Omaha Salvation Army 2015 Annual Report

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 heart.”

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.