We would like to acknowledge Larry Hellmann as the recipient of the Americans Helping Americans – Helper of the Month award for November! Congrats Larry!

Appalachian Outreach (AO), Americans Helping Americans® partner in Jefferson City, Tennessee, depends heavily on their local volunteers. They invest themselves in serving others and Larry Hellmann is a perfect example of someone who always goes above and beyond.

Larry has volunteered with AO for almost 10 years. During this time, he has taken on a variety of roles. Currently, he works at Appalachian Outreach‘s Donation Center, picking up donated food for their pantry and assisting with their events such as Coats for the Cold and the School Supply Drive.

Karrie Foust, Appalachian Outreach Ministry Center Coordinator, commented:

“One of the things I love about Larry is he is a behind the scenes guy that wants to do whatever to help the ministry run smoothly. He often states that he is just here to help. He reminds me of Barnabas as described in the New Testament. He was a worker bee that often encouraged others. Barnabas made things happen but did not need to get credit or be in the spotlight.”

Larry is a retired fire chief from Florida that retired to East Tennessee. He is not only involved in Appalachian Outreach but volunteers with other agencies in the community as well as his church. Thank you Larry for being willing to serve in such a practical way. You are making a huge difference!

The Helper of the Month award is designed to show the amazing, wonderful, hard-working, and dedicated people in the Appalachian communities we serve every day. Each month, we’ll be sharing these stories with you in the hopes that you’ll walk away as inspired as we are to do good things in your community!