Letter: Volunteering can affect many lives

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I would like to bring attention to a terrific program in Clark County that is benefitting people in need of temporary shelter during the winter months. The program is the Winter Hospitality Overflow program or simply WHO.

Temporary shelter is available at both St Andrew Lutheran Church and St Paul Lutheran Church. These locations work closely with the Council for the Homeless and Share to provide assistance. The program provides beds for up to 50 women, children and families at St Andrew and 24 single men at St Paul. With the tough economic times, we are seeing more families, many with young children, needing shelter.

I had the privilege of volunteering for this program and was pleased to see so many lives affected in a positive way. More than 40 local organizations and many individuals are involved in volunteering to staff WHO locations. Everyone involved makes a difference in lives each and every day. Programs such as WHO need help from community members to continue the assistance they provide.

We should all be proud that our community has so many people who are dedicated to our neighbors in need. If you have thought about ways to help in our community, consider helping through the WHO.

Kirk Johnson

Vancouver