Volunteering is an investment that goes both ways
Wanda Utecht isn’t one to sit back and wait for things to happen –
it’s why she has worked to make a difference as a volunteer with The Salvation
Army for so many years and part of the reason why she loves being on its
Women’s Auxiliary board of directors.
“The feeling of giving to the community through The Salvation Army
is incredibly rewarding. They follow the old adage, ‘Not a hand out, but a hand
up.’ With that kind of mindset, you know you’re giving people the kind of help
they need most.”
From revitalizing and expanding the silent auction program to
sitting as treasurer on the Women’s Auxiliary board of directors for several
years, she has put her heart and mind into helping the organization help
others. “All of the times I’ve spent with The Salvation Army really touch my
Of course, Wanda goes beyond her regular duties as a volunteer and
board member; she’s also a strong advocate for building The Salvation Army’s
volunteer base and getting more people involved with the many aspects of
community work the organization does.
“If I ever meet someone who wants to volunteer with The Salvation
Army, I immediately take them by the hand, invite them to an Auxiliary meeting
and introduce them to our volunteer director. Because I love The Salvation
Army. I really do.”
For information on how
you can invest in the community by volunteering with The Salvation Army, call
Ramona Arthur, director of volunteer services, at 402-898-7700 ext. 1168. For
information about joining the Women’s Auxiliary, call 402-898-5933.
Wanda Utecht, pictured on the right, loves spreading joy through
volunteering. Her story is just one example of how people with The Salvation
Army invest in our community. You’ll find more inspiring examples in The
Salvation Army Annual Report 2015, posted here.