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Community outreach making big strides in early days

In just seven weeks, Melissa Bolcar and a team of 50 volunteers have come together to form Pasco Hernando Helping Children in Need. The group solicits donations on its Facebook group. The requests began to pour in. “You don’t realize the need until you’re helping out with it,” said Megan Schmitt, who started volunteering for the cause by organizing other volunteers six weeks ago. “It’s just been a lot of learning how to help people.”