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Salvation Army seeking volunteers

The Salvation Army is looking for a few good people to step in and volunteer for service on its McMinnville advisory board.

Lt. Jeremy Aird, recently assigned to McMinnville with his wife, Violet, said he is searching for “people in the community with a passion for people who need extra help.”

The Salvation Army is an international evangelical arm of the Universal Christian Church. It dates back more than 20 years in McMinnville.

Aird said he is seeking 12 to 15 people interested in serving in an advisory capacity. He is asking for at least a one-year commitment.

The holiday season is the agency’s busiest. It conducts a bell-ringer fundraising campaign, sets up an Angel Tree for community giving and runs a toy distribution program for needy children.

However, it helps more than 1,000 people a month, on average, year-round. It provides food boxes, school supplies, clothing items, pharmaceutical vouchers and laundry and shower facilities.

Aird said the board meets for about 90 minutes once a month. He said any hours volunteered beyond that are up to the individual.

He said meetings have normally been held at 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month, which could be changed, depending on the availability of the new members he’s trying to recruit.

“It’s a very minimal hourly commitment, but it has a great impact on the community,” Aird said. He said the board’s charge is simply “to push the Army forward.”

Current board member Don Boucher, who has been volunteering for 12 years, said, “We need people with a wide variety of experiences.” He said a broad knowledge base is helpful, he said, because the McMinnville office serves the entire county.

Aird said the local branch hopes to add job hunting services for those who are already using other services. “Everything we do is to give people hope and provide basic needs,” he said.

Salvation Army seeking volunteers

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