Members of the Alma Extension Homemakers Club recently donated money and clothes to help support the Alma Community Outreach Center.

Jean Medlock, Betty Cole and Barbara Armstrong, members of the Alma Extension Homemakers Club, presented Rick Wilson, Alma Community Outreach Center director, with a $352.55 check on Thursday, April 27.

Club members have been collecting cash and clothes for the outreach as part of a special project, Medlock said.

“We considered that we might support them with money, volunteer labor and by whatever means possible,” Medlock said.

Alma EHC members decided to do a local project at the beginning of 2017, Medlock said. Eldon Mushrush, former director for the outreach center, was invited to speak at the club’s February meeting about the nonprofit organization.

Cole said Alma EHC chose the outreach for their main project because it is “close to the hearts” of the members. She hopes their actions will bring attention to the outreach and its financial needs, she said.

“We want to catch someone else’s eye and make them want to support the outreach,” Cole said.

As part of the project a monetary donation is taken at the club’s monthly meetings. Quarterly collections will be donated to the outreach center again in August and November, Cole said.

Alma EHC members have also volunteered their time, and they donated a large box of clothes to the outreach. Clothing and shoes for adults and children were secured by club members at a recent yard sale, Cole said.

Alma EHC members record their activities in a project workbook to share ideas with future new members, Cole said.

Alma Community Outreach Center provides food, clothes and basic hygiene products to local people in need. With the support of local churches, it serves about 160 people a week.

Food boxes are available Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.