THE SALVATION Army’s Red Shield Appeal is as urgent as ever in WA this year, with almost 7 per cent unemployment and almost 10,000 people homeless.
The Salvation Army needs to mobilise more than 60,000 volunteers across the country on the weekend of May 27 and 28 to help collect $8 million for the annual appeal.
Donations to the appeal help the Salvos work to support thousands of people in crisis.
Northbridge Salvos spokesman Warren Palmer said the group’s frontline services were “under increasing pressure”.
“For many people hard times can simply be one pay cheque away… We are seeing many new people who have not needed our support before,” he said.
“Just a few hours of your time can make a real difference for people experiencing hardship and gives hope where it’s needed the most.”
The Salvation Army works in the areas of homelessness, family violence, emergency relief, addiction and disaster response.
In a typical week the Salvation Army provides 100,000 meals, 2000 beds for people experiencing homelessness, distributes up to 8000 grocery vouchers, and provides refuge for 500 people fleeing abuse.
On Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28 the Salvation Army will be out in local communities collecting donations for the Red Shield Appeal.
To volunteer as a collector or donate please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvationarmy.org.au/collect.