It’s National Volunteer Week!

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This week (April 15-21) is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize volunteers and encourage people of all ages to seek out creative ways to get involved in their communities.

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The Salvation Army is sending a gigantic “Thank You!” to all of our faithful volunteers. We truly cannot Do the Most Good for those in the most need without the whopping 3,400,000 volunteers that help us annually!

President Obama stated in a press release last week,“Service is a lifelong pursuit that strengthens the civic and economic fabric of our Nation. With every hour and every act, our lives are made richer, our communities are drawn closer, and our country is forged stronger by the dedication and generous spirit of volunteers.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Just think about what Salvation Army volunteers accomplished last year alone:

  • They helped us serve thousands of hot meals, snacks and drinks to survivors of the Joplin, MO tornadoes last May.
  • Speaking of natural disasters, they showed up along with first responders throughout the year to offer a helping hand, a hug and a meal to the hundreds of thousands of hurricane and tornado survivors.

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  • They changed the lives of almost 190,000 kids from low-income families at The Salvation Army’s summer and day camps.
  • They coordinated our back-to-school initiatives to ensure disadvantaged children and youth returned to school with the necessary supplies and confidence for success in the classroom.
  • They raised 147.6 million in donations by ringing bells at our Red Kettles this past Christmas. This money will assist approximately 30 million Americans this year!
  • In Salvation Army gymnasiums and warehouses across the country, they coordinated and sorted through hoards of toys and presents to ensure thousands of disadvantaged kids experienced the joy of Christmas morning as a part of our Angel Tree program.

And these are just a few examples!

Why do volunteers do what they do? Because they understand that when you help others, you also help yourself. Along with providing for the countless number of individuals and families in need right now, giving of yourself also helps you gain experience, hone your skills and build networks of friends and associates.

So, how can you get involved in your community?

First ask yourself, “what am I passionate about?” and go from there. Then choose an organization to contact about joining a project.

Since volunteers are the lifeblood of The Salvation Army, we are always looking for helping hands and giving hearts. Please contact your local Salvation Army unit to find out how you can offer your time (you might be surprised to learn about all of the different programs offered at your local unit!). Click here to search by your location in the upper right hand corner.

For a list of other projects in your community, visit www.Serve.gov or type in your zip code at www.volunteermatch.org.

Join us this week?

P.S. If you’re ‘Doing the Most Good’ this week or in the weeks to come, please tell us about it! We will be featuring do-gooders on our social media sites during National Salvation Army Week in May. Click here to learn more!