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 24-30 and we are sharing the story of one of our exceptional volunteers as part of our volunteer appreciation: Miranda.
Miranda has been a volunteer with The Salvation Army Thrift Store since 2019. Every week on three separate days, she visits the Milton Thrift Store for an hour with her support worker. Miranda is a 22-year-old high-functioning autistic woman, who enjoys volunteering and connecting with our welcoming store staff and other members in the Milton community. She looks forward to going to the store and helping with the tasks assigned to her, including fixing clothing on racks and arranging houseware items. Visiting the store is a fun past time for her and something different to break up the day.
In 2020, Miranda earned her high-school diploma. As part of her education, she learned valuable life skills such as how to work with others in the school cafeteria, which she has applied to her volunteering. It was hard for Miranda during COVID as the store was closed. But when their doors re-opened, she was more than ready to volunteer again.
“She’s enjoying it and she’s coming back happy explaining what she’s doing in the store,” shared her mother. “It’s so positive for the family too.”
Miranda loves the staff and The Salvation Army Thrift Store apron and hopes to wear it one day. Thank you Miranda for being such a great addition to our team!