The Community Services League’s Blue Springs location, 200 S.W. 10th St., now has new days of operation and is hoping to be open a third day of the week if it can acquire more volunteers.
Starting this month, CSL Blue Springs site manager Melodie Chrisman says, her location is now open every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. She also said she is hoping to begin being open every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. by the end of October. However, in order for the outreach program to be open a third day, volunteers will be needed.
“We need three volunteers for each shift from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.,” she said. “It is such a rewarding service that people give when they volunteer their time here. We mostly have retired teachers and this office could not run without them.”
If interested in volunteering, contact the Blue Springs office at 816-229-0033.
CSL is the most comprehensive, non-profit food pantry in Blue Springs, Chrisman says. Most of CSL’s cilents are the working poor, or whose incomes fall below the current poverty line, she and CEO Doug Cowan have said.
“There are families here (in Blue Springs) who, as they say, were on the other side of poverty a couple of months ago,” said Chrisman. “They just need a little help to get back on their feet and that is what we are for.”
Another service CSL provides is its Work Express Program, where job counselors help with resume preparation, job leads, interviews, etc. to help the unemployed get back in the workforce.
“When we do our work, it benefits Blue Springs because people get back to work and they (put) their money right back into the community.”
Recently, CSL Blue Springs collected enough school supplies to fulfill the entire district-issued list for 350 students living in Blue Springs. Plus they all received a backpack, tennis shoes and flip-flops.
“The children were so happy. That’s what it is all about. They went to school with everything they needed.”
Coming up for the Blue Springs office is the annual food drive, plus preparing for the Christmas Store held every year at Blue Springs Assembly Church, where more than 300 Blue Springs families in need receive presents during the holiday season.
“We are here to be good stewards of that trust in us and are proud of how far we can stretch a dollar to meet as many needs as we possibly can.”
For more information about CSL, visit www.cslcares.org .