CHARLESTON, W.Va. - If the typical kinds of volunteer projects don't sound intriguing enough, consider this one - bottle-feeding calves destined for the Union Mission dinner table.
That's just what the organization has in mind as it explores creative ways to bring good, and local, food to its shelters and pantries.
Rex Whiteman, president of Union Mission Ministries, said AEP purchased a steer at last year's Putnam County Fair and donated it to help feed the hungry. That gift provided about 500 pounds of meat for the program.
"We realize we have to create other sources for food," Whiteman said. "So we realized if we could come up with some calves and graze them all summer, that could give us some resources."
Already, the group has two calves purchased last week with money donated by a local law firm. Volunteers at Hometown Independent Mission are bottle-feeding them until they can be grazed.
They'll be butchered in the fall.
Tammy Scott, director of development for Union Mission, turned to Facebook to appeal to the public.
"Cow-sitters wanted," their post reads.
Scott explained that Union Mission is seeking people to care for very young calves initially and/or house them for the whole season on their farms.