The Beacon, a local helping agency, depends on volunteers.
The Beacon organization was established in 1985 to serve Bourbon County residents in need.
Volunteer donations of services and talents are what it takes to make the Beacon a more attractive and inviting place for clients and the community, according to Carol MacArthur, chairwoman of the Beacon board.
“Joe Lee is a local artist who has worked inside and outside the Beacon volunteering his talent,” MacArthur said. “He does the signs and has painted a beautiful lighthouse mural inside the building.”
Lee recently created a new sign for the front of the building to replace one in need of repair.
Other Beacon volunteers include Wib Mowen who volunteers carpentry skills and helps with many other tasks, including helping Lee with his sign.
Hi wife, Patty Mowen is the assistant director of the Beacon.
This summer, Bro’s Cleaning Services, Fort Scott, power washed the whole building for free, MacArthur said. “The siding absolutely looks new.”
“Philips Lawn Care has mowed the last three years–again for free–to keep up the yard,” MacArthur said.
“Then we have Dave Gillen’s wife, Debbie,” she said. “Dave is the director. Debbie is the main coordinator for the signups for Adopt a Child.”
The Beacon is funded by donations from churches, civic organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals.
Also, each year the Beacon applies for various grants to help with food and monetary assistance.
They serve approximately 960 individuals a month and if a person is on food stamps, they are automatically eligible for services.
In addition to food packages, The Beacon provides non-food items like blankets, toiletries, laundry powder, and diapers.
To receive assistance, individuals must be willing to share information about their current income levels and proof of Bourbon County residency. Families in crisis are considered on a case-by-case basis.
525 E. Sixth Street, Fort Scott; phone 620.223.6869.