With the holiday season upon us, the Clarksburg Mission Community is one of many local help organizations that is depending on continued community support.
“They’ve been very supportive of us and our family. We’re homeless right now however they do a lot of great things for our kids,” said Chad Schau, a visitor at the mission.
“I’m going to be taking classes, in the back room back there, on their computer lab. I actually volunteer in the store, and I’ve gotten a clothing voucher from them and anything that I needed.” Sherie Whitecotton, a visitor at the center.
The Clarksburg Mission works year around to support the community through free meals, clothing, and educational programs. During the holidays, the mission sees a higher flow of visitors and it is crucial to have community support in order to stay active.
“Thanksgiving was a big hit, hopefully Christmas will be too,” said Donna Miller, a volunteer.
Volunteers at the mission prepare over 100 meals on a daily bases for the large crowds.
Volunteers say that while they still have turkeys left over, canned goods and warm clothes are in high demand.
“Right now especially were needing like canned fruits. Coats, boots, hats, gloves, scarfs, winter apparel and clothing would be perfect this time of year,” said Miller.
Volunteers are also needed for daily operations and upcoming events like the Christmas dinner.
“We could use volunteers and If they want to even bring it and serve it, their more than welcome to do that also,” said Miller.
Visitors say it is the volunteers that make the place feel like home.
“They care about you, they actually want to see you do good and they will actually help you. Trust me they will help you,” said Anthony Bright, a visitor at the mission.
“Great people great environment,” said Reginald Berry, a visitor at the mission.