They are the ‘army behind the army,’ who willingly share their time and support. And as part of National Volunteer Week, The Salvation Army took time to say thank you.
On Thursday, The Salvation Army held a luncheon to honor this past year’s volunteers – and hand out awards to individuals and groups who have gone above and beyond.
People like Nathaniel Williams, who has hosted a Bible study for students at our Milton Road Club for 3 years.
“I love these children,” he said. “I thank God for the opportunity to minister to these precious souls. We talk about a lot of things. We talk about college, entrepreneurship and I tell them that they have the power within them. God has given them special talents.”
Elevation Church has been a faithful partner for the past several years. Each year during Love Week, their volunteers come to the Boys & Girls Club and plan a number of fun activities.
“The vision of Elevation Church has always been to partner with the best organizations in the community and bring about the greatest impact,” said Amanda Nichols, volunteer coordinator for Elevation. “It’s a tremendous honor for our volunteers to be the hands and feet of Jesus – simply spending time with people, sitting and reading a book to children, serving meals, and just showing love to people.”
Every day, The Salvation Army serves about 1,500 people in our community who need a helping hand or a safe place to go. And volunteers are crucial to meeting those needs, from serving meals at the Center of Hope shelter, and mentoring youth at our Boys & Girls Clubs, to ringing the bell during the Red Kettle campaign, and packing gift bags at Christmas.
Throughout the year, volunteers show people in our community that they care when they simply show up. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church has been showing up at the Center of Hope to serve meals for more than 8 years, dozens of times a month!
“When I think about these past 8 years, I think of the word ‘koinonia,’” said Pat White, coordinator for the church. “It’s about fellowship, community and just caring for each other.”
Major Larry Broome, area commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, summed it up this way: “When you volunteer, you are making a difference, you are providing hope. Really, you are saving a life.”
Here is a complete list of our individual and group Volunteers of the Year:
- Nathaniel Williams: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte
- Duncan & Eleanor White: Christmas (Christmas Center)
- Anganette Byrd: Christmas (Angel Tree)
- Pat White: Center of Hope
- Elevation Church: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte
- Salsarita’s: Christmas (Christmas Center)
- Rotary Club of Charlotte: Christmas (Red Kettle)
- Myers Park United Methodist Church: Center of Hope