Matthews Help Center is a real blessing to some many peop experiencing difficult times. It is also a blessing to those of us who are privileged to volunteer ther.
I volunteered at the Matthews Help Center in 2012-2013. It was the most amazing experience I had ever had. I was a recent college graduate at the time looking for an opportunity to serve my community and volunteering here was the most rewarding experience I could of had. I learned so much. The people at the organization are truly amazing and wonderful. All the wonderful programs they have to offer the community and the kindness of everyone there warms my heart. I am truly blessed to have meet everyone that works or volunteers there.
I volunteered at this wonderful organization from 1986 until I moved from the area in 2010. I served on the Board for many years, and volunteered at least three days a week. Joan Uhrich was the director during most of this time period and was an amazing leader. Tracey Doyle is to be credited for the success of the thrift shop. I will always cherish my time at the Matthews Help Center, and I shop there now with my granddaughter as often as possible.
I began volunteering with MHC shortly after moving to the area 3 years ago. Since then I have helped out a bit in the food pantry and have helped with the Christmas program, the Back 2 school program and the Bounceback Backpack program.
Having volunteered with and worked with several nonprofit organizations in the past, I have been extremely impressed with how well MHC is run. The unbelievable staff manage donations and volunteers efficiently and in order to maximize every penny and volunteer hour. They pull off unbelievable service to the Matthews community and do so with such grace, giving each person they encounter dignity and respect. I feel honored to be a small part of this amazing place.
I have been volunteering at the Help Center in an administrative capacity for a little over a year. The organization is highly professional and efficient. They use the monies raised to help the clients and are constantly thinking of innovative ways to do so. I started volunteering because I saw some of their "Bounce Back Backpacks" in my kids' elementary school. These are backpacks filled with food that children who would otherwise go hungry over the weekend without their school meals can take home and eat. This program is just one of the many that truly impact people who live in our community. They serve Matthews and nearly surrounding areas - if charity starts at home this is the place to begin your efforts.
I have been volunteering at Matthews Help Center for 2 years, and in all of the organizations that I've ever been a part of and volunteered with, I've never felt so honored or so part of a "family" as I do here. All of the volunteers and employees pull together and work hard to ensure that the store looks great and most importantly, the client's needs are met. I'm proud to a part of the Matthews Help Center and will continue to volunteer my time there.
Thank you for your very kind words! We certainly do appreciate you and every other wonderful volunteer at Matthews HELP Center. Without you and the others, we couldn't do what we do!
I began my volunteer partnership in 2008 with the Matthews Help Center. In this case, the HELP is an acronym for help ease local poverty. I was invited by a friend who told me she volunteered there and how much she liked it. I guess you could say she recruited me. I am thankful for her persistence because not only is the Matthews Help Center an outstanding organization for the Matthews community but also because the staff treats their volunteers like royalty. Though not federally funded, the Matthews Help Center is supported by generous people who give contributions as well as from the proceeds of the Backporch Treasures Thrift Shop. As a result, many people are assisted with financial needs including but not limited to payment of rent, utility bills, Christmas gifts for the needy and a whole range of other services. Depending upon the need, clients may be eligible for food from their food pantry and/or clothes from the thrift shop all for FREE. The staff is very congenial and lovely to work with. Though I like to sort the clothing as the donations come in, I'm privileged to provide assistance in whatever is asked of me. The Backporch Treasures Thrift Shop has clothing and housewares for the entire family. The clothes sorters get first dibs (yes, we pay for the merchandise) on the donations and the deals are spectacular. The staff honor the volunteers in several ways in the month of April during National Volunteer month. All in all, volunteering at the Matthews Help Center is a win-win success story. Brandy M.
Volunteering at the Matthews Help Center on Fridays is my favorite day of the week for that very reason. I look forward to spending my day with like minded women who are congenial and thorough in their duties.
I can't begin to tell what a blessing this organization has been to my life and that of my family. Tracy Doyle and Bonita Summers treat their volunteers like kings and queens in their overall demeanor as well as with events to honor us and discount coupons for shopping at the Backporch Treasures Thrift Store. They also encourage us to give suggestions and feedback at various times.
Kim,, their director, sporadically gives us updated reports concerning the number of clients they serve and how our work as volunteers directly impacts their mission. I consider it an honor to be part of such a kind and compassionate group.
Review from Guidestar
I've been a volunteer here since 2008 and am repeatedly impressed by the way the Help Center keeps finding new and better ways to serve the community. The thrift shop maintains a high standard of quality merchandise, imaginatively displayed. Plans for future expansion show a continuing commitment to helping the people of Matthews and beyond. Backporch Treasures is a great place to shop and a wonderful place to be a volunteer.
After moving to Matthews I looked around for a place to volunteer in my new community. I began volunteering in the thrift shop at the Matthews Help Center in 2008 and have found it a wonderful place to work. From sorting donations behind the scenes to working in the thrift shop itself, I feel my donated hours go toward making an important difference for those in need. I can see people being helped each time I am there. I recommend it to my friends as a place to donate and a place to shop.
Recently I've also been able to volunteer at ESL classes held at the Help Center in the evening. Students come from many countries speaking many languages ready to work hard to improve their English-speaking skills. They appreciate this class very much and it is a welcome opportunity for them.
Matthews Help Center gives to our community in so many ways. I'm glad that it exists, is so well-managed and that I can be a small part of it.
Review from Guidestar
Besides having totally enjoyable and fulfilling experiences volunteering once a week, the employees of the Matthews Help Center are top-notch people and dedicated workers. The volume of people served financially, and the volume of food, school supplies and Christmas toys distributed has tripled and quadrupled in the last few years, and the staff has been stretched, yet they have remained steadfast to the mission of helping families in our community. Our thrift boutique is a popular place to shop for clients and the public, donations are constantly coming in, and the sales from the shop have dramatically increased each year recently. The center is making a great impact for the community and the volunteers. I cannot say enough good things about the Matthews Help Center!
Review from Guidestar
I volunteer in the Thrift Store...I am so impressed with this organization and the work that it does. The Store is more like a boutique than a thrift shop and people are waiting at the door on Saturday for us to open. I am also impressed with the amt of money the store brings in. The volunteers are truly dedicated to the help this center provides and all share a common goal for the Help Center to be successful. It is the most cheerful place I have ever worked...the volunteers, staff and shoppers always seem happy. I wouldn't change a thing about this experience.
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