Volunteers, organizations come together in Mattapoisett

Dec 31, 2017

Jillian Zucco, a Mattapoisett resident and current Miss Massachusetts, set up a volunteer expo on Friday to help connect organizations with volunteers.

There were a variety of organizations in attendance, ranging from the Mattapoisett Woman’s Club to Mission 22, which aims to prevent veteran suicide.

Becky Brosnan was at the expo with Sister Rose, which provides a transition home for people recovering from addiction, as well as provides shelter and a hot meal for the New Bedford homeless population during cold winter nights.

“We have a team of people that gets the meals ready, we serve it, and when we’re done we clean it all up,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of people taking info today.”

Madeline Reid of the Woman’s Club said they had also gotten interest at the expo. The club is not only philanthropic by providing scholarships to students, but it’s also a social club.

“We raise money for scholarships, we plant gardens in town, there are different interest groups,” Reid said. “We also have speakers come in.”

Vietnam War veteran Joseph Mullin had a table for Mission 22, a grassroots organization that recruits individuals across the country to help veterans. The idea is that veterans who are struggling can contact Mission 22 representatives near them, and that person can help set the veteran up with a service to help, whether it be a detox program, service dogs, health and housing access, or anything in between.

“I tried to commit suicide twice,” Mullin said. “So with Mission 22, we try to figure out what’s going on and what we can do to help before it gets to that.”

Some of the other organizations at the expo included Gifts to Give, Hospice Service of Massahusetts, the Mattapoisett Land Trust and Community Nurse Homecare.