It’s National Volunteer Week, which is a great time to give these hardworking individuals the credit they deserve for all the time and effort they put into supporting The Salvation Army. Without volunteers, The Salvation Army would be unable to effectively respond to disasters, man red kettles at Christmas, collect and distribute toys for Angel Tree, operate food pantries, run after-school programs, and perform so many other services in our neighborhoods, towns and state.
Last year, over 3.3 million people volunteered with The Salvation Army across The United States. Some were bell ringers, greeting shoppers as a welcomed reminder of the true spirit of Christmas. Others worked behind the scenes, stocking pantry shelves, sorting donations after a coat drive, or assembling care packages for our troops overseas. Volunteers sped to disasters, ready to put training to the test and offer support to shaken survivors. They planned golf outings, toy drives and fish frys. Rain or shine, they showed up with a smile and said, “What else can I do to help?”
Volunteers are the lifeblood of most nonprofits, and The Salvation Army is no exception. Thanks to these volunteers, The Salvation Army can keep administration costs extremely low. This means that 83 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army is able to go directly toward helping people in need. That’s an amazing number made possible by the sheer hours that men, women and even children volunteer to help their neighbors.
Thank you to every person who answered the call and gave not just their time, but also their love and compassion, to help The Salvation Army do the most good this year. May God bless you in 2016 and may the knowledge of the good you’ve done bring cheer to your heart!
(Looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Visit our Volunteer Page to learn more about how YOU could be doing the most good with The Salvation Army!)