Lufkin non-profits need more volunteers for summer programs

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Starting in May and throughout the summer months the number of non-profit volunteers in Deep East Texas decrease.

J.D's Center of Hope said they have seen their number of volunteers dwindle.

"We've been really putting out fliers and different things to ask people to come out and volunteer here," said employee Stephanie Olford.

Olford has been involved with the summer camp for five years and believes there's a great need of volunteers for children during the summer.

"With the volunteers we can be able to take these children and sit them down one on one, so that they can really improve their reading and math," Olford said.

Hospice in the Pines has the same problem for their Yearly Grief Camp.

"We do usually like to have about four to five volunteer, but I know right now we have like three coming," said employee Mia Martin.

The non-profit would like to have more volunteers to help support grieving children.

"If we have a kid you know who is coping or having a bad day with grief, we can have that volunteer set aside and talk with that child about what's going on," Martin said.

The two organizations hope local residents will volunteer on a more regular basis.

"We need men that can really impart the father figure because we have some children that are without fathers," said Olford.

The organizations say that it doesn't matter who you decide to volunteer with, just as long as you're finding a way to help this summer.

J.D's Center of Hope and Hospice in the Pines accept walk-ins for volunteers.

J.D's Center of Hope is located at 1204 Cain St. in Lufkin and Hospice in the Pines is located at 1504 W Frank Ave.

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