It’s not surprising to find Mark and Patty Couch in an upstairs area at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas’ Hope Distribution Center. They are busy inventorying, packaging and moving furniture and household items as the resettlement program prepares for the arrival of a new refugee family.

“Setting up and moving furniture in for refugees has made us appreciate how difficult it would be for them to move to a new country and start a new life with so little. We feel fortunate to be able to help out,” says Patty, who began volunteering along with her husband following retirement.

The duo were among a select group of volunteers from 22 non-profit organizations recently recognized by the United Way of Wyandotte County Executive Council. “They go above and beyond in their service,” says Cari Olberding, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator for Catholic Charities. “They beam love and kindness to all our neighbors in need, serving in a multitude of our programs.”

Mark and Patty also lend a hand at the Olathe Emergency Assistance Center, helping with the food pantry, clothing closet and monthly mobile food distribution. Plus, Patty serves as the Catholic Charities parish liaison for St. Paul’s, and completed financial mentor training.

The Couch’s aren’t just volunteers – they’re some of Catholic Charities’ best advocates for volunteer growth. They encourage others to give back by donating their time to serve. “There are so many different volunteer opportunities with Catholic Charities. If you don’t know someone who volunteers there, find a friend and sign up for something!” adds Patty.

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