It's a great pleasure to work as a volunteer at BRLC. I am enjoying working as a volunteer. At first I was not interested in volunteering for anything. I was a little depressed by being out of work. My wife encouraged me to volunteer and it helped build up my confidence. Being around others helped my depression. Being a volunteer makes me want to help others more. If you are retired, feeling down and out, there are a lot of ways to fill your life, be a volunteer. Someone needs your help. It will make a difference in your life and others. In our senior years we have a lot of time on hand. We can give to others, our fellow men and show God's love through volunteering. God is nothing but love. Be a volunteer and make the world different in someone's life.

Marshall Caple Jr.-Board Member

Once I visited the Burnsville Center, I saw a need to get the organization some financial aid to insure that it would operate under the guidelines of the non-profit structure. With my knowledge, the organization has been in compliance with the Federal and state agencies.

I realized the Center was located in a very low income county. The Center provided children a place for hot meals during the summer, and a place to play inside and outside. The Center has provided child care.

The Center is also a religious outreach. Anyone is welcome to come. There has been an outpouring of help from the community churches and other organizations.

It is a place where people can pick up food and see a friendly and caring face. It is a place for anyone to learn how to use a computer and look for employment.

I am thankful to be able to give something back to a community that needs help. It may not be a large part, but I feel that what I am doing is helping the Center to continue to be a cornerstone in the community.

George Thompson-Board Member

When I first started helping at the Burnsville Recreation and Learning Center, I was filling in for my brother who was at that time fighting cancer. All I did at first was food pickup but I soon realized they were dedicated to so much more. My husband has joined in to help whenever he can. It is a pleasure to help who we can, and also a God-given responsibility. Through many trials in life I have had to reach out for help myself.

Carolyn Ellen

Some days i feel old, feeble and lazy, and then if a friend, grandchild or great grandchild comes in I brighten up and feel 50 or 40 on a good day instead of 75. I do some deep thinking and after all I know what God requires of us. I start looking at different places where I can help and show my love and where I might be of help.

I knew people at BRLC and I asked to be a volunteer. Even if I could not pick up a baby red bug or a box of food or anything heavy, they could let me help with paper work or help with preparing for special meetings or fun things (just my thing).

BRLC does such good things for the community and the people who come in for food and help. The clothing corner is wonderful. This is a place where people can take good clothing, books, toys, shoes, and household supplies to others that would enjoy them.

The BRLC does Thanksgiving baskets with the local churches and community help. Banquets for the Golden Sweethearts, heritage programs, summer kids programs, etc. I do hope to help with the someday as I do know a lot about local history. I have been here long enough for that.

I have learned a lot at BRLC:

1.) Since life sometimes gives us a second chance, we need to grab on.

2.) All people, rich or poor, young or old, sick or well, love the human touch, shaking hands, holding hands, a hug, or a pat on the back. Always remember there are angels among us so reach out and touch someone today.

3.) Don't be a pain even if you have one.

4.) Making a life is more than making a living.

5.) Come and touch us today at BRLC, where Mrs. Carol Smith and company will welcome you, just like they did me.

Thank you to the community, churches, Pastors, the clients, the volunteers, and especially the Second Harvest and all drivers, and to all who donate to BRLC. Thank you!

Rosa Lee Powell-Food Pantry

In 2015 I became a volunteer with BRLC. Helping with the Kids Café and the Emergency Food
Pantry alone with other positions. I love helping my fellowman in any way I can. That’s why I
choose the Health Care field during my working career as nurse assistance. I work for a period
of 25 years. It was awesome being able to work with people that really needed you. It has been
a great pleasure to be a volunteer at BRLC. To help people in need of food, clothing, and being a
teacher for the Kids Café has been a joy. Seeing little children with smiling faces when they
come in the BRLC doors after school make me happy. When children give me a big hug because
they are glad to see me it makes being a volunteer at BRLC even better.
So why are people setting around lonely when there is so much work to be done. Please get out
and volunteer. Get concern about others because the harvest is plentiful but the labors are few.
Therefore pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send out labors into his harvest.

Treamenda Caple

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our neighbors are not just the people who live next door to us. The are the people all over the world. I want to plant seeds of love and kindness to everyone I come in contact with. Each person has feelings of love, compassion, sadness, and grief when a loved one passes away, and many other concerns and needs. I can relate to them because I have been there. There have been times when my husband and I were not sure we would have enough food and clothing for our children. We have both lost loved ones and had problems of one kind or another over the years but God always provided for us. He has been our help and sustainer through the years and poured many blessings on us. I enjoy passing on these blessings to others. I receive more from doing so than I give. May God bless the Burnsville Recreation and Learning Center and each person hat comes through it now and in the future. I love you and God does too.

Sara Thomas-Food Pantry

It's a joy and blessing because we are God's servants. He wants us to reach out and give those in need a hand. God has called us to be a part of the community. We ought to bear the responsibilities of that calling. God's will is for us to love all of His children enough to see that they have what they need. This is the good that God desires us to do. To know what is right and not to do it is a sin for which God holds us accountable. I am very thankful that God has given me the love to serve others.

Gwen Lisenby-Volunteer Board Member

I cannot put in words what volunteering at BRLC has meant to me.
Volunteering there has meant so much to me spiritually.
I have met many different people from all different walks of life.
Many of them I have learn to love.
Helping children that are enrolled in the after school program has meant a lot to me.
Preparing meals for the kids is a passion to me.

Deloris Hammonds: Kid's Cafe & Emergency Food Pantry

I pick up donated food every three months.
It makes me feel good on the inside to know that I am doing something to help others.
It makes me feel good to be a part of this outreach ministry.
It makes me feel good to know that God connected me to the BRLC.

James Hammonds: Food Transporter

Hi my name is Jazzlyn Brewer, I am a volunteer at BRLC. I have been a volunteer for two years.
I first started volunteering when I was in the seventh Grade and was needing volunteer hours
for school.
When I first started volunteering I was planning on quitting once I got all my community service
Being a volunteer at BRLC has been such an honor. It has been so much fun help others in my
community. I love knowing that I can help make a difference in this world. I love you all and
May God Bless You!

Jazzlyn Brewer: Youth Volunteer