by Shelby Durden
Jacksonville University Intern
Sherrick Gilbert is a member of the Riverside Presbyterian church, where he serves as an elder. Two days each week Sherrick volunteers at the clothing Center at Downtown Ecumenical Services Council (DESC) filling orders, stocking shelves and working with clients in distress.
DESC was founded in 1981 by churches in urban Jacksonville to provide emergency assistance to people in need. In partnership with Dignity U Wear and Presbyterian Social Ministries, they distribute food , clothing, groceries and financial assistance.
During the past 12 months Sherrick worked 49 of 52 weeks, three days each week, four hours each day, for a total of 600 hours. The clothing ministry serves over 6,500 adults and 2,500 children each year.
He always arrives to volunteer early each day, stays until the work is done, is patient and kind to those with whom he works and for those he serves, and he doesn’t complain. On a typical day in the clothing center, he will help fill clothing orders for 120 people. When asked why he does it, he simply replies, “It’s a good thing to do.”
For the past year, Sherrick has also volunteered one day a week at the Teacher Supply Depot, an organization that provides free resources for Duval County teachers. He also serves on the boards of Presbyterian Social Ministries and DESC.
Sherrick has an impressive record of volunteering and an even more impressive love for his community. He is an excellent example of someone who truly cares about others and does everything that he can in order to ensure that people have a good life.
Sherrick is receiving the HandsOn Faith Award at Celebrate GOOD. Join us in celebrating volunteers like Sherrick on April 17, 2016 from 2-6 at Friendship Fountain. Register for free admission at celebrategood.org.