening to music at unhealthy volumes. I am constantly taking and sharing photos online or in galleries, and it’s rare to see me without a camera. I am passionate about history and preservation, and am actively involved in local preservation efforts.

What’s something quirky about you?
I like to dig for odds and ends and overlooked gems at local flea markets. Over the years I have collected enough pieces of local history, photography equipment, advertising, oddities, and other miscellaneous debris to fill a small museum.

What has surprised you the most about working at Second Harvest?
I am surprised by the endless capacity of people to give back and work toward the greater good of the community. Every day I am surrounded by people working hard to help others. There is no shortage of dedication and inspiration here from the staff, our donors, and our volunteers.

***Are you ready to help feed our neighbors in need? Call Josh and his team at (866) 234-3663 or visit SHFB.org/hffd.