Just Serve Meade County


Messenger Staff

 A community-based volunteer initiative has recently been started in Meade County. JustServe has existed on the national level since 2012, but Lora Carson and Annette Hornsby with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brandenburg are working to spearhead a local initiative.

 According to JustServe, “When your faith, nonprofit, community, or governmental organization is looking for meaningful ways to involve employees or members in service to the community, there is no need to look further than JustServe.org, a free community resource.”

 The website allows organizations to post their needs and allows individuals to search through the database for opportunities to volunteer in their community to serve in ways “that meet their interest, skills, and availability.”

 “When we serve others, we are literally serving the Heavenly Father. That’s what he wants us to,” Carson said. “It just makes you feel good to serve.”

 Volunteers can include anyone from individuals, families, service clubs, faith organizations and youth and student groups. Any organization that needs volunteers can also post their events on the webpage as well. Carson says they would love other churches to post their service projects.

 “This is not a proselyting thing for our church. We don’t wear badges; we don’t do any preaching,” Hornsby added. “It is strictly service to the community to help our community.”

 To become involved either as a volunteer or as an organization needing volunteers, simply visit the JustServe.org webpage and register. Once registered you can search for projects by location and find numerous opportunities not just in Meade County but surrounding areas, too. Larger organizations such as United Way, Red Cross and Feeding America have partnered with JustServe offering numerous opportunities. There are more local needs such as taking pictures of headstones at Buck Grove Baptist Church. A recent need was volunteers for the LST ship event that took place on Labor Day Weekend.

 For more information, you can reach out to Annette Hornsby at (270) 668-4253 or Lora Carson at (270) 422-1131.

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