Tired of sitting in the house? Want to get out one day a week and mingle with the best crowd around while helping your brothers and sisters? Good Samaritan is looking for for volunteers to join the non-profit once a week from 9 a.m.-2 pm. said director Denise McDonald. Good Samaritan is located at 602 East 4th Street in Russellville.
“This would be only five hours a week serving your community,” McDonald said.
Logan County Good Samaritan, Inc. is a Christian benevolent organization currently being funded by participating churches in our area, private donations, and United Way. The non-profit strives to provide, upon proper evaluation, assistance of food, emergency housing, emergency transportation, or household necessities for residents of Logan County. They assist clients in locating the proper local and state agencies to meet their needs.
“We offer several services depending on client needs. We are always looking for ways to improve the lives of our clients. We research other agencies and programs that may be of assistance and refer clients to them,” said McDonald. “Our main objective is to provide emergency assistance for residents of Logan County. We encourage clients to seek out and use available resources to help themselves change their situations. Although we target the low-income population, we serve any individual needing assistance, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, or age. We only serve Logan County residents. The exception to this is limited transient assistance for overnight lodging and food.”
McDonald says Good Samaritan tries to have at least one volunteer to help out in the front office each day. The non-profit’s last volunteer recently got a job and most of the help they get from the KTAP program have gotten jobs (which is the goal), so right now they don’t have any volunteers for the front office.
“We have some dedicated volunteers in the back, but could use some help there also,” McDonald said. “We have found it is easier to find someone for one day a week versus all four days we are open.”
The front office people greet clients, help clients with choosing their food and “checking out” of the pantry. They may also do some filing. The back room people concentrate on sorting and stocking food and janitorial work. More lifting is required by the back room work.
For more information on becoming a volunteer for the Logan County Good Samaritan, please call 270-725-9002 to set up your day.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.