We loved having this group of energetic students come serve with us recently at the Marshville food pantry warehouse!
They’re part of the Keeper Program, a local nonprofit organization that works with elementary, middle & high school students in Union County Public Schools. The students meet twice a week to form friendships, boost self-esteem and learn about effective communication skills.
Volunteering in the community is a key part of this character-building program, said Joya Wortham, Creator & Executive Director of the Keeper Program.
When they were serving at Marshville, the students got the chance to pack and give groceries to one local woman in need. The neighbor pulled up to the warehouse saying she was struggling and asked if they were giving away food. The students were able to help pantry staff gather the information they needed to pack up some food just for her household.
“It was so touching,” Joya said. “After loading the neighbor’s car, one of the students said, ‘My heart was just so filled with love to be able to help.’ It was wonderful.”
The Keeper program is in need of art supplies (including poster board) for crafts and art projects as well as Amazon gift cards to purchase books for their book club. If you’d like to help, email Joya.Wortham@ucps.k12.nc.us or call 704-441-7656.
You can find more information about the Keeper Program online: The-keeper-program (thekeeperprogram.com)