Since 1996, the Carpenter Center in Terrytown has always focused on the community and providing activities and programs that are inclusive to anyone, no matter their ability to pay. As a non-profit, the Center offers its programs primarily, but not exclusively, to parents, children and the elderly who lack the financial resources to access existing educational and recreational opportunities.
One of the many ways the Carpenter Center is helping meet the needs of the Community is through the Community Meal Program which offers homecooked meals at an affordable cost. With the closing of area senior centers, the impact to people who struggle with hunger has become critical. The meal program is open to anyone, and in addition to dining at the Center itself, the Center also delivers meals to the elderly and disabled who otherwise would not have a hot, nutritious daily meal. Meals are delivered to Scottsbluff, Gering, Terrytown and Minatare. These folks would not eat if there weren’t volunteers to assist in delivering the meals from the Carpenter Center.
The Community Meal Program is expanding on a daily basis and the Center is now begging for help from the community. The Carpenter Center is in desperate need of volunteers to assist in delivering meals. According to Matt Carpenter, Carpenter Center Executive Director, “If we don’t have the volunteers to help deliver meals, the program won’t be able to continue to provide meals to those who are most vulnerable in our community- the elderly and disabled. It breaks my heart to think that we might have to eliminate delivering meals to those who are hungry and have no other options. Time is of the essence to get volunteers to keep the program going.”
If you are interested in volunteering to make sure people are not going hungry, please call the Carpenter Center at 308-635-8422.