The Value of Volunteers

by The Salvation Army in Canada
Categories: London, Newswire, ONG News
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What would our communities look like without volunteers? Needs might go unmet. Programs might not thrive. Services wouldn’t expand.

Every day, five days a week, Terry drives people to and from medical appointments such as dialysis treatments, blood labs, cancer clinics and mental health support. He says volunteering makes him feel productive and he’s made lots of new friends.

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“I lost my job when the company I worked for was bought out,” says Terry. “It’s pretty hard for a 58-year-old to find work. Meanwhile, volunteering takes my focus off my situation and I feel better making life a little easier for people.”

The Salvation Army depends on our volunteers. Every year, more than 135,000 Canadians such as Terry volunteer their time, skills and energy with The Salvation Army to bring hope and improve the health and general well-being of vulnerable people. 

“Terry’s efforts are critical to the success of our transportation program,” says Vanessa Giuliano, The Salvation Army’s Family Services Director in Woodstock, Ont. “Donating his time and skills means seniors and low-income people get access to health care when friends or relatives may not be available to drive them―and taxi service is more than they can afford.”IMG_20160407_133123

Salvation Army volunteers come from all walks of life. Accountants help people complete income tax forms. Dieticians teach people how to make cost-effective, nutritious meals.  Teachers offer newcomers literacy classes. Many hands deliver hope.  

“The time and skills that volunteers bring to The Salvation Army is invaluable,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Secretary for Public Relations & Development. “Each one helps to improve the lives of struggling people in their communities. They are vital partners who increase the reach and success of Salvation Army programs and services.”