The Salvation Army is calling on Seymour community groups, sporting clubs, workplaces, families and individuals to help raise $7.5million this weekend as part of its annual Red Shield Appeal doorknock.
Salvation Army Seymour captain Heather Stamp said the organisation aimed to mobilise 70,000 volunteers nationwide for the doorknock to help meet the growing demand on its services.
‘‘Volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do,’’ she said.
‘‘They are our largest workforce, which enables the continued success and improvement of our vital social programs.
‘‘These programs include emergency housing for people in crisis, drug and alcohol rehabs, financial counselling services, as well as a host of social programs.
‘‘We cannot do this alone. We all have the opportunity to be beacons of hope for others and by partnering with the Salvos for just a few hours over the Red Shield Appeal weekend, you can give hope where it’s needed most.’’
The money raised from the doorknock goes towards The Salvation Army’s vast network of social services to help those in need.
Ms Stamp said every donation to the appeal made a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
‘‘Hardship does not discriminate. More and more people from all walks of life are turning to The Salvation Army for assistance,’’ she said.
‘‘We need the public’s support now more than ever.’’
The Salvation Army is again rolling out its Donation Tap Points across 400 locations in Australia.
The community fundraising initiative, sponsored by Community Sector Banking, was the first of its kind within the non-profit sector when it was introduced in Australia last year.
To volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Appeal weekend, people can phone 137258 or register online at salvos.org.au.
You can donate to the Red Shield Appeal by calling 137258, online at salvos.org.au, in person at any Salvos Store or Westpac branch or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888, Melbourne.