Christian Services in need of volunteers

Christian Services in need of volunteers

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Christian Services, a Hattiesburg multi-faced ministry that provides services for underprivileged people, is in need of volunteers.

Sue Marquardt is a volunteer in the ministry's Soup Kitchen. She has been a volunteer at Christian Services since the early '90s.

"What I love about it is the sense of community," Marquardt said. "Everybody sees a need. There are so many people in need."

Marquardt and other volunteers in the Soup Kitchen serve up to 800 meals a day five days a week.

"It feels wonderful because you know that many of them don't have another source," Marquardt said. "They come here and depend on us. And you sometimes see the same people over and over, which is fun."

Christian Services currently has roughly 60 to 70 volunteers.

Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Corita Burks said the nonprofit is in critical need of volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program.

The program delivers food to elderly and disabled people in the Pine Belt.

"If we get more people to volunteer, people can get off waiting lists," Burks said. "We have about four routes that we run daily. So we need volunteers who have time and a heart to give them a meal."

Burks said there is an even greater need for volunteers in the Loving Hands ministry.

"That's our benevolence fund where people come in needing assistance with their utilities or with food, and we just take applications and meet their needs," Burks said.

Volunteers like Marquardt said there is always a way to help out at Christian Services.

"I would encourage anybody that has any inkling that they wanted to do something even if they didn't know for sure what they wanted to do to come and chick it out," Marquardt said.