Released 28 June 2011
The Salvation Army voted "Best" in San
Francisco Magazine Best of the Bay Area poll
10,000 ballots cast in annual
readers' poll, nominating favorites in a variety of categories
San Francisco (June 28, 2011): The Salvation Army of
San Francisco received accolades in the 2011 San Francisco Magazine Best of the
Bay Area readers' poll. Over 10,000 ballots were cast for a variety of
categories that capture the Bay Area's favorite lifestyles, food, fashion,
culture, politics, trends, and trendsetters.
For the first time, The Salvation Army of San Francisco landed top-honors in
two categories: "Best Volunteer Action" and "Best Do-Gooder Action." This
comes after a focused effort to revamp The Salvation Army's volunteer program
in San Francisco.
"Hooray! This is such a rewarding surprise," said Jaime Smith, Volunteer
Coordinator for The Salvation Army in San Francisco. "It's a vote of
confidence from our volunteers that the work that we're doing is successful and
the volunteers are receptive to what we're putting out there."
Smith joined The Salvation Army San Francisco team two years ago and was
immediately presented with a challenge: rebuild a fledgling volunteer program
that connects with a variety of audiences: from individuals to groups, youth to
seniors and everything in-between.
"My biggest focus was to get the word out," said Smith. "The public
needed to know that we're here, 365 days a year, and volunteering isn't limited
to just bell ringing and thrift store work, but that The Salvation Army has
variety volunteer opportunities for just about everyone."
In the last two years, The Salvation Army has successfully built volunteer
partnerships with a variety of educational institutions and alumni chapters,
churches, non-profits, and companies representing several industries,
including banking/finance, technology, transportation, retail, utility, real
estate, legal, sales/marketing, and others. And of course, The Salvation
Army offers volunteer openings for the individual person, as well.
Tens-of-thousands of people volunteer to help The Salvation Army's Golden State Division (stretching from San Francisco to Bakersfield) each year. Volunteer participation not only occurs during the holidays, it happens year-round, as tutors for after-school programs, teachers for classes, visitors to homebound seniors, and more. The opportunities are limitless.
Anyone who is interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army in San
Francisco (or elsewhere in the Golden State Division) can sign-up online:
CLICK HERE for the online volunteer sign-up.
For the full results of the 2011 Best of the Bay Area poll, visit San
Francisco Magazine's website.
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