“Erin and I started Waffle Wednesday in 2013 because we love people. We wanted a fun and creative way to connect with our customers and the community without it being about business. As both the attendance and volunteers grew we decided to involve the charities we support with a hands-on charity awareness option. Three things are a requirement for us to keep Waffle Wednesday going; it remains a free and fun way to connect with the community, makes a difference in someone’s life, and as long as it doesn’t suck!”
“My name is Catie Mersola and I am 25 years old. In this season of my life I am working as an assistant at a preschool and a full time student. I am studying early childhood education with hopes of working as a head teacher at a preschool and maybe one day becoming the Director of one or starting my own. I first got involved with Waffle Wednesday by simply being called by a friend to volunteer for an event they were low on bodies for. I quickly began to realize what this Waffle Wednesday thing was really all about and began developing a heart for it. It wasn’t too long before I had fully committed to being a part of Todd’s team. People ask me all the time why I do this and the answer is simple: People out there are in need and I’m tired of ignoring it. I need and want to do something to change that”
“The reason that I joined Waffle Wednesday in the first place was for one reason, I am a firm believer that if we can help someone in need, we should. I attended Waffle Wednesdays Christmas Shoppe and saw all the people. They were dropping off gifts and laughing and of course, having waffles. I loved the involvement of the community, the kids, the generosity, families. The other reason was well because Todd Ross. He asked me to help him after that and the heart, drive and true desire he had to help others was inspiring. Plus, well waffles and chicken! If you know me at all you know I pretty much put food before most things in my life.”
“I have always loved helping others and my community. Service to the people around me is a big part of who I am. Once I learned that a close group of my friends were part of something doing just that, I jumped at it! Being a part of something that makes even the slightest community difference is everything to me and I am thankful for the opportunity and proud of what we are accomplishing.”
My name is Jedidiah Lyons but I go by my childhood nickname Jedi (Jeddy). I started volunteering with Waffle Wednesday after I saw someone share a post on Facebook about needing volunteers so I messaged Todd and have been helping where I can ever since. My favorite part of serving the community with Waffle Wednesday is all the great people you get to meet. From the ones involved in making it happen to the people who show up because they saw a flier in a coffee shop and i love hearing all the stories they bring with them. Waffle Wednesday is a great opportunity to both give and receive from the community and I’m so glad to be apart of it.
I’ve been volunteering for Waffle Wednesday since it all began. I started volunteering simply because my dad is the creator of Waffle Wednesday. I love the community and I love what is spreads through each person when they are able to personally touch the product that they are going to give to someone in need, versus just putting their credit cards on a site and have an auto donation go out every month.