Muncie Mission Blessed By Muncie Elk’s Grant & Youth Volunteers

Youth who recently volunteered at the Muncie Mission. Photo provided.Youth who recently volunteered at the Muncie Mission. Photo provided.

By: Don Ford—

Muncie, INThirty eight youth, plus adults, from Walk By Faith Community Church, Roann, IN (near Wabash) recently blessed Muncie Mission by doing volunteer work.

For the last few years the youth group has converged for a week long camp at Taylor University and has chosen to include the Muncie Mission as one of their volunteer outreaches. They spent time in the Mission’s Attic Window clothing room sorting and folding clothing, served lunch and put hygiene kits together.

Elk members from the Muncie 245 lodge also had a desire to help those less fortunate by providing food and hygiene items for Mission residents. Local Elk members applied for a grant through their national foundation that focused on reaching out to communities.

Efforts were coordinated between the youth group and the Muncie Elks to make it beneficial for everyone. The Elks provided funds to purchase enough food to serve all Mission resident’s lunch, and provide for the Mission’s neighborhood guest’s that eat lunch at the Mission every Monday-Friday.  As well, they provided food for the youth and adult volunteers.

The second part of the Elks grant provided funds to purchase hundreds of hygiene items for Mission residents. Every resident is provided a hygiene kit when they check in.  All items were purchased from local stores then assembled by the youth. Nearly 200 kits were completed.

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Don Ford is Director of Development at Muncie Mission.