Inverell Salvation Army captain Robert Mills is appealing for volunteers to help with the local Red Shield Doorknock Appeal at the end of the month.
The appeal is the Salvation Army’s biggest fundraiser for the year, and goes toward meeting the growing demand for its services across the country.
“These range from women’s refuges, homeless services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, family tracing – bringing families back together – and of course our emergency services,” Captain Mills said.
He said the emergency services were used recently in Queensland following Cyclone Debbie to assist victims.
Describing the doorknock appeal as a commitment, Captain Mills said people were often waiting at their homes to donate on the day of the appeal.
He said meeting people at their homes was also his favourite part of the annual appeal.
This year, the appeal will take place in Inverell on Sunday, May 28, and in past years it has included local volunteer groups who give up their time to help, as well as individuals.
It is part of a nationwide campaign which is expected to see 60,000 people across Australia collecting donations, which the Salvos hope will raise $8 million over the weekend.
Captain Mills said local volunteers would receive a Big Mac voucher and an appreciation certificate to thank them for their efforts. To volunteer, meet at the Salvos hall at 35 Vivian Street on Sunday, May 28.