We need you. Summer prompts a surge in the need for food, shelter, child care, counseling, and other related services. At the same time, volunteers go on vacation and students take breaks from structured service activities while school is out.
“Need does not take a break during the summer,” said Catholic Charities Director of Mission Integration Allison Stone. She previously served as volunteer coordinator for Our Daily Bread Employment Center, where she saw the change each day. When school is out, students experiencing poverty may not have the food they need. That often means there are more people served in meal programs.
“Instead of a single visitor coming in for a meal, we’ll have a mother, father, or grandparent arriving with children in tow,” Stone said.
The decline in volunteers is most significant from mid-July to mid-August. It greatly impacts the number of casseroles prepared and donated to Our Daily Bread Employment Center for its hot lunch service.
Now, you can see why we need you. Please consider joining our community of volunteers. Whether you opt to make a casserole for Our Daily Bread Employment Center, help with property maintenance, serve as a mentor, or whatever you choose, you will be a valuable partner in our movement to improve lives.