Helping Hands Initiative: Catholic Charities Community Services

ODESSA -- If you're interested in volunteering with Catholic Charities Community Services of Odessa, you can find more information online HERE.

For a year and a half Catholic Charities Odessa was shut down after the roof to their thrift shop was damaged by storms.

They've since reopened and are now seeing a jump in the number of people asking for help.

Sara Aguilar is the new Executive Director for Catholic Charities Odessa but she isn't new to charity.

"My family has grown up inside the Catholic church and we've always volunteered at Catholic Charities. When I was a kid, my parents would bring us to Catholic Charities and we would work in the pantry," said Aguilar.

Money raised by the thrift shop goes towards supplying their food pantry. The charity says that the government shutdown and high cost of living in West Texas have caused the number of those in need to rise.

Catholic Charities also helps out in the community by offering tutoring for the citizenship test and English as Second Language classes.

They also assist at-risk students with studying for the GED.

Aguilar says this all is only possible because of their volunteers.

"We really need volunteers. The agency was shut down for over a year and a half. We had a large volunteer base, well during that year and a half that the agency was shut down the volunteers kind of scattered...we're in desperate need of volunteers."

Catholic Charities is looking for help from people willing to make donations of clothing or food or those looking to donate their time.

Their thrift store is located at 2500 Andrews Highway across from Odessa College.