At The Salvation Army, we couldn’t have the impact we have without the faithful support of our dedicated volunteers. This week, we were privileged to recognized the army behind the Army, at our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon.
“Volunteers play a vital role with The Salvation Army,” said Major Larry Broome, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. “We would not be able to have the impact we have without the dedicated support of individuals and businesses in the community.
We handed out awards to a few special individuals and organizations who have made a particularly significant impact this past year.
Volunteer individuals and groups receiving special recognition this year were:
PROGRAM: The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte
- Individual – Linda Burton, who has volunteered at the Clubs for more than 40 years.
- Group – Lowe’s, who has been a faithful support of the Clubs locally and nationally, both financially and through committed volunteers.
PROGRAM: Christmas Assistance Programs
- Individual – Debbie Gwinn, who has volunteered at the Christmas Center for 18 years.
- Group – Bank of America, who partners with The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte each Christmas, providing volunteers at the Christmas Center during client registration and distribution of gifts.
PROGRAM: Center of Hope
- Individual – Kelly Davis, who has supported the Salvation Army Center of Hope for the past six years, serving lunch, pouring into the lives of single women and supporting them financially. This past Christmas, Kelly provided gifts for six families when other donors fell through. Kelly is the wife of Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis.
- Group – Greater Mt. Zion Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas, which has been a vital part of the Center of Hope for many years. The homemade meals they provide – chicken pot pie, peach cobbler, banana pudding and more – are some of the clients’ favorites and bring them a tremendous amount of joy.
Volunteer of the Year Award
- Rick Vosteen, who gave substantially of his time (on very short notice) when he volunteered with our Emergency Disaster Services team during the 2015 Columbia, S.C., flooding.
We want to thank these, and all of our volunteers. You help us do the most good for the most people in the most need.