Volunteering is Easy When It’s Helping Your Community
Judy Clement likes to share God’s love, one sandwich at a time.
For more than a decade, Clement has been volunteering with PiN helping to distribute food to the clientele.
“PIN is the true example of being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ,” Clement said.
PiN provides food, clothing, shelter, and free medical care for people who are either homeless or extremely poor. The ultimate focus is to help the homeless of Hampton Roads transform their lives by meeting them where they are, and sharing about a God who loves them and wants a relationship with them.
The Clement and PiN combo is an excellent example of how volunteers affect their communities on a daily basis. It also highlights the goals of National Volunteer week, April 18-24.
Clement is no stranger to helping others. Her full-time job is a kitchen assistant with the Salvation Army.
“I like to volunteer because I get to share the love of God to his people,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to connect to others.”
PiN was founded in 2002 by serving 12 sandwiches to 5 homeless people. Within a year, PiN was providing food to 60 people every week. In 2003, PiN began offering clothing and hygiene supplies. By 2004, the ministry was offering medical care through volunteer nurses. In May of that same year, the organization became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Today PiN offers medical, housing, recovery services and training to local clientele. The group has secured space exclusively to meet the needs of area homeless.
“We continue to fill in the gaps and provide spiritual guidance to the homeless,” said Dallas Stamper, PiN’s executive director. “Lives are being changed.”