For many years, the Salvation Army, along with hundreds of other churches, has been actively involved in providing outreach, hospitality and service projects during events like the London 2012 Olympics.
When 16-year-old Matt Moore volunteered to be part of the team of 20 Salvation Army members from Canada he did it for the cool, exciting experience. But for Matt , it turned out to be much more.
From handing out 30,000 bottles of water to having conversations about the work of The Salvation Army Matt was amazed at the number of visitors who wanted to make a donation or volunteer. “I was shocked to see such willingness from people walking by,” says Matt.
Matt was most affected by the first person who came to him while he was handing out water near The Salvation Army’s Regent Hall, a vibrant Christian church in the heart of London. “Everything you do, no matter how small,” said the gentleman, “can make a difference in someone’s life.” Says Matt: “This really stuck with me the entire time I was in London and I’m sure it will for the rest of my life. I want to keep showing people how much Jesus loves them. ”
Matt has attended The Salvation Army’s Scarborough Citadel since he was born. As an accomplished drummer in the church’s worship team and senior band he wants to grab people’s attention. “Then,” says Matt, “they might be drawn into the moment and feel closer to God.”
To be effective in today’s society, The Salvation Army needs volunteers as never before. In 2011, 202,000 volunteers from all walks of life gave more than 1.4 million man hours to The Salvation Army, many times helping people at their greatest point of need.
Anyone can volunteer. For a list of the kind of opportunities available, and a chance to make a difference, click here.