Olney Help in need of donations, volunteers in Montgomery County
OLNEY, Md. (ABC7) —
For volunteers with Olney Help, lately it can be tough to keep the shelves stocked.
“We’re a little nervous every year—are we going to make it? Are we going to have enough?” Jacqui Vok, Executive Director of the Olney-based nonprofit said.
Vok says she’s been a part of Olney Help for about a year and a half. In that time, she says, she’s seen the need increase, saying sometimes they get about 10 new clients in a month.
“The way the numbers continue to climb lately, I am starting to get anxious,” she said.
Olney Help provides food and financial assistance to area families in need.
“I think the economy, it really affects people and their ability to put food on the table and which bills you’re going to pay,” Vok said.
The group puts together grocery bags for families full of food items that will last about three to five days. From there, they deliver the goods directly to families in need.
“I wish you all could see the faces and the gratefulness when folks—you meet them at the door and they’ve just so thrilled to see us come there,” she said.
With more people reaching out needing the help, she says it can be hard to keep up.
“For 48 years, we’ve been able to keep it going, but you’re a little nervous every time.”
A weekend food drive helped to stock some of the shelves.
“They were really, really low,” said Vok, as she organized a shelf of canned goods.
She says they depend on donations in the fall and winter to last them through the spring.
“Whatever it is that everyone can do, every little piece helps, but it makes it happen. And if one little part of that puzzle falls through, it doesn’t happen,” Vok said.
She said they are hoping to have collection sites set up at some of the area schools this fall.
More information is available on their website: http://www.olneyhelp.org/