Over 200 people volunteer their time at Caring Hands each year. They allow our various programs to run smoothly, and we are so grateful for the many volunteers God has provided. Meet one of these faithful volunteers, Steve Wallace, who serves in a unique and incredibly helpful way!
What is your church home?
Altoona United Methodist Church
When did you begin volunteering at Caring Hands?
March of 2022
What inspired you to serve at Caring Hands?
I have been in the furniture business for 66 years, repairing and refinishing antiques. When I dropped off donations at Caring Hands, I noticed the Secondhand Treasures store needed a repair person, so I approached Melanie Carlson. And as the saying goes - the rest is history.
What do you typically do when you volunteer?
Just about anything they need that involves wood. I've installed shelving and pegboards to hang artwork and built dollies and furniture carts. I help replenish the store inventory when items sell. Many other oddball projects along the way. And repair furniture, which was the original plan.
Tell us about a time you were blessed by your work as a volunteer at Caring Hands.
Every time we sell a piece of furniture, especially one I've worked on, it is a blessing because I know the money raised will put food on the table for someone in need.
What do you wish people knew about Caring Hands?
The most important thing is that this is a legitimate organization. I am originally from New York City and can tell you all about the word judgmental. Caring Hands is the direct opposite; we judge no one!
Tell us one thing most people don't know about you.
I have 17 grandchildren!