Celebrating Volunteers: Rita & Harry Looker


Sometimes giving back is as good for you as it is for those you are helping. This month, WBOY highlights a Harrison County couple who’s first priority is giving back to the community.

“We have a great team of volunteers, so the camaraderie around here is really wonderful,” said Rita Looker, volunteer of the month.                  

Giving back to the community, that’s what husband and wife team Rita & Harry Looker do almost everyday.

Rita explained, “I do mostly the clothes, sorting clothes, getting the layettes together. We have infant layettes for new moms of new babies.  Harry does mostly  the food. He buys groceries and checks the food supply and makes sure we always have enough groceries available.” 


The Mustard Seed’s primary goal is to feed the hungry and cloth those in need.

Mustard Seed volunteer Dolores Yoke said, “We are here for people to listen when they have things they need to talk about. When they are trying to find help, we try to keep a lot of that information together so we can be a resource in the community.”

The Lookers started volunteering for the Mustard Seed more than a decade ago.

“We started in the location on Church Street which was part of the nunnery, in ancient times. We moved here and this is about the fourth year, it made a big difference being in a larger place and a newer place we are getting a lot of donations. Really appreciate it, both of clothing and food,” said Rita.                                  

Volunteer Dolores Yoke said it’s passionate volunteers like the Looker’s it make all the difference.

“They do such a variety of jobs. There are so many things to be done here. It doesn’t matter what stage of your life you’re in. It’s a great way to share your life with others and Rita and Harry really do that. They are here for everyone in our community, they’re special.”

Rita has some advice for anyone thinking about volunteering.

“Do it! It really is worth your time.”

Thanks to the generous support of the Miley Legal Group, Mustard Seed will receive $500 to continue its work serving the community.

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