National Volunteer Week allows us to recognize, celebrate, and thank the incredible volunteers across the country who selflessly give their time and energy to make invaluable contributions to our work at The Salvation Army Thrift Store. This year, National Volunteer Week runs from April 18-24 and we are sharing the stories of a few of our exceptional volunteers as part of our volunteer appreciation.
In Edmonton, Alberta, Bill Vandermeer gives his passion for watch repair a life-changing impact through his volunteer work with the McQueen Thrift Store. Bill purchases watches from other thrift stores, repairs them and gives them new batteries, and then donates them to the McQueen store where they make a difference in his community.
“It’s a huge help to have Bill and we are so appreciative,” says McQueen Store Manager Charlene. “Our volunteers are so important, not just because of what they do but because of the joy most of them have in being here.”
Over in Red Deer, Orma Graham has been a welcome sight for team members and regular Guests for seven years. As a volunteer before the pandemic, she gave four hours every Monday and Thursday to help the Red Deer Thrift Store care for their community.
“Orma always has a bright smile,” says Lorelei Gettle, District Manager of Alberta North. “No matter what she has to deal with she is always positive, upbeat, and up for the task at hand.” Although Orma has been unable to volunteer during the pandemic, she looks forward to returning to the store soon and her presence has been missed.
We are thrilled to honour and thank Bill, Orma, and all the faithful and dedicated members of our family during National Volunteer Week, and always. From coast to coast, these volunteers are selfless superheroes who help make our work possible.
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