Mission volunteers given heartfelt thanks

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It is National Volunteer Week, and one local organization honored their workers with a special celebration.

The Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley honored its volunteers Saturday with a tour of the facility, cake, and some special music.

Executive Director Jim Echement said last year volunteers logged more than 25,000 hours of volunteer service. The open house is just one way to say thank you.

“We could not do what we do without them,” said Echement. “We have a limited number of staff, and we need the volunteers to help augment that staff and deliver the programs that are helping these clients that come through our doors.”

The work the volunteers do is equal to about 14 full-time staff members, but the workers say they just enjoy helping out the mission.

“When you volunteer, it gives you such a great feeling that you know you’ve helped somebody else because you never know when the day comes you might need the help, or someone in your family may need help,” said volunteer Edith Jackson.

Volunteer Jacquelyn Smith said she ever expected to be celebrated for helping out.

“It is a nice feeling. This is a place where you come and give your time and energy to help someone else. When they said they would celebrate us, it is a wonderful thing to be recognized on low key. I am not for the limelight,” said Smith.

“It is just really sweet of them because I love coming here,” said volunteer Jessica Murray. “I really love coming here, so I don’t feel that I should be celebrated.”

The group is always looking for volunteers. You can sign up at the mission or call 330-788-8518.

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