The Washington Sunrise Community Club’s purpose is simple.

“We want to be the hands that meet needs in the community,” said Tammy Shell, president.

The club began in November 2010 with a group whose desire was simply to help those in need.

Since its inception, the club has helped groups like Jenny’s Cause, which helps teenagers in need, Harvest Table, which serves a free community meal each Saturday, and local food pantries.

It also has helped individuals and is currently working to construct a sidewalk at the home of someone who, because of an accident, is now wheelchair bound.

With Jenny’s Cause, the club first helped secure a location to store items that would be donated to kids in need. When the group outgrew that location, the Sunrise Club helped find another. Just over a month ago, club members donated labor and expense to build shelves for better storage.

Last fall, the club hosted its first garage sale and was able to donate over $1,000 to Loving Hearts Outreach, as well as St. Francis Borgia and St. Peter’s food pantries.

Because of that success, Shell said the sale will be a yearly event and may even expand to twice each year.

The group also has helped ring bells for the Salvation Army and stocked shelves and raised funds for Loving Hearts, among other projects.

Founding members include Jenny and Rich Triplett, Rich and Candi Martin, Bob Zick, Ken Unnerstall and Roger and Michele Jones.

Current officers include Shell, president; Rich Triplett, vice president; Mary Kay Turner, treasurer; and Michele Jones, secretary.

Seeks New Members

Currently, here are about 15 members in the club. Shell said her goal for 2013 is to grow membership to help meet even more needs this year.

The club meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 a.m. in the Washington Public Library meeting room.

Meetings are over by 8 a.m. so people can get to work on time.

Membership dues are $50 per year for a single person and $75 for a couple.

Triplett said she enjoys getting together with a group of like-minded people who want to serve their community.

“We love helping people,” she said. “There’s definitely a need.”

Those who want to help, but may not be able to attend meetings can volunteer through the club.

“We can match what they’re interested in to the different needs that arise and have a database of folks to call,” Shell explained.

For more information visit or search for the group on Facebook.

Those interested in joining the club may call Shell, 636-239-1800.