More than 80 union workers in the Sacramento region spent Labor Day serving the homeless community at Loaves and Fishes.

“For 40 years we've been in this kitchen. And we (bring) out so many volunteers every year to help this great organization and the great work that they do,” said organizer Greg Larkins with United Way California.

According to Larkins, 500 people got to enjoy a BBQ chicken lunch, thanks to the union members who spent their day off from work feeding those in need.

“We want to give back to the community today, especially being Labor Day,” Larkins said.

Volma Volcy is one of the union members from one of the 20 local organizations represented at the event.

“It means a lot to me, because I was in a place in my life where I was almost where they're at now," Volcy said.

Volcy is doing better now. He has a stable job and a place to live, but, he added that no matter where you are in life, there's always an opportunity to serve the community.

“Even when we're not in a better place, we are always in a place to be able to help others. But now that I’m fortunate enough to be where I am, I think it's basically my job to be here,” said Volcy.

Holly Carey told ABC10, serving the homeless community on her day off is a tradition she’s looked forward to for the last 38 years.

“That's part of Labor Day; helping one another,” Carey said. “That's the way I was raised. We help one another. When somebody's down, we help them to get up.”

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