Red Shield Appeal: volunteers for the Salvation Army needed more than ever

SA needs more than 2000 volunteers to ensure the ‘Red Shield Appeal’ can provide vital services to meet the ever-increasing demand.

Image Source: The Salvation Army

It’s iconic, it’s 56 years old and sadly it continues to be more relevant than ever. 

The Salvation Army’s ‘Red Shield Appeal’ is Australia’s largest campaign of this nature, assisting those in need in every part of the country. 

Every May, generations of Australians have donated to the thousands of volunteers knocking on doors, collecting in shopping centres and other public places.   

The ‘Red Shield Appeal’ has symbolised our nation’s famed generosity, however, they are in desperate need for volunteers.

The Salvos need your help to support those doing it tough – in every suburb, in every state. 

In South Australia, more than 2000 volunteers are needed to ensure the ‘Red Shield Appeal’ can provide vital services to meet the ever-increasing demand.

Donate as much as you can and/or donate your time. Just two hours will make a big difference and at the conclusion, you can enjoy that satisfactory feeling of knowing you’ve helped someone. 

Image Source: The Salvation Army

Importantly, and of note for those in regional areas, all monies raised locally will be spent locally.  

In 2020, the traditional doorknock appeal moved largely online due to COVID and today, as result of the pandemic, the Salvos note that a staggering 30% of the people requiring assistance have never needed it before. 

To put it in a rather frightening perspective, every 17 seconds, someone in urgent need is helped by The Salvation Army in Australia.

You can help as a volunteer by:

  • Registering to collect for a few hours at a local shopping centre by contacting your nearest Salvos office at the list here.
  • Registering your own digital door-knock goal online and asking family, friends and colleagues to support your efforts.
  • Talking to your employer, employees, sports club or other group about coordinating  a corporate/group fundraising campaign or activity.
  • For participation in the digital door-knock campaign as an individual or group, see this link.

Please think about what you have and if you are able, donate what you can, be it money or a little time to someone.

Visit the Salvation Army’s website here.

Donate to the Salvation Army here.

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