Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army is honouring its volunteers during National Volunteer Week. (PQB News file photo)

Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army is honouring its volunteers during National Volunteer Week. (PQB News file photo)

‘The value of one, the power of many’: Mt. Arroswmith Salvation Army honours volunteers

National Volunteer Week runs through April 24

The Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army recognizes and honours its volunteers daily during National Volunteer Week (April 18-24).

The year 2020 was one of challenges and opportunities, and the Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army volunteers stepped up to meet the year with grace and enthusiasm. This National Volunteer Week, a huge thank you goes out to each person who gave their time to help the Salvation Army continue their essential community services, throughout the uncertainties of the pandemic.

This year’s National Volunteer Week slogan is “The value of one, the power of many,” which reflects how each person’s actions can make a difference, while a team can change the world.

Volunteers were able to pivot quickly when new COVID-19 restrictions came into place last year. They created hampers filled with food and necessities at the Food Bank, provided takeout meals at the Soup Kitchen, and followed new safety protocols at the Thrift Stores. The community need never stopped for the virus, and neither did Salvation Army volunteers.

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Together, they gave 22,515 hours of time in 2020. They helped meet basic needs of more than 500 individuals and families each month at the Food Bank, helped serve 100 meals a day at the Soup Kitchen, and helped keep Thrift Stores running in our community. Special appreciation goes out to three volunteers who went above and beyond in 2020: Dorinda M., Sue M., and Audrey T., who worked 1,374, 722, and 535 volunteer hours, respectively.

“Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army depends on individuals who give of themselves to help make their community a little better, and every volunteer deserves recognition for the time and enthusiasm that they give,” says Bonnie Brown, business manager. “We want to thank every person who helped us ‘Give Hope’ in 2020.”

Join the Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army in the celebration of volunteers, as they recognize and honour volunteers daily during National Volunteer Week. Visit to read stories, see pictures and watch videos.

And, to honour all volunteers working in non-profits in the area, special discounts are offered at the Thrift Stores until April 24.

— NEWS Staff, submitted


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