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February 21, 2014

Manna Storehouse honors volunteers who gave 25,000 hours in ‘13

By BRIAN SMITH

Manna Storehouse honored more than 140 of its volunteers and gave its annual report during a luncheon Thursday afternoon at Central Christian Church.

Board President Rev. Ann Stevens said the volunteers worked nearly 25,000 hours during 2013, or about 170 hours each. Stevens said Manna’s philosophy, and that of its volunteers, is simple.

“We’re simply doing what the Bible says: Feeding our lambs and tending to our sheep, which are the residents of Parker County,” Stevens said. “We’re only doing what we’ve been asked to do.”

During 2013, Manna assisted with 23,706 clients throughout the county, nearly 90 percent of them being repeat clients. Most of them received food and clothes from the non-profit, which also helps with utility payments and prescriptions.

Stevens said the need continues to grow, which means the need for volunteers does as well. Volunteers work in a number of ways, including the warehouse, garage sale and Santa’s Helpers, Stevens said.

Manna works differently than a number of non-profits, which are “all useful and doing beautiful things,” Stevens said. The 29-year-old organization is still all-volunteer and church-centered, as it has been from the beginning.

“As other non-profits have grown, they’ve hired people, which have salaries,” Stevens said. “Instead of salaries, we put our funds back into the community.”

Roughly 87 percent of the monies received go directly into helping clients, with the rest going into overhead.

Nearly $81,000 was spent on keeping clients’ utilities turned on last year with another $67,115 being spent on prescriptions, according to the budget report.

In her closing remarks, Stevens thanked all the volunteers and board members for their tireless work.

“Some of our volunteers we rarely see, some we see every day,” Stevens said. “You all deserve a pat on the back for what you do.”

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