Volunteerism Benefits All
The Salvation Army Hayward Corps provides 22 social service programs to residents in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and Sunol. In February 2015, 4,578 clients variously received food and household assistance. More than 8,000 sought help at Christmas 2014.
Volunteers and community support enable the non-profit to achieve its goal of DOING THE MOST GOOD. A Volunteer Appreciation luncheon on March 28,2015, attended by Mayor Barbra Halliday and guest speaker Councilman Francisco Zermeno, and served by 20 Cal State University, East Bay Freshmen Day of Service volunteers, recognized everyone and gave special thanks to long-serving Audrey Schauer, Barbara Taylor and Ray Alsdorf.
“Our Center at 430 A St., Hayward, is blessed with volunteers who have servants’ hearts. They are an essential part of the services we provide to the community. They’re wonderful people, full of dedication, integrity, determination and compassion. Each time they volunteer, they demonstrate the kind of community in which they want to live. Our volunteers are truly the Army behind The Salvation Army,” says Corps Officer Lieutenant John Kelley.
"I’m very pleased to be a part of such a great organization. My initial contact with The Salvation Army arose when I catered their Annual Meeting Luncheon. During my years of involvement with that event, I learned so much about their work in our community. In 2007, I received a red light violation ticket and was given the chance to do community service at The Salvation Army Hayward Corps. I was excited to finally be able to do something good in my life and help others. I knew God had brought me to The Salvation Army for a reason. I’d always believed but working as a volunteer showed me how to put my faith in God. When my community service ended, I knew I couldn't just leave and that God had a plan for me to stay.
“Eight years later, I’m still here, volunteering four days each week. I help prepare bag lunches, food boxes, assist in the kitchen serving hot lunches to seniors, run the bingo program, assist with Ladies Bible Study and Home League and recently taught a sewing class to young girls, ages 12-16 years. Volunteering at the Hayward Corps has changed my life and I will always consider The Salvation Army as my other home."
"Sixteen years ago, a friend at my church invited me to volunteer at The Salvation Army and help prepare a meal for the Homeless Meal Program. I enjoyed the fellow volunteers around me and felt that being part of this program and serving those in need was God’s purpose for me. I had the opportunity to work with Marty Pardue who started the Program and who had a heart for God and those less fortunate.
“I value the fellowship of all the volunteers with whom I’ve worked over the years and feel that we are family. I also enjoy meeting those we serve and have come to know them and their cares. They will have to carry me out of here because I'm not leaving."
Barbara Taylor (l) with Lt. Kyna Kelly (r), The Salvation Army Hayward Corps
"My association with the Hayward Salvation Army arose early on in my 37-year career with Hayward Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. I served on the Hayward Salvation Army Board forover 26 years, including two terms as Chair.
“For 26 years, I organized the Hayward Community Thanksgiving Dinner which was a labor of love for all involved and co-sponsored by the Hayward Salvation Army and the Greek Orthodox Church of Castro Valley. In time, annual attendance rose from 150 to almost 1,200 people. While a Board member, I was honored to receive the Others Award for outstanding volunteer service to The Salvation Army.
“For the past 10 years, I’ve organized voluntary bell-ringers at Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton. Many faihfully ring the bells, annually; for some, it’s a personal Christmas tradition helping to raise thousands of dollars. Numerous people have shared stories of how The Salvation Army impacted their lives.
“Since retiring in 2010, I golf weekly with friends, lead a men's weekly Bible study, manage a small gardening business, provide marriage and pre-marriage counseling and serve as a Pastor on the staff at Blue Oaks Church.
“I’ll always treasure the friendships made and the wonderful experiences shared during my time on the Hayward Salvation Army Board. I’ve witnessed the organization’s life-changing work. It knows how to meet both the physical and spirituals needs of so many. I’m proud to have served. When giving to the Salvation Army, rest assured most of your donation goes directly to those in need. They are truly the hands and feet of Jesus."
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Lieutenant John Kelley at (510) 581-6444 or John.Kelley@usw.salvationarmy.org.
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