Have you ever wanted to change your routine? Are you about to retire? Have you ever asked yourself, what is next? Where do I go from here? Well, if you have ever volunteered, you know it is a rewarding experience. It is good knowing you are helping others. Many feel this way about volunteering with any organization. When you volunteer with MUST, you get more than just a good feeling. You will meet new people make long-term connections, offer aid to your fellow man in order to better their lives.

Putting your skills to use where they are most needed is meaningful, knowing that you are a partner in changing lives. At MUST, the clients are held accountable to do their part in improving their situations. Having had the pleasure of volunteering over the last year with MUST, I have been humbled at the extraordinary work everyone does to build a better community.

Let me explain why MUST has been great to me. I recently relocated to Georgia with a vague idea of what was next for me. I felt like I hadn-™t contributed to the world even a fraction of my blessings. I was fortunate to be introduced to the great people at MUST Ministries and the awesome work they do for their neighbors. They offer housing, employment services, food, clothing and much more to people in need.

I have seen how fortuitous life can be (e.g. people can lose their homes, not make enough to feed their families, etc.) and I thank God for my own blessings every day. Many, by no fault of their own, do not land on their feet, or have the necessary support to change their situations alone. People become more than just a number on an application when you see them every day in your neighborhood. Just think your neighbor just may be someone in need. In my opinion, this makes MUST Ministries an invaluable resource to their community. As a volunteer, they have allowed me to use my skills and knowledge to help others less fortunate.

I think at some point in life, people feel lost without a compass, map or GPS to guide them on their journey. For some, they are lost in a sea of hopelessness and endless uncertainty. It is wonderful to know that MUST Ministries-™ team of volunteers and staff can be a beacon of light during those dark times. Volunteering my time has been very fulfilling for me. I am proud to be one of the ten thousand volunteers at MUST Ministries. Utilizing your unique gift to do good for others is, to me, a MUST. The only question becomes-¶ have you volunteered?

Shanna-Kaè Mallett