It’s National Volunteer Week, and The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte celebrated by holding a special event to say thank you to its many volunteers who help on a daily basis.
“We couldn’t do what we do without your support,” said Major Larry Broome, Area Commander for The Salvation Army. “You are the Army behind the Army.”
Last year, more than 11,000 volunteers joined us and committed more than 46,000 hours of service – and the impact is still being realized in the lives of those who have been touched.
“Staff is important, but in a way, we have to be there. It’s our job,” added Major Broome. “When our clients see you there as a volunteer, it makes a statement. You don’t have to be there, you are giving of your time and of yourself.”
At the celebration on Thursday, a few individuals or organizations were recognized for going above and beyond in some of our program areas.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte
- Outstanding Individual: Dontae Henderson has served as a coach and mentor to Boys & Girls Club members at Dillehay Courts since 2007. In that time, he has coached multiple basketball teams each year, as well as flag football.
- Outstanding Group: Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church has provided a steady source of volunteers for a number of years, program support and special events. The church has even adopted the Dillehay Courts Boys & Girls Club as an outreach ministry that also involves two other congregations pastored by graduates of Hood Theological Seminary. Some of the most faithful volunteers are Associate Minister Reverend Vergie Frazier, who provides Bible Study for the members, Ms. Deborah Smith, a certified health coach who has provided exercise and Healthy Habits programs for the last 3 years and Mrs. Linda Burton, who conducts SMART Girls programs and volunteers in many capacities weekly. Other Club programs facilitated by church members are Domestic Violence Awareness, Cancer Awareness, AIDS Awareness, Drug Abuse Prevention and Bullying Prevention Programs. The church has invited Club members to a annual Christmas party in their honor with refreshments, special recognition, table “shopping” for personal care products, goodie bags and worship. Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church has also sponsored a “Back to School Summit” for Club members and others in Dillehay Courts, where members were able to select school supplies, books and hygiene items. In addition, the church has also participated in facilitating Black History Month programs, hosted and supported Fall Festival and Valentine Parties, held monthly birthday parties for Club members, assisted with school projects and hosted Graduation Parties for seniors.
- Outstanding Individual: Terri Briggs is so supportive of our work at the Christmas Center that she takes a vacation from her job to volunteer for several days during our busiest time in December.
- Outstanding Group: U.S. Bank volunteered many times at the Christmas Center throughout the season and they also adopted 75 children and 25 seniors from our Angel Tree program, providing Christmas for these individuals in need. Each time they volunteered, they came prepared for whatever task was at hand and were enthusiastic in their support of our program. They inspired and motivated the staff on days when we put in long hours or felt like we would never finish our tasks. They were flexible when needs changed and eagerly changed gears and jumped in to help with whatever was asked of them.
Center of Hope
- Outstanding Individual: Darlene Akbar for her selfless contribution of preparing and serving meals for nearly 20 years. On the 4th Saturday of each month, you’ll find Darlene and her group of volunteers in the kitchen filling plates with delicious food and providing much needed inspirational support.
- Outstanding Group: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has been a tremendous help in serving dinner to the women and children of The Salvation Army Center of Hope. Over the last several years, the ladies have volunteered their time the first Tuesday of each month serving dinner. On Founders Day each year (January 13th) they also serve both breakfast and lunch to the women and children. Delta Sigma Theta actively supports The Salvation Army in other ways, such as, adopting Angels and Silver Bells each year. The chapter collected items for 75 Angels and 25 Silver Bells in 2017, and also adopted 60 families through the Supportive Housing Innovative Partnership (SHIP) program. Delta Sigma Theta registered clients for Christmas assistance and assisted in setting-up space for families to come and pick up their gifts.
Thank you so much to these – and all of our amazing volunteers – who help us “do the most good” and help those who need us most. Volunteer with us today: Here