Tim Coulson Wins ‘Neighborly’ Award for Outstanding Volunteerism to End Hunger in the Community

Aug 16, 2020

Tim Coulson Wins ‘Neighborly’ Award for Outstanding Volunteerism to End Hunger in the Community
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Carbondale, IL – Tim Coulson has been volunteering as a cook at the Herrin House of Hope (HHOH) four days a week for the past three years. He gets there around six in the morning to start prepping and have the meal ready by 11 a.m. to serve those in need. HHOH averages 35,000 meals a year, and Tim has made 90 percent of it for the past three years.

WSIU Public Broadcasting, a service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is pleased to announce Tim Coulson as the new “Community” recipient of the ‘Neighborly’ award for the first quarter of 2020.

“It’s an honor and a humbling experience to receive this award. I’m glad that God used me as an instrument to reach out to others because this is a reach-out facility. I don’t mind putting in anywhere from 40 to 60 hours a week in here. It’s not the hours that make the difference. It’s seeing a smile upon their face or hearing them say when I walk down the street sometimes to go get something, ‘Hey, thanks for that meal. That was great.’ I found it a true blessing,” said awardee Tim Coulson.

It's not the hours that make the difference. It's seeing a smile upon their face or hearing them say when I walk down the street sometimes to go get something, 'Hey, thanks for that meal. That was great.' I found it a true blessing.

Coulson has a degree in cooking from the Culinary Arts Institute. Before becoming a cook in in the Navy at Great Lakes, Ill., where he cooked for and fed 22,000 people, he studied food and nutrition in high school. When he got out of the service, he went to work for an Italian restaurant where they made everything from scratch.

“My aunt Ann inspired me to reach out to others. I was about 20 years old when she did a program in Collinsville called Meals on Wheels. She would make sure that everyone had a balanced meal. She was also the cook and the head coordinator. When I asked her how could she do it all and what gave her the strength, she said God did. So, I learned it from her, and I’m glad I did. I also learned it from my minister because there are nine of us from our church that help out here daily,” said Coulson.

A couple of years ago, Tim almost died due to a massive heart attack. Once revived, he heard God say he had a mission for him. Since then, Tim has chosen to volunteer in the community. He wants to make sure that he fulfills his destiny here on earth, so when it’s his time to get his rewards, he’ll have no trouble. Expressing his views on being a good neighbor and what it means to him, Coulson said, “If you don’t have loyalty and honesty, then you can’t be a good neighbor to anybody. You have to love yourself before you can love someone else. God gave me the opportunity a couple of years ago when we lived in the St. Louis area, and we moved here to start our own ministry feeding everybody. You have to have loyalty and integrity to become a good neighbor because we’re all out here to help each other." Tim loves to sing and can hit four octaves using one breath. For 22 years, he belonged to a choir in Collinsville and held first chair. He likes to paint and go to baseball games and on long drives. He and his wife also like to collect rocks.

I've had the honor to mentor and watch Mr. Coulson do the same to other volunteers. He has volunteered faithfully as a cook and takes his role very seriously. He defines selflessness and demonstrates his passion to end hunger in Southern Illinois.

“I’ve had the honor to mentor and watch Mr. Coulson do the same to other volunteers. He has volunteered faithfully as a cook and takes his role very seriously. He defines selflessness and demonstrates his passion to end hunger in Southern Illinois,” said nominator John Steve, Director of the Herrin House of Hope. For more information on the services available at Herrin House of Hope, visit http://www.herrinhouseofhope.org/ or call 618-942-8500.

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