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Serve food, compassion at Paz de Cristo

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Posted: Sunday, April 8, 2012 8:00 am

Every evening, more than 250 homeless and working poor people line up at 424 W. Broadway Road in Mesa, seeking a nutritious meal from Paz de Cristo Outreach Center. Every month, the center gives out more than 1,300 food boxes to those who are struggling to buy groceries.

It’s a big undertaking that couldn’t happen without the financial support of individuals, faith- and community-based groups, corporations and foundations — or without the help of volunteers.

There are several different volunteer opportunities at Paz de Cristo. Volunteers help with meal service from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. To assist with meal service, volunteers must be 10 years of age and older; all volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers also can help with the distribution of emergency food boxes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays and fourth Saturday of every month, and by giving out hygiene supplies from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Founded in 1988 by St. Timothy’s Catholic Community, Paz de Cristo is based on the belief that “everyone is a child of God and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”

A fitting motto this Easter Sunday.

To volunteer or get more information, visit pazdecristo.org or call Christine Oliviero at (480) 464-2370.

• A Helping Hand is our weekly spotlight on a volunteer opportunity in the East Valley. Find other ways to help at www.volunteermatch.org.

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