Catching the Volunteer Spirit

Larry Pope called the Howard County Service Center office in November to see if there were any volunteer opportunities. He is a retired government worker and found that he had free time on his hands. Pope was directed to come in and talk with Windy Chavis, the center director.

Chavis went over the list of volunteer opportunities available during the holiday season, which included bell-ringing, staffing the Angel Tree at the mall, helping to set up the warehouse and sort toys, or even “adopting” a child for Christmas. Pope wanted to do everything!

He began by ringing the bell two or three times a week, and was out almost every day by the end of the season. He helped to set up other volunteers at their kettle locations. Pope adopted a family for Christmas and helped when he could in the warehouse. He even got his gym to collect toys for the Angel Tree program.

Once the season was over, Pope was so encouraged by the work The Salvation Army does, that he decided to become a weekly volunteer. He donated items to our Family Pasta event in April and volunteered all day.  Each week, he comes in ready to do basic housekeeping and help in the office. Pope has even decided to help sponsor a child for camp with the hope that he can do more.

“Many times Mr. Larry just looks around to see what is needed and goes out and purchases the items without being asked. We have been blessed to have Mr. Larry join our team of active volunteers. He brings lots of energy and he even likes to bring us cupcakes from his favorite little bakery,” said Chavis.

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