Digital Doorknockers needed for Salvos Red Shield Appeal

THE Salvation Army is calling on the local community to volunteer with the annual Red Shield Appeal as they seek to recruit 10,000 ‘Digital Doorknockers’ across the country.

Now in its 56th year, The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvos’ flagship fundraising appeal which aims to raise $32 million to fund more than 2000 centres and services across Australia.

In Tasmania, The Salvos are aiming to raise $200,000 from the community door-knock, shopping centre stands and events, with funds raised locally staying local.

Following the devastating impact of COVID-19 in 2020, The Salvos are seeing some of the greatest need in their history, making this year’s Red Shield Appeal vitally important.

The Salvos need community members to volunteer for the Red Shield Appeal this May in their local area, where all local funds raised will stay in the community.

“The community of Hobart have always faithfully backed The Salvos, and this year we need people to volunteer and raise funds to ensure that we can continue the work in the community for years to come,” Salvos Captain Johnmark Snead said.

“Last year, through the generous support of the community during the Red Shield Appeal, we were able to support a range of local programs including providing laundry and shower facilities for homeless people in Hobart and supporting our community meals program.”

Money raised locally this year, will help enable Salvos to continue to help those who are vulnerable and marginalised in the city by providing ‘wrap around’ services that sit alongside existing programs like the community meals, emergency relief and the rehabilitation program that runs in conjunction with The Bridge in the city.

“It will also allow us to enable bring social programs on site in the city,” Captain Snead said.

The Salvos are encouraging the community to become ‘Digital Doorknockers’ by creating an online fundraising page to raise money for their local Salvos.

To become a Digital Doorknocker, visit https://digitaldoorknock.salvationarmy.org.au/t/hobart-salvos, create your personalised page and share it with your family, friends and fellow community members.

The Salvos are also in need of 20,000 in-person volunteers for this year’s Red Shield Appeal to collect in the community.

To volunteer in-person, contact your local Salvos on (03) 6231 5440.

Last year, The Salvos across Australia provided more than one million occasions of care to those in need, supported more than 40,000 people experiencing homelessness, distributed 1.5 million meals through our homelessness services, gave more than 43,000 occasions of care to those experiencing family and domestic violence, and distributed almost $100 million worth of financial assistance to people doing it tough.

“The Salvos cannot do what we do without the generosity of the public in our community,” Captain Snead said.

“If you have the means, please consider donating to the Red Shield Appeal or become a volunteer this year.

“Your generosity and support will help us to leave no one in need.”

To donate or volunteer for The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal, or if you need support from Salvos, visit salvationarmy.org.au or phone 13 SALVOS.

People can also donate at any Salvos store.

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