The Community Café has been helping those in need for years and organizers would like to continue that duty, but to do that they will need the help of others.
The café is in need of serving groups to help out during the summer. Volunteer groups would fill in on open dates and provide pre-cooked food, enough to feed 60 to 80 people each night.
Smith-Cotton High School incoming senior Alyson Shaw, executive director of the café for the 2016-17 school year, said there is a need for serving groups who could be at the cafe from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Groups will be allowed into the cafe at 4 p.m. and will have access to microwaves to warm up any food. Shaw also said she would call the serving groups in advance to make sure they are available the day they’re needed.
Lorin Blackburn, National Honor Society adviser at Smith-Cotton High School and the adult adviser for the café, said NHS students do a good job of spreading the word, but it’s hard to get groups that aren’t in the school involved.
Sarah Skrzypczak, a student leader at the café, said, “Working at the café makes me feel good giving back to the community.” She also said it gives her a perspective of the people of Sedalia who most people don’t get to see.
Shaw said that without the café, people in the Sedalia community would either go hungry or struggle even more to get by.
“The community cafe is a very rewarding experience,” Blackburn said. “I hope the people in Sedalia will take time to look into it to help so our town can continue this service effort.”
The Community Café is located at 417 W. Pettis St. To volunteer, sign up on the café’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/sedaliacommunitycafe. Volunteers can then find the calendar and sign up for available dates.
For more information, send an email to [email protected]
Randi Ulmer is a student at Smith-Cotton High School.