Local nonprofit groups thinking outside the box to get volunteers

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ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – As college students leave to go home for summer, local nonprofits are losing their volunteers. Meals on Wheels says 30% of their volunteers coming from college students.

“The ones that deliver meals its about 350 and we need probably triple that to be comfortable so right now it’s always, I try to use staff and I try to use some volunteers are really good and will come in more than once a week or twice a week,” said Gloria Delbosque, Volunteer Coordinator, Meals on Wheels.

Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels having to think outside the box.

“Once a week I go out to different businesses in Abilene and recruit,” said Delbosque.

Presenting to entities like businesses and churches to show how they can serve.

“We’ve recently had a really good increase in the number of businesses that will sign up to work a day, even businesses that are sponsoring their employees time off,” said Steven Leggett, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity.
“I have been having a lot of success. I have only had one business that couldn’t because they had a lack of staff. Otherwise everyone has sent people here to take a route,” said Delbosque.

Hilton Garden Inn comes out every wednesday to deliver meals to people.

“That feeling of being connected to the community that takes care of us so we wanted to make sure we were giving that back and this was the easiest way to do it. We could work it into our schedules and know that hey this is what we are doing every week,” said Amalie Lopez, Hilton Garden Inn.

Both nonprofits willing to work with their volunteers giving them a flexible schedule to bring in as many people as possible. Meals on Wheels says you must have a drivers licenses and insurance to delivery meals and you must be 16 years-old to work on the construction site for Habitat for Humanity.

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