It’s National Volunteer Week and our Volunteers are Rock Stars!
National Volunteer Week, proclaimed by President Nixon in 1974, celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve their communities. This week highlights the enormous contributions volunteers make every day of the year.
As President Obama stated in his presidential proclamation, “…Ordinary men and women have stepped forward and accomplished extraordinary things together, uniting as friends and neighbors and fellow citizens. The strength they have shown reminds us that even in our darkest hours, we look out for each other. We pull together. And we move forward as one. During National Volunteer Week, let us tap into that spirit once more.”
Since the beginning, volunteers have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Salvation Army officers to provide help for the poor and downtrodden and those affected by natural disasters. In fact, William Booth coined the name “The Salvation Army” in 1878 after he read a report that called his Bible-based ministry to the poor a “volunteer army.”
The Salvation Army is truly an army of volunteers with opportunities for everyone throughout the year. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our ministry.
Last year, 18,078 volunteers gave 49,471 hours of service! That’s amazing! We simply could not Do the Most Good for those in need without the wonderful volunteers that help us throughout the year! Thank you to all volunteers who have so generously given of your time and energy for the betterment of others! Check out some of our favorite volunteer photos from the past year below!