The Salvos are aiming to mobilise an army of volunteers from around Dubbo to help raise funds during its annual Red Shield Appeal over the weekend of May 26 and 27.
The Salvation Army is calling on Dubbo community groups, sporting clubs, workplaces, families and individuals to get involved in its annual doorknock with money raised going towards its vast network of social services to help those in need.
In a typical week, the Salvos provide over 17,000 beds for those suffering homelessness, 40,000 meals for the hungry, over 1,400 financial counselling sessions and refuge for over 100 women affected by domestic violence.
Dubbo Salvation Army spokesperson captain David Sutcliffe said the Salvos are aiming to mobilise hundreds of volunteers for the doorknock to help meet the growing demand on its services.
“Hardship does not discriminate. More and more people from all walks of life are turning to us for assistance. We need the public’s support now more than ever,” Mr Sutcliffe said.
"Every donation to the Red Shield Appeal can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
“Just $28 helps children at risk of homelessness participate in an after-school program, $60 provides a food hamper so that a struggling family doesn’t have to go hungry, and $79 provides one day of support for a family to find a home.
"Even a relatively small contribution can have an immeasurable impact on someone’s life.”
Mr Sutcliffe said volunteers play a crucial role in providing a hand up to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our community.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do. They are our largest workforce, which enables the continued success and improvement of our vital social programs," he said.
"These programs include emergency housing for people in crisis, drug and alcohol rehabs, financial counselling services, as well as a host of social programs.
"But the Salvos cannot continue to meet this need without the public’s support. “We cannot do this alone."
To volunteer or donate call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvos.org.au.