Helping Hands honors volunteers

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart.”

(Elizabeth Andrew)

More than 80 volunteers of Rockwall County Helping Hands were honored recently for their service to the non-profit critical assistance agency.

Welcome to our annual celebration of you,” said Executive Director Margo Nielsen, welcoming the agency’s volunteers to the luncheon at Culpepper’s Steak House. “You make our agency work.”

Helping Hands volunteers are a varied group of giving people. They include: young and old, professional and blue collar workers, generous supporters and former clients and men and women that are retired or working part-time.

“When one considers the programs that are carried out so successfully that involve providing assistance to so many clients – whether it be help with utilities, shelter, food or Christmas toys – it is clearly evident that our staff couldn’t even come close to meeting these needs without the cadre of volunteers that are a part of the assistance program,” said Sherry Hamm, the agency’s director of Assistance and Referral.

Helping Hands volunteers are an invaluable resource to the agency and its assistance program, the Health Center and the Centcible Thrift Stores. Their incredible value isn’t measured in dollars alone, but in the hours of work and support they provide on a wide-range of projects requiring their time, talents and energy.

During the luncheon, the group was treated to a performance by members of the Rockwall Summer Musicals and to a moving talk by guest speaker Tim Whitney, founder of the non-profit A Play for Food. Whitney is collaborating with members of the Rockwall Summer Musicals through A Play for Food to benefit the Helping Hands Food Pantry.

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