Volunteers needed at Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry

Published 9:40 am Friday, October 4, 2013

A non-profit organization, the Outreach mission is to provide compassionate assistance to Polk County residents who are unable to meet their basic life needs.

Serving several thousand seniors, children and families each year, Outreach provides food through the food pantry and Feed-A-Kid Program, and offers financial assistance to families facing the loss of their home or utilities being cut off. Outreach seeks to bring the necessities of life to those who need a helping hand and a caring heart.

The need for services continues to grow. During the past several years, some of our neighbors found themselves in need as they struggled with the loss of jobs, reduced unemployment benefits (or none at all) and limited opportunities.

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Some of our neighbors are elderly and on a fixed income,  but the costs of living have continued to rise making, it difficult to make ends meet. For some it has became a choice between medications, food or heat. Imagine yourself or loved ones in one of these situations – what would you do, where could you turn?

Thankfully, Outreach is able to help those in need through the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations, churches and friends. Volunteers working together with staff to provide the day-to-day operations of the programs and services.

Volunteers help in the food pantry, provide support for the in-take and interview process, pick up and deliver supplies, help maintain the building and grounds and more.

You can make a difference in the lives of your neighbors by volunteering. To learn more about how to become an Outreach volunteer, call 828-894-2988 and tell them you want to help.