Caring Center topic for Noon Optimist Club

The Marshalltown Noon Optimist Club met at the Y Cultural Center Thursday with Jane Jech presiding. Jane opened with the pledge of allegiance and invocation. Upcoming events include the Pedal Pull Competition in September.

The speaker was Karen Weltzin. Weltzin has held various jobs with the Salvation Army and Red Cross which makes her well-equipped for her volunteer position at the Caring Center, 110 W. Main St. The Caring Center began in 1987 by the same organization that created the House of Compassion and the Emergency Food Box. It is a tax-exempt organization that operates under a Board and has seven volunteers that work from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday.

The Caring Center provides clothing, bedding, kitchen and household items, suitcases, etc. for victims of fires, domestic abuse, and other low income individuals in the community. Local churches, businesses, and community members donate money and other items to help with the needs. Currently, they are in desperate need for men’s clothing and are seeking volunteers to help. More than 2,000 clients were served last year and current numbers are showing a growing need for 2014.

The meeting concluded with the Optimist Creed. The Noon Optimist Club meets each Thursday noon at the Y Cultural Center. Please join us, guests are always welcomed. Visit our web site www.noonoptimist.org.