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Service-Learning Students help Appalachian Outreach
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Mark Kindred is volunteering in the sorting room at Appalachian Outreach with Marihelen  Ballard. “I`m proud to be contributing to Appalachian Outreach because of the massive positive impact they make on our community, and I feel extremely fulfilled.”
Mark Kindred is volunteering in the sorting room at Appalachian Outreach with Marihelen Ballard. “I`m proud to be contributing to Appalachian Outreach because of the massive positive impact they make on our community, and I feel extremely fulfilled.”

12/12/18

This article was first published in The Standard Banner.

Jefferson County High School’s Service-Learning students Kimberly Collins and Mark Kindred are helping at Appalachian Outreach Ministry Center to help support their efforts in poverty relief. This nonprofit organization is on its 34th year of service and serves four counties, which includes 400 to 500 low-income families a month, by providing multiple ministries to them. Karrie Foust the Ministry Center Coordinator says, “We work hard to provide basic necessities like food and clothing for the families, so they can use their resources to pay their bills.” She goes onto say, “We are blessed by the community and without them we couldn’t do this.” The organization has multiple collection drives including Coats for the Cold which begins November 29th from 10am to 4pm at Appalachian Outreach and is open to anyone in need of a coat that can bring a photo id and a piece of mail.

 

Kimberly Collins, a service-learning student, explained her experience of volunteering at AO, “Before volunteering at Appalachian Outreach, I was completely unaware of the extent of poverty in Jefferson and the surrounding counties. I also did not realize how hard Appalachian Outreach is working to meet these needs. Some of these needs include food and clothing. In my few months of volunteering here, I gave someone their first meal in four days, that really opened my eyes to things. They serve the homeless by providing emergency food and clothing visits and we give as much help and advice as we can to help them get back on their feet. To emphasize the growing need that Appalachian Outreach is trying to combat, in the last couple of months, they have set new records for themselves on the amount of families they serve. In one day we filed nine new applications for families in need.”

 

If you or your organization is interested in helping Appalachian Outreach, please contact Karrie Foust at kfoust@cn.edu. They are willing to take in new or gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and blankets for Coats for the Cold. They are also in need of proteins for their weekly food distributions. Canned tuna, chicken, and peanut butter would be helpful to provide a balanced meal to the people they serve. Appalachian Outreach accepts monetary donations, clothing, electronics, food, furniture, and other household essentials year round if any group, church, or club would like to host a collection drive. They are also always looking for regular volunteers who would like to help weekly.

Laura Osborne, Service-Learning Student.