Service opportunities in the Heartland after President puts out call to action

By Crystal Britt bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Our new president puts out a call to action.  It's never too late to make a New Year's resolution.  Maybe this year we will all make a pledge to do more for our community. 

"Last year Isaiah was in my class and he had a place in my heart and I didn't want to give up the opportunity to work with him." That's when Amy Emmenderfer found out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization that partners with the United Way to provide mentors to children.

"She takes me places," said Isaiah. 

"We go to the movies. He comes over to my house for supper," said Amy. 

It's a service that means just as much to Amy as it does her little brother.

"I highly recommend it," said Amy. 

Tia Wade-Murray will soon become a homeowner all thanks to Habitat for Humanity, a service that relies on the community.

"I can't wait to just get in there," she said.

"We need volunteers.  We thrive on volunteers and the ones who come really enjoy being out and working.  They enjoy going to the curb and looking out and seeing what they did for the day...makes them feel very good," said Construction Manager Terry Juden. 

"They're just giving their time to come out here and help us build our home," said Tia. 

Our local churches are functioning and growing not just through the work of pastors, but through members and other volunteers who give their time.

"I believe there's a place for everybody to function. We'll all do different things and sometimes some are more visible than others, but there's a place absolutely for everybody," said Pastor Zackery Strong with Christ Church of the Heartland. 

Dorothy King found her place at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

"I've been volunteering for 12 years," said King. 

She's among a long list of about 300 others who donate their time at the hospital.

"I retired from Proctor and Gamble and needed something to do. I enjoy coming, being around people, being able to help people" she said.

"As our president has asked everyone to make a step, what an hour and what a responsibility we have," said Strong.  "Every one of us can make a difference in someone else's life".

RSVP-VIC is a volunteer referral center.  They collect volunteer opportunities from United Way, Humane Society, government, churches, etc.  To find out more on volunteering opportunities, call 573-335-7555 or visit their website at
Big Brother Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri is looking for volunteers to help mentor children in the Heartland.  Visit their website at
Habitat for Humanity is also looking for folks to help build houses in the area.  Find out more on their website at
Have you had a good experience volunteering somewhere?  We want to know or if you know of a local organization in need of volunteers leave your comments below!