News from awhile back

 CEO is so grateful to Tyson Foods for their very generous $25,000 donation to our capital campaign. Than you, tyson Foods!

Rummage Sale a Great Success       In February the Quakers sponsored a rummage sale to benefit CEO, and raised $2500. Thanks go out to all who participated, especially to the Fayetteville Friends who organized it, and to Rolling Hills Baptist Church who provided the space.

Volunteer! A volunteer receptionist position is currently open, as well as substitute positions during the summer to accommodate vacations. If you cannot work from 1-3, other options may be available, such as the publicity committee, which does not require a weekly daytime commitment.

What’s in a number? 10,153 is the number of people that were provided food by CEO in 2013. Donations of food are appreciated as this frees more of our resources to provide assistance with things such as rent, utilities, and gasoline. CEO has recently benefited by food donations from Feed Fayetteville Lift Up America Oak Manor Christian Central United Methodist Retired Teachers Association Thank you to all of these groups who are helping to alleviate hunger in Washington County.

  Thank You, Melissa!

            Our treasurer of many years, Melissa Newport, has retired from her position. We cannot express enough gratitude for her many years of work taking care of the CEO finances. From making bank deposits, to keeping track of the capital campaign, to paying monthly bills, to reporting our financial status to the board each month, to tracking donations, and more, we are indebted to Melissa for her many years of work on behalf of CEO. Roger Haney will attempt to fill her very big shoes, and we are delighted to welcome him to the board.

Thank you, Melissa! We will miss you!

Fall 2013

We Are Home!

          August 22, 2013 saw the official opening of CEO’s new location on Huntsville Rd. Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan cut the ribbon in front of a crowd of supporters and volunteers. Rev. Suzanne Stoner of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church gave the opening prayer, and after a short program recognizing many who had been instrumental in securing the new facility, a closing prayer was given by Jody Farrell of Central United Methodist Church, after which everyone was invited inside for refreshments and tours of the building. For photos of the opening celebration visit the Cooperative Emergency Outreach facebook page, or click on the “new home” tab. There you can also find a link to the Ozarks At Large radio broadcast of the event.

          BUT- We have so far raised about 37% of the cost of the purchase and renovation. Our capital campaign is ongoing, so please consider making a donation by mailing a check, or using a credit/debit card on our website. Gifts of securities can also be accepted. And if you are required to take a distribution from your IRA, this is the last year that you can avoid tax by directing the distribution to a charity.

God’s Work Our Hands Sunday

           On September 8, members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church celebrated the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by doing volunteer workat several community sites. In one afternoon at CEO, these volunteers

Constructed and hung 3 acoustical boxes in the waiting room

Cleaned and mulched 5 flower beds

Washed windows

Bagged 200 pounds of dog food and 2 cases of cereal

Bagged 600 pounds of chicken donated by a church member

Keeping Up Appearances

Our new home came with a wide lawn, trees, and shrubbery. Beautiful, but that means extra work. Thanks to a group of young people from Sequoyah United Methodist Church, the greenspace in front of CEO has been kept pristine. Since we opened our doors in July, these youth have been coming every week to mow, trim, and tidy up, using mowers and weedeaters donated by members of their congregation. We are very appreciative and send a huge thank you to these youth for the ongoing donation of their time and energy!

St Joseph Church and School Serve CEO

          Much of the food that CEO purchases for distribution comes in 25 and 50 pound bags, such as rice and beans. While CEO does not purchase pet food, it is often donated by volunteers. All of these items must be broken down into more manageable one and two pound sizes. Once a month the 6th and 7th graders from St Joseph’s School visit our food pantry to help with this. In addition to bagging, the students also collect, sort, and shelve food. Our food room volunteers greatly appreciate this help!

          Another youth group, the Squires from St Joseph Church, recently spent a day collecting food attwo Harp’s locations. Over five cartloads of food were brought to CEO. We commend these young people for giving their time to serve others- thank you!

CUMC Hosts Food Drive 

          When a church becomes a member of CEO, one of the things they agree to is to host two food drives annually. The recent food drive at Central United Methodist Church netted 240 bags of food. CEO provides food to approximately 10,000 people each year. When food is received through donations and food drives, more funds are available to assist with rent, utility, and transportation needs. Thanks to everyone at CUMC who contributed in this most recent drive.

We are always in need of volunteers. Right now we are especially in need of receptionists. Even volunteering once or twice a month can help. To volunteer, email

Summer 2013

Capital Campaign in Full Swing

            CEO was recently blessed with a $26,000 contribution to its capital campaign fund that was presented by Central United Methodist Senior Pastor Tony Holifield. Nabholtz Construction is at work renovating and enlarging our new location at 1649 E Huntsville Rd in Fayetteville, with an anticipated moving date sometime in July. In addition, Central United Methodist contributed the printing, as well as folding, of a colorful fundraising flyer designed by their Communications Director Amy Patton. Thank you to everyone at CUMC!!

              On March 2 the Quakers sponsored a rummage sale which netted over $2,000! Space to hold the sale was generously provided by Rolling Hills Baptist Church.

              This spring several member churches partnered with Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt with sales supporting CEO, and in June store manager Marshall Laney presented CEO a check for $425. That’s a lot of yogurt!

              On June 21 there will be an event for the CEO campaign at Ruby Tuesday’s in Fayetteville. From 11:00 am-11:00 pm 20% of the cost of the meal will be donated to CEO when the CEO/Ruby Tuesday flyer is presented to your server. Pick up a flyer at the CEO offices or request one at Make it a party by bringing your friends and neighbors!

               We are so appreciative of all who have contributed to the Capital Campaign so far, but we still have a long way to go to our $400,000 goal. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 3631, Fayetteville, 72702, or use your credit or debit card on our web site Contributions of securities can be made by emailing

                Please mark your contribution “capital funds”.

Food Glorious Food

               We are so grateful for the many recent contributions of food. Each time CEO receives food, less of our funds are needed to purchase food. The postal workers at the Dickson St Post Office in Fayetteville collected four truckloads of food over the Mother’s Day weekend. In addition to the Capital Campaign contributions, Central United Methodist and their Good SAM committee sponsored a food drive in April.

                In May it was the members of St Joseph’s Catholic Church whose drive netted 285 bags of food. And back in February Boy Scout Troop 142, sponsored by First United Presbyterian Church, not only collected hundreds of food items, but sorted and stacked them in flats. Good Shepherd Lutheran and Sequoyah United Methodist have donated food monthly as part of ongoing food collections, and Trinity United Methodist Church continues its monthly “alphabet collection” for CEO, for example collecting Jelly in January, Fruit in February, etc. St Paul’s Episcopal has taken on the mission of remembering the pet companions of many of our clients and has contributed several bags of dog and cat food.

             Through a member of First Christian Church in Fayetteville we were the beneficiaries of 318 pounds of lunch meat and 82 dozen rolls from Hillshire Farms. And to top it off, Downstream Casino Resort, as part of a donation to the NWA Food Bank, designated an entire pallet of canned goods for CEO. Thank you to the Fayetteville Public Library for allowing us storage for some of our excess food!

Goodbye & Thanks

             CEO recently said goodbye to two board members. Len Clark, a long time board member representing Rolling Hills Baptist Church, served in many volunteer capacities, including interviewer, daily manager, and computer operator. He has retired from the board and continues to live in Fayetteville with his wife Shirley, also a former CEO volunteer. John Morris, who served as a board member for many years representing St Joseph’s Catholic Church, and most recently as volunteer coordinator for food supplies, has retired and moved to Texas. We thank both of these men for their many years of service!!

Custard or Lemon Meringue?

               We heard a rumor that the youth of Oak Manor Christian Church were challenged to collect 100 jars of peanut butter and jelly for CEO in order to throw a pie at their pastor. They collected 125. So what kind of pie was it, Pastor Mackey?

Volunteers Always Needed

                Volunteers are always needed, especially in the summer when many of the regular workers are travelling. There are many positions available, and you can donate as little as two hours a month. Contact your board representative, call, or email to volunteer, or to get more information.

January 2013

Happy New Year!

              It is a happy new year for CEO! A new home has been found on Huntsville Rd, and the purchase is being finalized. An architect is planning the necessary renovations to expand the building. Washington Regional Medical Center has agreed to allow the continued use of the current location during the construction phase of the enlargement of the new building. And our capital campaign is off to a good start. The initial goal of the capital campaign is $300,000. This will allow for the purchase and renovation of the new building, and establish an endowment to cover future costs of utilities, insurance, and repairs.When this is complete, CEO will have a permanent home, enabling us to continue to serve residents of Washington County for many years into the future. 

            In the past, our overhead has been so low that that approximately 96% of donations have gone directly to our clients. With the cost of the new building, we have established a separate building fund apart from our general fund. When making a donation, please indicate whether the funds are to go to the building fund or the general fund. The sooner we are able to fund the expenses of the move, the sooner we can again begin to put more of our funds to our clients’ use. You can make a donation by sending a check to CEO, PO Box 3631, Fayetteville, AR 72701, or use your credit or debit card at our website (Remember to indicate “capital campaign”) If you would like to make a donation of securities, contact us at

Food for Fines, VA Hospital, Ozarks Electric,

American Legion, UA Architecture

              We have received so many generous donations during this holiday season. Once again, the Fayetteville library “Food for Fines” program during November resulted in a windfall for CEO. The drive brought 3400 pounds of food to the CEO shelves.

              Another 900 pounds was amassed through the food drive sponsored by the employees of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fayetteville, as well as 1200 pounds collected by the UA School of Architecture.

              Food donations were also received from Ozarks Electric Cooperative & Post 27 of the American Legion. We are grateful to all of the employees, students, and members of these organizations who gave their time to collect and deliver this food, which helped enable CEO to feed 10,129 people in 2012. In addition, over $157,000 was provided in utility, rental, clothing, gasoline, and prescription assistance.

Volunteers Needed

              You can help the mission of CEO by volunteering for as little as two hours a month. At this time, we are especially in need of substitute receptionists, to work when the regularly scheduled receptionist is unable. The job of the receptionist is to greet clients, check ID, and assist with filling out paperwork. Other volunteer opportunities are also available, on a regular or substitute basis. If you would like to learn more about volunteering, contact your representative board member, or email

In Memoriam: Jim Wilson

               In Novermber 2012, CEO lost a long time, dedicated volunteer in Jim Wilson. Jim served on the board for many years, and worked in different volunteer capacities for CEO up until the year of death. His sunny smile will be missed by all who worked with him.

Fall 2012

We're Home Hunting

           For 17 years, Washington Regional Medical Center has generously allowed CEO the use of its property on Rock St, rent free. With the closing of City Hospital, the entire City Hospital campus will be for sale, and it is time for CEO to find a new home. And so we are not “house hunting”, but “home hunting”, because CEO is much more than just a building. It is a home for the spirit and generosity of the people of Washington County, where those in our  community can come for assistance when they find themselves in need of food for their families, help with a bill, and sometimes a supportive word or pat on the back.

           In August, CEO received a letter from a client who had been the recipient of rental assistance. 

He said, “…On behalf of my family, we wish to express our appreciation for this ministry and the generosity of church and community members….who donated…the funds for rental assistance. Thank you so much for …meeting needs of families in Washington County. I believe this an innovative and effective ministry and it has been a blessing to our household.”

In 2011, CEO provided $29,000 in rental assistance. In total, nearly $200,000 was distributed to clients for rent, utilities, gasoline, and prescriptions. 9,500 people were provided with a 3-day supply of food, as well as diapers, razors, toothpaste, and other personal goods.

Where will our new home be? We don’t know. We are actively searching for options. Friends, supporters, and volunteers are scouring south Fayetteville (our preferred location) and sending leads about buildings that might be suitable, other organizations that may have space to share, individuals who might donate land, buildings, or space, or simply new ideas. All it takes is faith that a new home will be found, and we have that in abundance. We welcome all suggestions.

Kids Camp Collects

In July the stars of the St Josephs Kids Camp collected 400 pounds of canned fruit, tuna, peanut butter, cereal, and toilet tissue. This was especially appreciated since the food pantry is often low during the summer months.

Thanks to Kyle Kellams at kuaf for his story on Ozarks at Large highlighting our search for a new home. You can hear the story by going to and searching for "cooperative emergency outreach".

Summer 2012

A Generous Community

We are truly blessed to reside in such a generous community. This past spring has presented an
outpouring of food donations that has shown the heart of the people of Northwest Arkansas.

In February, Boy Scout troop 142 collected over 2,250 food items. Many of the scouts and leaders
helped even more by coming to CEO to assist in sorting and storing the food. A food drive was also held
in February by Cub Scout Pack 854. They delivered 3,465 pounds of food.

Thank you, scouts! We appreciate you so much.

“Lift Up America” was an event in March that was held in conjunction with the NWA Food Bank,
Tyson Foods, and the UA Athletic Dept. CEO received 500 pounds of chicken.

In May, CEO was the grateful beneficiary of the Joyce St, Fayetteville post office food drive, which filled our shelves to overflowing. A huge thank you to all of the postal workers who gave their time to collect food, unload it from their trucks, and place it in bins!

The generosity of the community continued in May, when the Columbian Squires of St. Joseph’s
solicited food from shoppers outside of the Harp’s store on Crossover Rd. Two of our member churches,
Central United Methodist and St. Joseph’s Catholic, also had large food drives the same month. This food
is especially needed during the summer months when school is out & children are at home.

 Community help like this enables CEO to continue its mission to provide emergency aid to those
in need in Fayetteville and south Washington Co. Thanks to you 9,499 people were provided a 3 day
supply of food in 2011. Monetary assistance was distributed in the form of help with rent, utilities,
prescriptions, gasoline, and clothing.

Rummage Sale Nets $$

The Fayetteville Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) held a rummage sale in March for the benefit of CEO
that netted over $600. Food is only a small part of what CEO does. Monetary donations like this enable
CEO to provide rental, utility,and prescription assistance toclients.

How Does Your Garden Grow?
CEO clients have already been the beneficiaries of fresh produce from community and
private gardens. Since many low income diets are heavily weighted toward beans, rice, and macaroni,
these donations of fresh produce are a welcome addition. If your garden is producing more than you can
use, donations may be brought to the CEO office from 1-3 pm. (CEO is closed on weekends, so if
produce is too ripe to survive comfortably over a weekend, it is best to bring it earlier in the week.)


Winter 2011/2012

Food for Fines Fills Shelves

          In November patrons of the Fayetteville Public Library were given the opportunity to have their fines forgiven in exchange for a contribution of food. This initiative netted nearly 2700 pounds of food for CEO. This helped fill the shelves for the over 600 people that received food from CEO in December.  Thank you to all of the staff & patrons of FPL!

Let It Snow!

          CEO was the lucky beneficiary of "snowmen" made by students at Greenland Elementary School. The snowmen, made of rolls of toilet paper, were decorated with Christmas candy, small toys, and other personal items. The students did a fun craft project, learned about helping others, and CEO had a little extra to distribute during the holidays. Now that's a win-win situation!

 Fore! for Food

          Many, many thanks to Stonebridge Meadows Golf Course for three large donations of food. Boxed and canned food items were collected as entry fees in several golf tournaments, and CEO scored a hole in one!

Columbian Squires Food Drive

          The youth group at St Joseph's Catholic Church, the Columbian Squires, filled 40 bags of food for CEO in November. The youth distributed bags with lists of needed items, and collected them the following week. A big thank you to all of the young people who participated!

Food was also received from:

The UA Hospitality Dept & American Dietetic Assn.

The VA Hospital

Fayetteville High School

Walgreens on Crossover & Mission in Fayetteville

Thank you all so much!

Alternative Gift Market

           The Alternative Gift Market was held at St Paul's Church in December, and CEO raised over $1300. The alternative market encourages people to contribute to local, national, & international charities in honor of friends & family members in lieu of more traditional gifts. Thanks go to Suzi Freeman, Tammy Graham, & Margaret Brooner-Wilson for working the booth.

Noon Lions

           Publicity Chair Anabelle Steelman-Berry recently presented a program to the Fayetteville Noon Lions Club. The group held a mini food drive to celebrate the event, and enjoyed learning about how CEO operates in the community.

           Speakers are always available. If your group, class, or organization needs a program speaker, contact publicity chair Anabelle Steelman-Berry or board president Margaret Brooner-Wilson.


  Fall 2011

Tales from the Heart of CEO

            CEO helps hundreds of people each month. But the work is done one on one- one client, one volunteer- two people coming together to give whatever possible. Here is the story of one such encounter as told by one of our interviewers:

                When I walked into the interview room (a private space) I could tell that she had been crying.  Cora composed herself and began her story:  “I’ve been married 17 years.   I haven’t worked since my first son was born 15 years ago.   My other son is 13.  About four months ago my husband lost his job.   He told me his brother in North Carolina had a job for him so we took most of the money out of our bank account for him to get to North Carolina.  He said he’d send most of his first paycheck back in a couple of weeks.  That was four weeks ago and last week I was served with divorce papers.”  At that point she began sobbing.  Her anquish was heartbreaking.  Her story continued.  Her husband had also cleaned out their savings, wasn’t working in North Carolina, and she couldn’t find him.  She had no money to pay her utility bills, buy groceries or put gasoline in her car.  Her 15 year-old had found a part-time job mowing three lawns and was giving her his pay.  She looked up and said, “Do you have any idea how that makes me feel?  I’m having to take money from my child!  What am I going to do”?  When Cora left CEO she had food for three for three days (with a little extra-- two teen-aged boys!), a voucher for gasoline, assistance with her utility bill and a list of every helping agency in Washington County including three that provide free legal aid.  I gave her a hug when she left – she looked like she could use one.

         Fortunately for the interviewers, not every story is so tragic.  And I’m sure a few clients take advantage of CEO, but most are just folks like us who need a little extra help.   I am so thankful that RHBC [Rolling Hills Baptist Church] is using part of the Davis Trust Endowment to provide such a generous gift to CEO.

          You can help people in our community like Cora by mailing a check to CEO or visiting our website, , and making a donation using your credit or debit card.

VBS Nets Food for CEO

                This summer Good Shepherd Lutheran, Rolling Hills Baptist, and First Christian had a joint Bible school, during which a food drive was held and a pickup truck load of food was delivered to CEO. We are grateful to all of the VBS teachers, parents, & students who participated.

          Good Shepherd Lutheran also collects food throughout the year in special black “bread boxes” and delivers several bags of food each week. CEO exists and thrives because of this kind of generosity. Let us know what you are doing, or contact us if you would like suggestions on how to help.

Who’s Talking?

CEO Board President Margaret Brooner-Wilson is, at the Fayetteville Evening Lions Club on September 26. Contact us if your group or organization would like a CEO representative to present a program.

  Wearable Art

                Get a jump on the holidays! We are again selling Christmas tree & Angel pins for only $16. These beautiful, one of a kind pins are wonderful to give or keep. The pins are available in the CEO office, or see any volunteer. All proceeds benefit CEO.


Summer 2011

See the 2010 end of year financial information on the "about us" page.

                                                         Special Projects

                Some churches have extra projects for CEO. Central United Methodist collects personal items, such as shampoo & toothpaste. A group at St Paul’s Episcopal collects pet food. St Joseph’s church & school send students to bag beans & rice. Trinity United Methodist has a fun, alphabetical  approach to food drives. Each month a certain food item is highlighted, such as Jelly in June, Apples (or other fruit) in August, or Spaghetti in September. Let us know if your church has any special CEO projects.

A BIG thank you to the  Boy Scout Troop 142 from First United Presbyterian & to the Fayetteville Letter Carriers for their recent donations of thousands of food itens& to Central United Methodist for their recent food drive

If you are in the CEO offices, take note of the beautiful new floor. The volunteers & clients are thrilled to have a bright new tile floor to replace the worn, stained carpet. The new floor was paid for by donations earmarked specifically for the floor, and all those working in the office are extremely grateful.

  Winter 2010/2011

See coverage of our 20th anniversary party on the "Anniversary" page.

The Northwest Arkansas community again proved its generosity this season.
Many local groups supported CEO by holding holiday food drives. Thank you so much!!

UA School of Architecture
VA Hospital
St Joseph’s Church & School
Central United Methodist Church
Holcomb School
A. Diablo’s Amer. Nat’l Gov. Class UA
Sequoyah Methodist Church

Betty Loewer, one of CEO’s  interviewers, volunteered to share the following story about one of her clients:

 I’ll call her “Anna”. She was a 68-year old widow living on her social security income.  Her first words to me were, “I’ve never asked for help from anyone before.  I’ve always been able to pay my own way.”  Her daughter and son-in-law had 3 little girls about 3, 6 and 7 years old.  One day Anna answered a knock on her door.  Standing on her porch were her  three grandchildren each holding a small plastic bag of their belongings watching their parents drive away.  Anna said, “Those two messed up their lives and now are only one step away from the law.”  With tears in her eyes she explained that she had taken the little girls into her home but with her small fixed income she was struggling to feed and clothe them.  Having been self sufficient all her life she didn’t know where to go for help.  A friend told her about CEO.  When Anna left that day she had food for four for three  days, a voucher for clothing at a thrift store, and a list of every helping agency in Washington County.  Anna’s last words were, “I’ll be praying for you people here.  You’re doing God’s work.  I just can’t thank you enough.” 

                                                                                   With your support CEO can continue to help people like "Anna".

 The Quakers will be holding a rummage sale in February 2011, with part of the proceeds to benefit CEO. Watch for more information when date/time is finalized!

Fall 2010

A Day in the Life

                Everyone knows that CEO provides food and other assistance, but what does that mean, and how does it work? Follow a client through a day at CEO.

                CEO doors open at 1:00, but it’s not unusual for people to begin lining up at 12:00, or even earlier.  When the doors open, clients are given a number in order of arrival. The receptionist greets the client, checks their identification, and determines that they live in the CEO service area (Washington county south of the Mall). Anyone living north of the Mall may be given a list of agencies that offer help to those residents. The client fills out a basic questionnaire indicating the number of people in the household, their available resources, and what sort of help they are requesting.

                When the client’s number is called, they are conducted to an interview room where an interviewer determines what type of assistance is needed, and how CEO can best help. The next step is for the interviewer to confer with the daily manager. The interviewer and the daily manager discuss the situation and the needs of the client. It is then the decision of the daily manager to determine what help can be given and to write a check to the utility, rental agency, gas station, etc. The manager is allotted a limited amount of money each day, based on CEO’s available funds. If food was requested, the workers in the food pantry have been filling grocery bags during the conference. The interviewer then returns to the client with the food, checks, or vouchers that have been approved by the daily manager. The final step is for the interviewer to note in the client’s file what help was given, as well as any other notes that might help another interviewer during a subsequent visit. This also allows CEO to monitor the history of a client to ensure that we use our resources as effectively as possible.                

              On any given day, the staff of CEO includes a daily manager, a computer worker, a receptionist, two food room workers, and four interviewers. Contact us if you would like to become a CEO volunteer.

CEO is currently in extreme need of food and funds. It has been necessary to spend several hundred dollars each week to keep our shelves stocked. CEO is one of only a few agencies that  helps with utility and rent payments, and the only one in the area that provides vouchers for gasoline. When funds are used to purchase food, there is less for other emergencies. Please consider having your church, community, or civic group sponsor a food drive to benefit CEO. 

Did you know?

The extreme temperatures of this past August created quite an increase in people’s utility bills, and meant that CEO was helping to pay more electric bills than ever before, putting more of a strain on already stretched finances. Did you know that you can designate a contribution specifically to a heating/cooling fund? Just enclose a note with your contribution, or write “heating/cooling” on  the me memo line of your check. 

Summer 2014

Post Office Food Drive

            A big Thank You goes to the National Association of Letter Carriers at the Fayetteville Joyce Street Post Office who collected 2,625 pounds of food for CEO. We are so appreciative of the time donated by these postal workers, and to the CEO volunteers who loaded and transported the food to our office.
            Pictured below with some of the donated food are CEO daily manager coordinator Maxine
LeBlanc, board past president Vic Langanke, food coordinator Paul LeBlanc, NALC local president
Tom Hill, pantry manager Michele Del Sol.
           Contact us if your group or organization would like to sponsor a food drive. Remember that the less CEO spends on food, the more is available for rent, utility, transportation, or prescription assistance.

Post Office Collects More Than Letters A big Thank You goes to the National Association of Letter Carriers at the Fayetteville Joyce Street Post Office who collected 2,625 pounds of food for CEO. We are so appreciative of the time donated by these postal workers, and to the CEO volunteers who loaded and transported the food to our office. Pictured with some of the donated food are CEO daily manager coordinator Maxine LeBlanc, board president Joe Dushan, food coordinator Paul LeBlanc, NALC local president Tom Hill, pantry manager Michele Del Sol. Contact us if your group or organization would like to sponsor a food drive. Remember that the less CEO spends on food, the more is available for rent, utility, transportation, or prescription assistance.

        There are so many ways to volunteer at CEO, in addition to working at the CEO office.

Some of the jobs that need to be done are 

**Deliver and pick up copies that are made by member churches, usually 3-4 times/year
          This can be done any time during the week when the church office is open
**Unload food at CEO on Thursday afternoons, about 2:30. This requires being able to lift and shelve cans of food and other items.
**Pick up a standing CEO food order once a month (usually the last Wed). This takes about
          3 hours, and requires being able to load and unload the food into a car or truck.
**Monitor the CEO email account. This requires a computer and can be done from home.
**Sort and repackage eggs on Thursday afternoons, around 3:00.

**Be on a call list to help bag rice, beans, cereal, or to put away food when food drive bags are delivered.

**Save plastic grocery bags and deliver to CEO to be reused.

** Work on the publicity committee. This requires some knowledge of computers and   internet access.

              Contact us to volunteer!

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