Volunteer Spotlight



That’s the single word Marcella Wengerd uses to describe the feeling she gets from showing up each week to volunteer at Save & Serve Thrift Shop, a place Marcella describes as “a unique place to make a difference and find treasures.”

The Wengerds have been “making a difference” at Save & Serve for quite a while. They first heard about the opportunity through others at their church who also enjoyed volunteering their time, which prompted Marcella and Eli to try it for themselves. That was eight years ago, and since then, the Wengerds have made the commitment to travel from their home in the Walnut Creek/Trail area to Save & Serve at least once per week, but they also fill in once in a while when additional help is needed. They both work behind the counter as cashiers, sharing their kind smiles and caring words with everyone they greet. Marcella says she loves cashier work, which is a role she has enjoyed for many years even outside of Save & Serve. She and Eli both enjoy the opportunity to interact with all the people who come looking for a bargain, a treasure, or just the enjoyment of browsing the latest items on the shelves.

“It gives us a chance to get out and make a difference in the lives of other people,” Marcella says.

“Marcella most definitely has the gift of serving!” says Jenny Hoftstetter, Save & Serve Thrift Shop’s Soft Goods manager. “Her positive attitude and compassion for others makes for a great combination as she serves each Friday morning as a cashier. Save & Serve is very fortunate that Marcella is willing to share her talents with us to better further our mission of meeting basic human need in the name of Christ, both locally and globally.”

One customer, Pat F., recently said, “ I just love them. I come in on Fridays just to see them!”

And while those who interact with her clearly benefit from that experience, Marcella insists she’s the one who’s blessed. Or, in a word, fulfilled.

“I love working in a pleasant environment with other great people as well as trying to be a positive influence in the lives of our customers,” Marcella adds.

The Wengerds, like other volunteers, have seen firsthand how Save & Serve Thrift Shop is making a difference not just locally, but around the world by providing basic human needs in the name of Christ.