Volunteer fair helps Cape Girardeau-Jackson area organizations attract help

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Tiffany Mead started as a volunteer at Tiger Lilies four years ago. 

Now she is the program director for this organization whose mission is to help fifth and sixth grade girls become well-rounded human beings. 

Mead explained what her involvement in this program has meant to her. 

“It’s changed me,” she said. “It’s allowed me to look at myself and say, ‘Okay, how can I take what I have and share it, and pour it into them to help them grow and develop?’” 

Mead and members of 20 other organizations attended Sunday’s volunteer fair to get the word out about the work they do and, as a result, bring new volunteers into the fold. 

Voices for Children/CASA provides a voice for foster children in court. 

Mark Hotop, the primary organizer of the event and volunteer coordinator for the organization, as well as Executive Director Sharon Hileman say the volunteers for this organization have gone above and beyond.

“I’ve seen them do almost miraculous work when they get with the children,” Hotop said.

“Sometimes it’s overwhelming because we have such wonderful volunteers,” Hileman said. “They devote so much time and energy into what they do.” 

But Voices for Children/CASA, like several other organizations, have struggled to find volunteers.  

“We had so many that couldn’t be here today because they didn’t have the volunteers to come man a table,” Hileman said.

And so, on this day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day and beyond, the question remains. 

“What are you doing for others? And so I think that’s really important to remember, not just this weekend, but all the time,” Hileman said.

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