It’s National Volunteer Week here at Orange County Rescue Mission and throughout the nation. Calling attention to the impactful work of our volunteer force is a meaningful opportunity for me as a nonprofit leader. Volunteers are necessary and important members of our team who help to end homelessness one life at time. Ken and Pam Lask are two of those team members who have faithfully volunteered for many years.
Several summers ago, Ken and Pam joined some friends from Coast Hills Church to serve a barbeque meal at the Rescue Mission. As they served, the students touched their hearts. Ken shared, “After hearing an incredible story of how the Mission started and the vision of creating opportunities for the future, we definitely wanted to get more involved!”
Before long, Ken and Pam didn’t just volunteer in one facet of the Rescue Mission, but several! They have led and taught multiple programs, such as life skills and job search training. And they have continued serving food with the Chili Van outreach program and providing birthday celebrations for students. Ken and Pam have expanded their scope of volunteer ministry over the years, as they have found that the Rescue Mission offers opportunities that are a good fit for their interests and skills. “We see Jesus working every time we step foot on the Rescue Mission campus.”
All the while, they are developing relationships with those they serve. They connect personally with the students, whether they are teaching or serving food. “While each of us has our own unique story, what we all have in common is that we all need the strength, courage, and wisdom of Jesus Christ. The students’ commitment to growing is so inspirational. To us, they are all heroes.”