Three organizations that serve Worthington are hoping that volunteers don't forget about helping out throughout the new year.

Two of them are food pantries.

Nick Linkenhoker, executive director of the Worthington Resource Pantry, said the organization always has a significant amount of help around the holidays and that most of its holiday events are over. He said pantry organizers have a harder time getting volunteers after the holidays are over.

"Come January and February, people stop thinking about the food pantry," he said.

He said the organization is run mostly by volunteers, everything from the design of the website to stocking shelves. He said the pantry had over 450 who served last year.

For this winter, he said the pantry is in need of ready-to-eat soup donations and any types of food that "bridge all cultures," such as pasta or rice products. He also said anything microwavable is popular, as well as anything that can go into a lunch box.

"Having things that are easy to throw in a lunch pail is convenient for our families," he said.

To volunteer at Worthington Resource Pantry, go to worthingtonresourcepantry.org/volunteer. Donations may be dropped at the Griswold Center, 777 High St., the Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. and the Worthington Community Center, 345 E Wilson Bridge Road.

Anna Moreno, president of Help My Neighbor Inc., which runs the Smoky Row Food Pantry out of the Smoky Row Brethren Church, 7260 Smoky Row Road in Columbus, said the organization sees an increase in seasonal manual-labor workers coming to the pantry during the winter months.

She said the pantry is in need of volunteers to set up on Wednesdays and on fifth Saturdays. Donations at the pantry are accepted Wednesdays from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Moreno said, in terms of donations this winter, the pantry needs children's coats, boots and winter items. She said it also has many people who look for canned meat.

"I think they look at it as an option and it doesn't need to be refrigerated," she said.

To volunteer at the Smoky Row Food Pantry, go to smokyrowfoodpantry.org.

The third organization has a different role.

Ray Lees, area director of Worthington Bridges, a division of the nonprofit Neighborhood Bridges, said the organization doesn't follow the traditional model of a nonprofit, with a set staff of volunteers and items to stock.

Rather than trying to replace or duplicate the efforts of other organizations, Neighborhood Bridges instead attempts to help them work together and communicate with each other and the people they serve, according to its organizers.

One way Worthington Bridges accomplishes this is through "opportunities for kindness," requests for anonymous needs to be met.

Lees said the organization always is looking for more people to sign up for its emails and follow its Facebook page so they help provide for the various needs.

He said this winter, the organization has held a coat drive in conjunction with Worthington elementary and middle schools. He said the outpouring of support this time of year has been huge.

"I think that a lot of people are making sure that kids get things that make their holiday better for them," Lees said.

Currently, the organization is trying to fill the fill the need for pots, pans and plates to give to families who don't have cooking supplies.

Lees said last winter, Worthington Bridges was contacted by many people who needed help paying their electric bills.

"I anticipate we will have people who will have trouble with gas bills," he said.

To donate to Worthington Bridges or sign up to complete an "opportunities-for-kindness" request, go to neighborhoodbridges.org/worthington-oh.

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