The Benefits of Volunteering
by Tim Huffman
For those familiar with our outreach services at Impact, one of the most consistent and effective ways that we are able to touch the lives of thousands of people every year is through the Resource Center and particularly through food distribution. Twice a week throughout the year Chris Lemmons, and his crew of faithful volunteers, joyfully gather to prepare and coordinate the effort. This would involve things such as finding the right food and putting it in bags so that each family can receive about 2 weeks worth of groceries. Then tables are set to expedite the distribution as cars drive in to have them loaded. This isn’t easy work, but anyone with a willing heart can join in and make a difference.
One of those faithful volunteers is Deisy Enriquez. Deisy studied journalism at the University of Houston and currently works as an Assignment Editor for one of our local television stations. Though Deisy grew up going to church, like so many, the hassles and stress of life had drawn her away. Through a series of “divine coincidences” she was informed about the work at Impact. Later, when she came to realize that she had been isolating herself, she decided it was time to find a way to serve and give back. When she looked for a place close by, Impact came up on her radar screen. She’s now a solid part of the team that serves on Tuesday mornings. She’s there early and stays until every last thing is done. Deisy is shy and reserved by nature so taking the step to get “outside her box” wasn’t easy. When we spoke, I asked what kept her serving every week and spending so much time. She had several reasons, among which were:
1. Helping those less fortunate in the neighborhood
2. The feeling of satisfaction that comes from pushing herself through her shyness for a good days work.
3. The uplifting and wonderful people she works with – some of whom have become very dear friends.
4. The joy that comes from being a part of something much bigger than herself.
These are several of the reasons she considers it such a great blessing. We are so grateful to have Deisy as a part of our church family. Her servant heart is an inspiration to us all.
The Resource Center is always in need of dependable volunteers. Are you ready to get outside your box?
Food is distributed twice weekly: Tuesday mornings at 8 and Wednesday evenings at 5:30
Contact Chris Lemmons for further information: 405.245.8177