Volunteers recognized for their impact on the local community
The power of volunteering does not go unnoticed and this week is an opportunity to highlight those who are bettering their communities with their service.
The third week of April is set aside each year to honor and celebrate those who serve our community through volunteer work.
The Salvation Army Kroc Center held its volunteer appreciation breakfast, recognizing the volunteers who put the army in Salvation Army. Major Jerry Friday said, “We very much are aware of the fact that we could not do what we do for this community if it weren’t for the support of volunteers. And so, we just want to be able to show some appreciation to those who have given of their time and their talent to support their community.”
Miss Biloxi Katelyn Perry is one of the many Salvation Army volunteers who enjoys helping out at the Kroc Center. “I’ve rang the famous red kettle, I’ve participated in their princess tea party, I’ve helped draw raffle tickets for their Taste of South Mississippi event, all kinds of fun stuff.”
It takes real sacrifice to be a volunteer. Volunteers give up their time, skills, and expertise for no payment in return, only the satisfaction of knowing that they made an impact in their community.
This is one of the reasons why the Humane Society of South Mississippi is able to provide such great care to their animals. Volunteer Coordinator CeCe Collins said, “Our volunteers are our heroes. They help us with every aspect of running the shelter from walking your dogs, making sure that they’re getting playtime outside to making sure that they are getting enrichment, getting treats and all sorts of fun stuff in their kennels.”
Volunteering also helps those people find their passion. “A lot of our volunteers are big animal lovers, but it’s also a great way to make a difference in the community. Our volunteers make a huge impact not just with us here at the shelter but they are making an impact with every dog that goes home into the community.”