“God always provides, we never run out,” said Betsy Schnarre, volunteer for the Dundee Care Center Thrift Store. “The people are so generous in their donations.”
Schnarre has been a volunteer for the thrift store since it opened almost two years ago. Her love of volunteering was instilled in her since childhood because “mother was always giving to someone else.” Since starting at the Care Center, Schnarre has worked more than 1,000 hours. In addition to her volunteer work, she also is a member of Christ Church on the Move in Lake Wales, where she helps prepare the Wednesday night meal once a month.
Perhaps the most noticeable trait about Schnarre is her humility. She was eager to discuss the Care Center and its volunteers much more than herself. Among all the Care Center locations, there are 1,600 volunteers logging more than 69,000 hours. The Care Center offers a wide range of outreach projects ranging from Meals on Wheels, temporary housing for families in need, even domestic violence shelters for women and children.
“Nothing is wasted,” Schnarre said. “If the Care Center can’t use something, it is shipped out to help others,”
All of the volunteers and their combined hours would mean nothing without the generosity of the community.
The fellowship of working with the volunteers is another thing Schnarre truly enjoys.
“It’s all about helping people in need,” Schnarre said. “Sometimes you are the only person to smile at someone in a day.”
In an age where people can be harsh and selfish, it is people like Schnarre and the rest of the volunteers at the Care Center that help make their community a better place.