Outside-In: Interning at The Salvation Army

for Hurricane Matthew Relief

Hurricane Matthew brought havoc, but Salvation Army volunteers and staff bring peace.


Lindsay Williams has a lot on her plate. She carries a full-time class load at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, which she attends on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays (she’s double majoring in social work and psychology), and works two nights a week at a local restaurant.

The most recent addition to her schedule is an internship at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center and homeless shelter in Wilmington, North Carolina. Professionally, she hopes to specialize in providing counseling and emotional support to young adults.

That schedule doesn’t let up because Hurricane Matthew came into town. Class is still in session, her place of work still has power, and The Salvation Army certainly isn’t taking any breaks. Quite the opposite, indeed. But she doesn’t mind the sacrifice.

“Everybody has their lives that they left behind [in order to serve], but it balances out,” she said. “You get to impact other people. You give up something, (in her case, personal time, sleep, etc.), but somebody else gets something out of it.”

Lindsay is talking beyond the sandwich. Food is a basic need, she said, and providing for basic needs enables those suffering to feel joy, hope, peace, fellowship and confidence in a time when they otherwise may have not. And those feelings happen one person at a time.

“I don’t want to change the world. I just want to help one person make a change.”

And each meal provided by The Salvation Army and its supporters is one more meal those affected by Hurricane Matthew don’t have to wonder about. Every meal is an opportunity to smile, to feel some relief and to know they’re not alone.

To help The Salvation Army continue to provide relief, support, peace, hope, fellowship and more to those affected by Hurricane Matthew, please donate at salar.my/HurricaneMatthew, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Tags: Disaster Services