Old Town Mission puts out call for volunteers for summer season

Jill Marie Sweet and Cheryl Saravo, volunteers at the Old Town Mission, cut up tomatoes and onions for tacos on Thursday. VVN/ Vyto Starinskas

Jill Marie Sweet and Cheryl Saravo, volunteers at the Old Town Mission, cut up tomatoes and onions for tacos on Thursday. VVN/ Vyto Starinskas

COTTOWNOOD -- The weather has warmed up and the snowbirds have flown the coop.

So the Old Town Mission is looking for volunteers to fill the shoes of their volunteers who leave the area for cooler pastures in the summer.

About 20 of the mission's volunteers go out-of-state for the months of June to September, according to Kelli Wilson, Old Town Mission manager. Most are retired and they go to escape the heat to places like Colorado, Minnesota and Montana, she added.

So to fill the void of their valuable service, Wilson said the mission needs volunteers to work in the kitchen, food pantry, clothing room, help serve lunches or work at the mission's thrift store on Mingus Avenue.

Wilson even encouraged families to come volunteer with children during the summer. "My son's going to start answering phones," she said.

The mission has about 300 total volunteers it uses during the year, but there are about 30 to 40 core volunteers, Wilson said. About 10 volunteers work each day with three employees, she added.

"I believe people want to make an impact," Wilson said about the mission's volunteers. "And help people."

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