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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!

National Donut Day- Jackie, Denise and Don honored Fire House Station # 6!

National Donut Day- Jackie, Denise and Don honored Fire House Station #6!

National Donut Day- Chattanooga Work Camp honoring our Fire Fighters!

National Donut Day- Chattanooga Work Camp honoring our Fire Fighters!

Target Back to School Shopping Day!

Target Back to School Shopping Day!

Target Back to School Shopping Day!

Target Back to School Shopping Day!

Stuff over 1,000 backpacks for the Nehemiah Project! FedEx!

Stuffed over 1,000 backpacks for the Nehemiah Project! FedEx!

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Stuffed over 1,000 backpacks for the Nehemiah Project! Dynamic Church!

Stuff over 1,000 backpacks for the Nehemiah Project!

Stuffed over 1,000 backpacks for the Nehemiah Project!

Our wonderful volunteers who delivered backpacks at Calvin Donaldson Elementary for the Nehemiah Project!

Our wonderful volunteers delivered backpacks at Calvin Donaldson Elementary for the Nehemiah Project!

Southern Adventist University students painting a mural for the East Lake Corps and Community Center

Southern Adventist University students painted a mural for the East Lake Corps and Community Center

University of Tennessee Chattanooga homecoming court candidates taking a break after volunteering at the Citadel Corps and Community Center

University of Tennessee Chattanooga homecoming court candidates took a break for a photo op  after volunteering at the Citadel Corps and Community Center

Ernst and Young setting up the Angel Tree Warehouse

Ernst and Young setting up the Angel Tree Warehouse

Jennifer, Lindsey and Emmy ringing the bell!

Jennifer, Lindsey and Emmy ringing the bell!

Thanksgiving Eve Festival!

Thanksgiving Eve Festival!

Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers put together meals to be delivered to shut ins.

Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers put together meals to be delivered to our home-bound neighbors.

Senior Christmas Party

Senior Christmas Party

Dynamic Church collected 150 bikes for the Angel Tree at their 24 hour "Love Gives Wheels" Bike Drive!

Dynamic Church collected 150 bikes for the Angel Tree at their 24 hour “Love Gives Wheels” Bike Drive!

WDEF News 12, our Christmas sponsor, volunteering at the Angel Tree Distribution

WDEF News 12, our Christmas sponsor, volunteering at the Angel Tree Distribution

Angel Tree Distribution

Angel Tree Distribution

Luther Masingill, our 2012 Honorary Christmas Chairman, and Major Algerome Newsome

Luther Masingill, our 2012 Honorary Christmas Chairman, and Major Algerome Newsome

Angel Tree Distribution

Angel Tree Distribution

The Women's Auxiliary through a birthday party for Ms. Gladys who turned 100!

The Women’s Auxiliary hosted a birthday party for Ms. Gladys who turned 100!

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