April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, and I would be remiss if I didn’t say Thank You to all the wonderful people who help The Salvation Army throughout the year.
Most people identify Salvation Army volunteers with holiday bell-ringers. Yes, many people who stand our kettles are volunteers. But there are so many others behind the scenes who help the Army accomplish all that it does.
The Salvation Army’s volunteers dedicate their time regularly. They might be volunteers at any of our shelters. They might volunteer at Army soup kitchens. They might teach English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at a Salvation Army center. They might visit the incarcerated and conduct Bible studies. They might help at events or be a member of a Salvation Army Advisory Board. They might help at Camp Tecumseh. They might visit shut-ins and the elderly. They can and do help in so many ways. They are devoted and dedicated to helping relieve suffering and basic human need – and we appreciate them!
Many of our volunteers serve during times of disaster. These are The Salvation Army’s Disaster Services volunteers. Not only do they volunteer their time, but they attend hours and days of training before their first actual day “on the job.” These volunteers are called to action at all times of the day and night. Who are they? Just regular people – some retired, some working, some young, some older, some men, some women. All are dedicated to serving those in need through The Salvation Army.
I salute our volunteers and thank them for their service. Without their help we would be challenged to provide our full regimen of programs and services. To learn more about the Army’s programs and how you can volunteer, please call Judith Anderson at 908-851-8236 or visit our website, www.salvationarmynj.org
Major Donald E. Berry
NJ State Commander
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