|FIVE REASONS VOLUNTEERS MATTER:
Posted byJackie 10-29-14 - The following was originally posted on The Salvation ArmyNorthern Division's blog.
In The Salvation Army, we have so much to be thankful for. From a supportive community that cares about its people to our dedicated team members, every person contributes to our promise of Doing the Most Good.
Yet when it's all said and done, it's volunteers who make the real difference. Whether you're new to volunteering or have been with us a long time, we truly appreciate all that you do. Here are five reasons why your help matters:
1. We couldn't do it without you.The Salvation Army has always said that we rely upon the help of our volunteers. This continues to be true every day. Volunteers like you give their precious time to help us achieve our mission of helping anyone in need without discrimination. In fact, without the help of our volunteers, our food shelves, hot meal services, stores and holiday programs, among others, would struggle to meet the needs of their visitors.
2. You save dollars.People may not know, but many volunteers give their time for office-type work, helping us to organize data on spreadsheets or prepare mailings. Each hour that you volunteer means more funds can go directly to helping people in need.
3. You have a great attitude. The wonderful thing about volunteers is that you actuallywantto do good. What's more, volunteers bring their positive attitudes through the door at the start of a shift. Even when things get a little stressful - and believe us, they sometimes do - many volunteers continue to wear that smile with pride. Having a positive attitude is infectious and often spreads to the people you serve.
4. You share ideas with us.There are times when staff members are so busy supporting other programs that a need is completely missed. Often, you are able to identify a need or see a solution to a problem because you are working on the front lines and talking directly with the people and communities you serve.
5. You become part of our organization.There's an old saying: "They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel." This couldn't be a more truthful statement. Volunteers are the ones making an impact on the people they help, which makes the community a better place to live and work. People will remember the enthusiastic volunteer who served a hot meal to a hungry person. That memory rubs off on the entire organization.
VOLUNTEERING WITH THE SALVATION ARMY WOMEN'S AUXILIARY
What We Do:
Assist with The Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree Program and Toy Shop: Interview Families, Prepare Angel tags, Staff Angel Tree booths, Distribute Toys & Food, Ring a bell at the Kettle
Visit Nursing Homes: Make monthly visits to nursing homes to bring good cheer and friendship, Assist in parties for nursing home residents, Read to a resident, Knit or crochet lap blankets and/or slippers for nursing home residents
Assist at the Northwest Community Center: Help with special events/programs, Become a mentor
Have fun being "Crafty Ladies": Help make the various favors for nursing homes, Assist when needed to prepare items for the Hearts of Gold luncheon, Enjoy lunch and fellowship
Organize our annual fund-raiser, the Hearts of Gold Luncheon: Help organize annual fund-raiser, the Hearts of Gold, Assist with the Silent Auction - obtain items, Dress a doll, Buy a table for ten and invite your friends, Assist with decorating
Enjoy social events to raise funds: Buy a table for four to enjoy lunch and games, Assist with food preparation and service, Canvas friends and neighbors for clothing articles for the "Gently Used" Fashion Show, or be a model
Assist The Salvation Army with disaster relief work: Prepare food, Sort donated relief items, Volunteer to work on the Mobile Canteens
Enable the Auxiliary to run smoothly: Clerical support, Be a lifeline using your home telephone, Take a leadership position by volunteering to chair" committees, Be ready to volunteer your time when asked to be one of the "workers" on an Auxiliary committee, Invite others to join
Give aid to the Center of Hope Transitional Housing: Bring toiletries for clients, Offer time to assist in Social Services
TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE SALVATION ARMY WOMEN'S AUXILIARY CONTACT SHARON SMITH @ 561-686-3530 x26291 or firstname.lastname@example.org