(GREAT FALLS) The Salvation Army needs volunteers.
“We’re here to help people who find themselves in crisis or in need. Just to give them a soft place to land and an opportunity to get a little bit of help to make ends meet,” Corps officer Monica King said.
King says due to being short-staffed, the need is urgent.
“We’re always in need of volunteers throughout the year and it always seems that there is never quite enough people to do what we need to get done,” King said.
This time of the year is the busiest time for their Family Services Office, particularly in the food department.
The Salvation Army feeds 400 families a month.
Volunteers would be responsible for stocking shelves, making food boxes, sorting items and assisting clients who come in to the office.
“We obviously want people here that want to be here that want to give their time and come with a joyful attitude of wanting to give back,” King said.
King says she encourages families to volunteer, but young children must be accompanied by an adult.
She says the best part of her job and the volunteer work is giving back to those in need.
“It’s really gratifying and really makes you feel good to know when they come to us and they are grateful for the help that we are able to provide to them. Very often we see tears of people coming to us who literally have nowhere else to go and we are able to offer something as simple as a food box to help get their family by. They start to cry because they were without so much hope and to be able to know that there’s a place they can go where somebody just cares that’s very gratifying,” King said.
Volunteers are needed during their business hours Monday through Friday.
Their hours are 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.