Clim assists the Volunteer Resources Team to develop The Salvation Army’s volunteer strategy and role profiles for future volunteers. He also assists with mentoring the team.
“The Salvation Army was foremost in my mind when I thought of volunteering my time as the work they do locally and globally is highly commendable,” says Clim.
“I had decided to look for a balanced work/life style and blend my corporate consulting work with volunteering. Volunteering means I can engage with the ‘workforce’ at The Salvation Army, there isn’t much social engagement in corporate consulting.”
Nine years ago, Anita and her husband moved from India to Adelaide with hopes of making a better life for themselves.
“But we were paying lots of money to stay with people and my husband didn’t find a job for a long time, so we couldn’t even afford the simplest things like tea bags to make a cup of tea,” says Anita.
Eventually she heard about her local Salvation Army community support centre. “I walked in and I felt so ashamed to be asking for things. I just stood in the corner and cried,” she says.
Heather, the manager of the centre at the time, introduced herself to Anita. “Heather said I could
take tea, sugar and biscuits…and that was the start of our friendship.”
“When we finally found a place to rent, Heather noticed we didn’t have much and came the next day
with mattresses, bed sheets and towels—I couldn’t believe someone would do that.”
Anita now volunteers at the centre assisting clients with food parcels and sorting fruit and
vegetable donations. “I’m now able to give back. I’ve walked that journey too so I understand
the pain people are going through,” she says.