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Published:Thursday | February 7, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Darcy Tulloch-Williams, executive director of Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) said the needs at the organisation are many. They operate 14 homes throughout Jamaica, catering to the needs of more than 450 persons, including children and adults with disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS, teen mothers and others. Below is a list of some of the needs of the organisation.

Funding, she says, is critical, as many of the persons, under their care always need professional care. Many of the persons, not just children, need a lot of remedial work and interventions. The staff and caregivers also have to be paid and the necessary utility bills have to be paid.

Also of top priority are social needs, as more local volunteers are needed to mentor the children and adults. The volunteers can come in and interact with the residents, sit with them and read to them, allowing them to feel that they are wanted. To become a volunteer, creditable references are required and a screening is also conducted based on the the association's needs.

Food is also an important item, as well as personal-care items, to include pampers - many of the persons cannot care for themselves.

The Mustard Seed charities have also embarked on ventures that provide a source of income. These ventures include a ceramics section and a greeting-card venture. The latter is made from banana bark.

To assist Mustard Seed Communities or volunteer call 923-6488 or email: