It’s National Volunteer Week and our Volunteers are the Best!
National Volunteer Week, proclaimed by President Nixon in 1974, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions.
As President Obama stated in his presidential proclamation, “… By performing acts of service, we can shape a Nation big enough and bold enough to accommodate the hopes of all our people. Across our country, volunteers open doors of opportunity, pave avenues of success, fortify their communities, and lay the foundation for tomorrow’s growth and prosperity. They are often equipped with few resources and gain little recognition, yet because of their service, our country is a better and a stronger force for good.”
Since the very 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, 9,930 volunteers gave 42,489 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!