In the midst of troublesome times created by the COVID-19 pandemic, local non-profit organizations such as the Tri-State Food Bank in Evansville are experiencing a greater need for volunteers than ever.
While in many instances donations to non-profit organizations have increased, the ability to pack and distribute that food is another story.
"This time of year, we have a great need for volunteers, and especially with COVID, because the need has increased by about 40%," explained Glenn Roberts, Executive Director at Tri-State Food Bank. "Simply put, volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. We could not do what we do without them."
Roberts says the organization is desperately in need of volunteers, especially with Christmas rapidly approaching, estimating 5,000-plus families will need assistance during the Holidays. Volunteers are needed for activities like packing meal boxes for senior citizens and backpacks for kids.
The story is much the same across town at the Evansville Rescue Mission, which makes more than 1,000 meals per week and serves 80 male live-in residents, where volunteers are also needed to serve members of the community impacted the most by the pandemic.
"There's a lot of businesses and stuff that are really struggling right now, which means that unfortunately, more people get laid off and more people just fall on hardship," said Kyle Gorman, Director of Development at the Evansville Rescue Mission. "Which means it's very important for us to be there this time of year to provide those meals for people."
To volunteer with the Tri-State Food Bank, visit http://www.tristatefoodbank.org/volunteer.html.
You can volunteer to serve with the Evansville Rescue Mission by visiting https://www.evansvillerescuemission.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/.