As I have done for the past two years, I went into this fall planning to volunteer for the Goodfellows in the City of Taylor. I do not belong to the Goodfellows, I just believe in what they are doing. As a member of the board of the Little League, I am friends with the president, who just so happens to be the member of the Goodfellows responsible for the “No Child Without a Christmas” program. They stand on the corner or in front of local businesses every year gathering donations to help with their cause and I have been blessed to have been asked to help.

This year, after becoming an AmeriCorps member, I realized my opportunity to participate may be in danger. I have been unemployed for the past two years, but all that has changed. When I brought up volunteering with Goodfellows to my site supervisor Carol Meyers, she was very supportive and said, “we will work it out.” Armed with this vote of confidence, I then turned to my friend in the organization and asked if I could put my flyers for the Foreclosure Prevention Program and classes in each of the boxes that we hand out this year. He thought for a minute and said he would have to see if it was ok. I then said, “If these are people who cannot afford presents and food during the holidays, surely they are in need of help with their mortgage also.” After thinking for a brief moment he said ” You print the flyers, we will put them in; but I do need help.” “Of course,” I said. “We can help each other.”

So, on December 15-17, I will be hauling boxes of food to cars for people in need (which was 12 hour days and snow storms last year). I will get to shake the hands and hug the appreciative recipients (400 registered), and personally talk to each one. It is a lot of work, but it will be worth it all around. Incidentally, I have now also applied to Southgate Goodfellows with the same offer as they are open on different days; we await their answer.

Guy Cox is an Americorps member at Wayne Metro Community Action Agency.
This post is part of a blog series highlighting the viewpoints of Michigan AmeriCorps Foreclosure Prevention Corps members serving at different foreclosure host sites around Michigan. View information about the program or see more stories in this series.

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