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RICHARDSON – More and more families are in need of food, clothing and rental assistance in North Texas, which is keeping the Network of Community Ministries very busy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Monday, July 13 the organization will be welcoming back its regular volunteers, but only about 30 percent of them are able to return to Network. So, its now turning to the community for help in recruiting more volunteers to sort and distribute food and clothing through its “drive through” system and make home deliveries to those unable to come to Network.

“The need for volunteers is huge because reliable folks through the National Guard and some other venue are just not available to use anymore. So, we’re welcoming volunteers back into the building but it will still be with all the safety precautions in place. There won’t be face to face with clients and we will be maintaining the social distancing,” said Cindy Shafer, CEO of Network of Community Ministries.

Clients at Network are now able to access the organization’s clothing closet through an online system and pick up without entering the building. In addition, house assistance, job search services and educational classes are maintaining their virtual format until further notice.

Also, on Monday, July 13 the Network will be modifying its hours to better serve families. The Network’s new hours are:

  • Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursdays Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. to Noon.

Visit www.thenetwork.org for more information.