Lisa Vaughan Is This Week's Hometown Hero

Our Hometown Hero is a woman who has become not only a familiar face to 44News viewers, but the face of hope for so many struggling Tri-State families.

Posted: Feb 7, 2021 3:27 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2021 4:17 PM

Our Hometown Hero is a woman who has become not only a familiar face to 44News viewers, but the face of hope for so many struggling Tri-State families.

Week, after week, she has been the driving force of what has become "Feed Evansville."

"These boxes just kind of helped them get through so they don't have to completely disrupt their entire life," says Lisa Vaughan, Feed Evansville organizer.

It's an organization that has helped thousands of families.

"To say that I thought I would be doing Feed Evansville all the way into February of," says Vaughan. "I mean when we first started talking about it, I was thinking six weeks, maybe until April, maybe through June, and then when June hit I went by September we'd be done. And it just keeps going, going, and going."

One of the many faces behind Feed Evansville is Lisa Vaughan.

"I do what I do because it just feels natural to me," says Vaughan.

Since March, she has worked countless hours organizing, packing, and handing out thousands of pounds of food.

"I understand what it feels like to go without," says Vaughan. "I also understand what it feels like to have someone believe in you, people to cheer you on, and people to help you along the way. I feel like that's what I think we're here for."

Vaughan has always been an active volunteer in the River City, helping at more than two dozen local non-profits.

She, along with hundreds of volunteers standing out in the heat, rain, and cold, giving back to our community.

"I can't do this by myself," says Vaughan. "There are people who guide me and lead me and mentor me in front of me. There's people who stand next to me and support me. And there's people behind me, pushing and cheering me on."

But her service goes beyond the meals themselves.

"We are truly all in this together," says Vaughan. "This pandemic is affecting everybody in multiple different ways, and we need to be with our community, not just part of it."

She says over the course of the last few months, she's learned what it truly means to believe in each other.

"I feel very fortunate to live in Evansville and live in a community who generally cares for one another and wants to rise up and see everything be okay," says Vaughan.

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