Meet Enthusiastic Volunteer, Susan

susan williamsIt has often been said that volunteers form the army behind The Salvation Army. To that end, the religious organization truly benefits from having such capable unpaid helpers to lend a hand. One of those helpers is Susan Williams. A native of New York, Williams is an enthusiastic volunteer who aids The Salvation Army – Orlando Area Command in the William and Catherine Booth Towers for senior living.

It was two years ago when Williams decided to become a volunteer. Helping out twice a week – Tuesdays and Thursdays – she said she truly appreciates volunteering because it makes her spirit feel good.

“I enjoy volunteering because it makes me feel good inside,” she explained. “I enjoy helping people. I think The Salvation Army is number one. I’ve met so many people here – so many personalities, so many life stories.”

Williams said her allegiance with the organization goes way back to when she was a teenager living in Brooklyn, New York. Her apartment was furnished by the Army after she received a voucher from the Department of Social Services. With it, she was able to purchase a recliner, chairs, and cooking utensils among other items. This left a special place in her heart.

Salvation Army personnel also have a special place in their hearts for Williams.

DeeDee Smith, who serves as the site supervisor for the Senior Lunch program, said Williams is fantastic.

“She’s a wonderful worker and very good at her job,” Smith said. “I never have to worry. She knows what to do and when to do it. She’s the only outside volunteer that I can really rely on to be here. If I’m not here, she takes care of everything.”

Aside from working in the Towers with the seniors, Williams is also known for answering the telephones and manning the switchboard in the Administration building, helping out during Christmas registration, participating in the winter Toy Shop, and washing dishes at feedings. But nothing compares to her love of volunteering with the seniors.

“I learned there’s a lot of need in the community. Working with the seniors is my favorite [duty],” she said. “It’s a special place in my heart for me. I pray with them, listen to them, and give advice. It’s a great experience, and I love it.”

Check out her spotlight on The Salvation Army – Orlando Area Command Facebook page here. 

Post contributed by  Jaylen Christie of The Salvation Army — Orlando Area Command.