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What others say about Ula Lewis | HOMETOWN HERO

By SUSAN KNICKERBOCKER South Whidbey Record Columnist
January 21, 2014 · Updated 4:24 PM

What others say about Ula

“Ula brings all of her gifts to the table here at Good Cheer Food Bank. Her tireless contribution goes well beyond any reasonable expectation of one human being. Her super couponing makes it possible for South Whidbey to feed its growing number of hungry families. We have begun a coupon club to support her efforts, but this has yet to decrease her full time hours of volunteer contributions.”

— Karen Korbelik, Food Bank Manager

“I have been volunteering for Good Cheer for over 10 years in the distribution center. I never knew how much can be done with so little money until Ula showed me. I was instantly a new recruit helping with the magic Ula performs in turning coupons into full shelves at the food bank. She has been quietly doing this for years. Everyone is welcome into her circle of caring. Her dry humor keeps me on my toes but she keeps me grounded too. I admire her and am so blessed to be her friend.”

— Nancy Whitaker, former owner of the Harbor Inn in Freeland

“Ula was my first friend on Whidbey Island and remains one of my dearest. She sought me out within the first week of our moving to Whidbey and took me and my young children on a trip around town, pointing out the best places to get certain things, and the special qualities of each business in town. Ever after, she has been a supportive, constant, and caring friend. Her youngest child was the same age as my oldest. Ula passed on many wonderful and educational toys and books. She went out of her way to befriend my third child who was rather lonely with a new baby in the house. The many special dates and gifts are remembered and appreciated deeply. It meant the world to both mother and child. If Ula found a good deal she would always share her bounty with me. I always leave savoring the feast of wisdom, compassion, intelligence, and good humor that abound in her home. I love Ula Lewis.”

— Marie Burnett, parent, volunteer, business owner

“I learned about the couponing club from Amy Hannold when I went online. Since I live on the South End I signed up for classes with Ula Lewis. She changed my financial life. With the savings I now know how to get, I can be self-sustaining. I wish I had met her years ago. Ula taught me how to budget in her classes, and all the tricks to living within our means. I have been able to pay off my credit card debt, feed my family, and hold my head up, and learn how to pay my bills with my job that does not pay much. She gave me hope. I was going deeper in debt, and didn’t know how to live on my salary. Ula and Amy and their coupon volunteers have no idea how much they are doing to help so many of us change our lives.”

— Stacey Grand, single mom

“When I first started going to Oak Harbor’s coupon club Ula was often there. I was fascinated listening to her talking about her work for the South Whidbey food bank, especially after I computed the number of hours Ula spent and continues to spend cutting coupons and shopping for good deals to stock the shelves at the food bank. So many people are touched by the results of her labor of love, getting food they need to survive and thrive, but I never saw her try to get any glory for herself. Ula is truly one of a kind.”

— Shari Harrison, coupon club volunteer


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