Sometimes when we hear about organizations that do good for others, we forget they started because someone saw a need and wanted to do something about it.
Somehow I recently was added to an e-mail distribution list for a wonderful organization that deserves to be spotlighted.
The Marcus Sharon Gunter Foundation is a network of volunteers that provide various services to people in our county who need some sort of assistance during tough economic times. I recently spoke with Sharon Gunter to find out more.
Married to county native Marcus Gunter for the past 18 years, Sharon stressed her family history as a major factor in helping others.
"I grew up in a lower middle class family and there were many people in the community who helped us and I didn’t even know it," Sharon said. "We had a happy childhood. My parents were loving and were always reaching out and helping others."
As an adult, Sharon discovered the church where her father was minister of music had been generous to her family.
"Someone even paid the milkman to deliver fresh milk for us," she said.
Previously a single mother for eight years, Sharon remembers the struggles she faced.
"Things were often tight," she said. "I was working in corporate America, but it was often difficult to make ends meet."
A performance music major in college, Sharon turned to teaching music to children, which besides being her passion ended up providing a supplement for her salary.
A few years ago Sharon saw a disturbing trend in our community.
"I started noticing there were an increasingly large number of people who were hungry, tired and hurting," she said.
Sharon said she wanted to do something, even if it was just providing a meal for the hungry.
"There are so many people in Forsyth County who come from a long line of people who would never ask for help. That is one group we want to reach," she said.
Sharon told me several stories about how some of our neighbors have fallen on hard times. "We want to give people a hand up, not a hand out."
Sharon and Marcus formed their foundation to reach out and help hundreds of people in our community. The third Saturday of each month, the organization provides a free meal to those interested at McDonald & Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Drive in Cumming. In addition, meals are delivered to those who may have transportation issues.
"The meal we served this month was a huge success," Sharon said. "We will serve food from noon until 2 p.m. or until the food runs out."
Please join me in signing up to help Sharon with this important mission. We are all busy, I know. But most of us can spare an extra few hours every month or so to help cook, serve and deliver a meal to a hungry family.
For more information about this, go online to www.marcus-sharon-gunter-foundation.org.
Adlen Robinson is author of "Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home." E-mail her at email@example.com.