Much Obliged: Faith in Action thanks volunteers for a challenging year
Volunteers with Faith in Action for Cass County have done an amazing job of connecting with their neighbors in need over the past year, especially with COVID-19 restrictions. On average five to eight drivers are out giving rides every day and over 75 people receive check-in or chatty calls each week, besides the chores and ramp-building.
To thank the volunteers, Faith in Action staff and board members provided a curbside event Sept. 16-17 for our Annual Volunteer Recognition to highlight the importance of volunteers helping others in their communities. This year’s event, held outside the Faith in Action office in Hackensack, included a fancy box lunch from the Green Scene with retro soda pop from Sun N Fun, a goody bag of snacks, door prize drawings and a gasoline gift card as special thanks from the Faith in Action Board of Directors to recognize the many ways volunteers have helped others over the past year.
Faith in Action Volunteers have been busy in the past year, providing over 10,000 hours and driving over 140,000 miles in service to people in need in Cass County. Volunteers responded to an average of 270 requests per month. Hours, miles and requests were up over 30% from the year before and the requests seem to increase every month. People served by Faith in Action volunteers ranged in age from newborn to 102 and 71% of the people served were age 60-plus, although service is provided to people of all ages and there are no income guidelines. Services are provided by community volunteers based on need.
For more information on Faith in Action services and volunteer opportunities, call 218-675-5435 or visit www.faithinactioncass.com .