It’s National Volunteer Week! The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta is thankful for all of our faithful volunteers. We couldn’t help those in need in our communities without dedicated individuals who devote their time to doing the most good for others.

Here, a few of our wonderful volunteers explain why they choose to serve with The Salvation Army.

Gerald has volunteered with The Salvation Army Gwinnett County Corps for more than 15 years. His favorite volunteer activity?
“Angel Tree! The true purpose of this program is to make certain that no child is left out … every child needs to be recognized as being important and worthy. I enjoy knowing a child will be happy Christmas morning.”

Virginia volunteers with The Salvation Army’s Gwinnett Corps. Originally from Peru, she was introduced to The Salvation Army by a bell ringer in Birmingham and volunteered with The Army’s Birmingham Corps until she moved to Atlanta in 1994. Virginia has been a staple at the Gwinnett County Corps ever since, helping with Angel Tree, the food pantry, and everything in between.

“The Lord put me in the right spot in Birmingham to learn about The Salvation Army, and I’m still hanging out,” Virginia quotes. “As long as I’m able to go places and do things, I’m going to keep doing the most good.”

For years, Kourtney has volunteered with The Salvation Army as a bell ringer during Christmastime. She recently became a member of Echelon, The Salvation Army’s young professional philanthropic and networking organization, for which she serves as Co-President.

“My most memorable experience would have to be my first visit to the Angel Tree warehouse,” Kourtney recalls. “It was such an awesome experience being able to ‘shop’ around the warehouse putting together Christmas bags for the ‘angels,’ knowing how excited and happy the kids were going to be with their presents on Christmas morning. Every child deserves that!”

Pastor Nate Nielson is a super-familiar face around The Salvation Army’s Cobb/Douglas Georgia Corps. He has served on the Corps’ Advisory Board for more than a decade, and has led the Red Kettle kick-off event in the Marietta Square for the past four years.

When asked what motivates him to volunteer with The Salvation Army, Pastor Nate says, “I love the Army stands for. ‘Doing the Most Good’ and is compatible with my view of how Jesus Christ wants us to live our lives. The Army is concerned about the soul – not just bringing aid and relief.”

Krystle began volunteering with The Salvation Army in 2012, when an alumni group from her alma mater took part in an Angel Tree distribution day. She was hooked—and in 2016, joined a group of other young professionals in Atlanta to form the city’s first Echelon chapter. Today, as Co-President of Echelon, Krystle helps to provide monthly opportunities for young adults to network, fundraise, and fellowship through the various programs of The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Corps.

“I think the most fun I’ve ever had volunteering was with Echelon ATL at the Red Shield Shelter in September of 2017,” Krystle says. “We hosted a party for the children residing at the shelter and provided an afternoon of games, crafts, and mentoring. We even received a special dance performance from the kids! I look forward to volunteering at the Red Shield Shelter again this fall.”