You probably know The Salvation Army is behind the seemingly ubiquitous Christmas Red Kettles and holiday bell ringers, and more than likely you’ve passed by or even visited one of our Family Thrift Stores. But did you know that in addition to these initiatives, The Salvation Army has many more national programs serving those in need, as well as unique programs specific to local communities? One such example is a Salvation Army beauty shop in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Yes, I said beauty shop. Surprised? So was I!
In 1995 a Battle Creek community member came to the local Salvation Army with the suggestion of assisting job seekers and those entering the job market by helping make them presentable for the process. Thus, The Salvation Army Beauty Shop was born, offering free haircuts and shampoos to clients such as homeless, low income, and job seeking individuals who otherwise may not be able to afford these services.
The program has for several years run on the efforts of three amazing volunteers: retired beauticians Shirley Hoeksema and Barb Herr who have offered their salon skills for the past 14 years, and Judy Wessmer who joined the team in 2007. Together, these three women have devoted more than 5,000 hours of their time to the community through their work at the salon.
Words can’t express how thankful we are for their selfless commitment! They have no doubt made an invaluable impact in the lives of many and show how integral volunteers are to the betterment of our communities.
But, the Battle Creek Salvation Army Beauty Shop needs more help to serve their many clients as some difficulties have put significant strains on these ladies.
Find out more about the situation and how you can help by reading an article written by Marcie Gothard of The Battle Creek Salvation Army: Battle Creek Enquirer: Salvation Army Seeking Volunteers with Hair Salon Experience.
To become involved, contact Marcie Gothard at 269-963-3640 ext. 17 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find more information at The Battle Creek Salvation Army’s website at http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/battlecreek.
A new poll released by United Healthcare and Volunteer Match shows that an overwhelming majority of respondents believe volunteer work improves physical and emotional health! That’s good news for the 63.4 million Americans who volunteered last year.
And did you know that volunteering could also have a positive effect on your attitude and stress level?
Read the full article here: Reuters – Volunteering promotes physical, mental health: poll
Sometimes we may forget that volunteering isn’t just good for the person or cause we’re there to serve, but it also benefits the volunteer in a multitude of ways, from the impact of the experience, to knowledge and relationships gained, to even the physical and emotional benefits as discussed in the Reuters article.
So, do you think volunteering has an impact on your physical and emotional health? Why or why not?
The Salvation Army of San Francisco and Numana, Inc. will be holding a Million Meals packing event in the Bay Area this Saturday, April 24 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., and they are still looking for plenty of volunteers to lend a hand!
It’s easy to sign up – just grab some friends (the more the merrier) and select volunteer time slots at The Salvation Army Golden State Division’s online registration.
This event will be unique to those previous because they will attempt to pack all 1 million meals in only 1 day! What better way to help those in need in Haiti by contributing a few hours of your time towards reaching this million meal goal? Plus, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate National Volunteer Week.
For more information about and registration for the San Francisco Bay Area’s Million Meals Event, visit The Salvation Army’s Golden State Division’s website at www.tsagoldenstate.org. You can also raise awareness by sharing their Facebook Million Meals for Haiti event page!
April 18-24 marks National Volunteer Week! This is a time to honor those who have selflessly given back to their communities and encourage service.
President Nixon established National Volunteer Week in 1974 through an executive order, and this annual tradition continues to be widely recognized. President Obama even issued a proclamation yesterday, as reported by All Headline News.
Will you volunteer some of your time and effort this week? Consider contacting your local Salvation Army to see how you can be used to impact your community for the better! Visit our website here to find a Salvation Army near you.
And be sure to visit our blog throughout the week as we highlight devoted volunteers who are making a difference in their communities.