RICHARDSON – Since the start of the pandemic, demand for service has gone up at the Network of Community Ministries and so has the need for volunteers.

“Back in March, we were awarded workers from Shift Smart, the Get Shift Done program and we were getting between nine and ten workers, full-time every day to help us in the food pantry. They were funded by private funds and we were informed that those funds have run out, so we are losing those workers,” said Cindy Shafer, CEO, Network of Community Ministries.

The Network is currently recruiting volunteers to fill 36 shifts per day. People may sign up to help in the food pantry, stocking shelves and loading food. There’s also opportunity to assist with the group’s new online store, taking pictures of available inventory and fulfilling orders.

Just like staff and visitors, volunteers are screened prior to entering Network’s offices including temperature checks. Other CDC guidelines are followed like social distancing and wearing masks.

The Network accepts volunteers ages 16 and up. Volunteers are needed Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-Noon and Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

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