Our Opinion: Salvation Army celebrates volunteers

The strength of volunteers is being celebrated by the local Salvation Army this week, which marks the 59th annual observance of National Salvation Army Week.

And why not?

New partnerships, generous contributions and volunteer commitment fuel momentum in the Salvation Army’s ongoing mission.

Partnerships include new and reinforced links with educational, religious and service organizations.

The SalCorps pilot project this year linked Lincoln University students with community service efforts, and an enhanced partnership with the Jefferson City Public Schools offered resources for students in need.

Partnerships with area churches resulted in a grant submission written by Grace Episcopal Church and a financial commitment from Memorial Baptist Church.

Increased partnerships and contributions permit more needy people to be served.

However, they also require more volunteers to manage those added resources and deliver increased services.

Area residents who patronize the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Michigan Street may count themselves among the people who help advance the organization’s mission.

Although patrons may think of themselves primarily as bargain-hunters, 89 cents of every $1 spent goes directly to address spiritual and material needs, including shelter, meals and counseling.

In addition, thrift store sales constitute 40 percent of the local Salvation Army’s operating budget.

The Salvation Army this week has much to celebrate, including its growing contingent of partners, contributors and volunteers.

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