Giving hope to where it’s needed most

THE Salvation Army is urging local residents to get involved in its annual Red Shield Appeal doorknock to help raise $7.5 million during the last two weeks of May.

The money raised from the Red Shield Appeal doorknock will go towards The Salvation Army’s vast network of social services to help those in need.

In a typical week across Australia, the Salvos provide more than 17,000 beds for those suffering homelessness, 40,000 meals for the hungry, more than 1,400 financial counselling sessions and refuge for more than 100 women affected by domestic violence.

The Salvation Army’s Hobart Corps officer, Captain Nicole Snead, said the Salvos were aiming to mobilise 70,000 volunteers for the doorknock to help meet the growing demand on its services.

“Hardship does not discriminate,” she said.

“More and more people from all walks of life are turning to The Salvation Army for assistance – we need the public’s support now more than ever.”

Captain Snead said by volunteering or donating to the Red Shield Appeal, local residents could make a huge impact in communities across the country.

“Every donation makes a difference,” she said.

“Just $28 helps children at risk of homelessness participate in an after-school program, $60 provides a food hamper so that a struggling family doesn’t have to go hungry, and $79 provides one day of support for a family trying to find a home.

“Even a relatively small contribution can have an immeasurable impact on someone’s life.”

The Salvation Army in Tasmania depends on volunteers, who play a crucial role in providing a hand up to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in the community.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do,” Captain Snead said.

“They are our largest workforce, which enables the continued success and improvement of our vital social programs.

“These programs include emergency housing for people in crisis, drug and alcohol rehabs, financial counselling services, as well as a host of social programs.

“We cannot do this alone. We all have the opportunity to be beacons of hope for others and by partnering with the Salvos for just a few hours during the Red Shield Appeal, you can give hope where it’s needed most.”

Following last year’s success, The Salvation Army will once again be rolling out its Donation Tap Points across 400 locations in Australia.

This community fundraising initiative, sponsored by Community Sector Banking, was the first of its kind within the non-profit sector when it was introduced in Australia last year.

The service provides more effective, safer, and more meaningful donation opportunities across the country.

To volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Appeal weekend, please phone 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), register online at salvos.org.au or phone Hobart Salvos directly on 6231 5440.

Local residents can donate to the Red Shield Appeal through one of the volunteers during the appeal, by phoning 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), online at salvos.org.au, in person at any Westpac branch or Salvos stores or by posting a cheque to PO Box 9888, Hobart, 7001.

Caption: From left, The Salvation Army Hobart Corps officer Captain Nicole Snead, Natalie Hayes and Marj Rava.