Former Client Gives Back as a Volunteer

Volunteer, Nancy, sits in a chair knitting

When Nancy Cooper received assistance from The Salvation Army’s food bank in Oshawa, Ont., she  never imagined the long-term impact that visit would have on her life. Now, giving back as a volunteer, she says it’s a fantastic feeling.

“The Salvation Army’s knitting club gets me out of the house,” says Nancy. “But more than that, the items I make go to people who could really use them.” The group is currently knitting Twiddlemuffs, which are hand muffs with bits and bobbles attached inside to stimulate activity for seniors and create a sense of calm for restless autistic children.

“When hydro prices began to soar I got into debt,” says Nancy, 63. “I made payments to avoid having my power cut off, but had little money for groceries. That’s when someone told me about The Salvation Army’s food bank.

“After I received my food I saw the group knitting dishcloths that were sent to Africa for new mothers to wash their babies. I was hooked,” says Nancy.

Twice a week, at the Community and Family Services office, a group of 10 gather to knit, socialize and enjoy a cup of tea. But it’s more than a knitting club.

“Volunteers are an integral part to the effectiveness we have within our community,” says Leigh Rowney, Director of Community and Family Services. “They help us build the bridge between our organization and our local community which in turn impacts so much more. Our effectiveness is considerably enhanced by a good team of volunteers working with us and alongside us.”