Why Volunteer?

Volunteering-Job-HuntThis post is written by our donations coordinator Dana Bunch.  She has a heart for this ministry and does more than anyone realizes to ensure the guests get what they need during the season.

I get asked all the time why I volunteer at Project WARM and have a heart for the homeless. I am not a writer, but I am going to try to explain why. One of the main reasons is I can see how it can happen.

Have you ever lost a job but were fortunate to have someone let you borrow money. Better yet had money in the savings to get by on until you got umeployment? I have. What if you didn’t have someone to help you? How long would it take you to become homeless?

Have you ever had an illness that caused you not to be able to work? Or a family member that has so many medical bills it makes it difficult financially? What if they were so much and so overwhelming it made you lose everything?

Have you ever fought for our country and came back and someone had taken all of your money and you had no one? Have you ever been so depressed you can’t function and lose everyone or had no one who cared? Have you ever had an addiction that caused you to make bad decisions? Have you ever had a couple too many to drink and caused an accident? Or were you just fortunate to make it home without causing an accident or getting caught? There are alot of events that can happen to lead to homelessness. Does that mean that these people don’t matter to us or God?

Maybe you can identify with these events. If so, you should consider volunteering, donating, and/or praying for these men. Maybe you cannot identify. If so, you should consider volunteering, donating, and/or praying for these men because you are really blessed if you have not or do not know anyone who has been through these events.

The most important reason to volunteer, donate, or pray for the homeless? Jesus was the ultimate example of how to treat the homeless. He prayed for, talked to, healed, and helped them.

Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

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