Catholic Social Services creates new volunteer group
CHARLOTTE — Catholic Social Services has created a new group of volunteers called "Helping Hands." Helping Hands volunteers are contacted via email when the agency has some immediate need for the completion of a one-time project. So far the group has rallied to help stock shelves in the Charlotte Regional Office Food Pantry, and sort donated household items in the Refugee Resettlement Office Warehouse.
"We find this is a great volunteer opportunity for families wherein parents and their kids can work together on a Saturday morning or for those who can't make a regular commitment to volunteer, but are happy to plug in and support CSS when they can," said Sandy Buck, volunteer coordinator for Catholic Social Services.
Thirty-five volunteers have participated in Helping Hands projects since the group was organized, offering a total of 71 hours in service.
Pictured: Cayman and Samuel Starnes from St. Luke Church in Charlotte recently worked with their parents and other Helping Hands volunteers to organize donated blankets and pillows at the Refugee Warehouse. (Tracy Winsor, Special to the Catholic News Herald)
— Tracy Winsor, Special to the Catholic News Herald
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