Willie Burks is always willing to go the extra mile.

Though his services at the Salvation Army in Brownwood is usually Monday through Thursday working in the kitchen, Burks almost never hesitates in putting forth a lending hand and work an extra day if the crew is short on staff.

“He likes to go above an beyond,” said Service Center Director Stacy Tennison. “He treats it like a real job.”

Burks was given a round of applause by guests and other volunteers Wednesday at the Salvation Army for his contribution to the non-profit organization and was awarded a certificate for being the volunteer of the month for the month of March.

“This is a prime example of what God can do to you if you do good things,” Burkes said.

The 67-year-old has helped man the kitchen at the Salvation Army for the past three years, at about 25 hours a week.

Tennison and kitchen manager Daniel Cox said one of the reasons that stuck out to them in choosing Burks was his “steadfast, loyal and reliable” characteristics.

“That sums Willie up best,” Cox said. “It’s very occasional that he misses his work here. We appreciate what he does here, and we couldn’t do it without him.”

Burks comes off as a shy person but Tennison prefers to him as “humble.” He is involved with church and often leads a devotion and prayer with other volunteers before stepping into work.

“I enjoy seeing the people here and being able to meet other people, too,” Burks said.