The Salvation Army Greater Pittsburgh Women’s Auxiliary Seeks Volunteers

Sep 15, 2022 | by Nicole Harrell

PITTSBURGH (September 15, 2022)The Salvation Army Greater Pittsburgh Women’s Auxiliary is seeking volunteers to support their annual Fall Fabric Fair, which will return on Saturday, October 8. Volunteers are also needed year-round to support The Salvation Army’s various programs and initiatives. From organizing The Salvation Army Christmas toy programs during the holidays, to operating a multitude of fundraising activities, The Salvation Army’s Women’s Ministries offers a range of opportunities for women to serve in their local communities.

Lois Appel has volunteered with The Salvation Army for nearly two decades. Appel says so many of us have felt isolated these past couple years and she sincerely appreciates the fellowship and friendship.

“You got to see your friends who you hadn’t seen in so long,” Appel said, when asked about returning to volunteering on a regular basis. “As part of the auxiliary you get to meet people who are nice to be around and to talk to. You just feel like you are doing something positive.”

Amy Quinlan, an avid seamstress and crafter, started volunteering on a weekly basis after retiring in October 2020. She learned more about volunteering after having a positive experience at a Fabric Fair. “I walked in and immediately felt, ‘these are my people.’”

The goal of The Salvation Army’s Women’s Ministries is to bring women into the knowledge of Jesus Christ, encourage their full leadership potential, equip them for growth in personal understanding and in life skills and to address issues that impact women and families around the world.

“I look forward to it every week, it’s like my favorite thing,” Quinlan said. “This is a fun way to get involved and stay engaged while doing something that has a positive impact on the community.”

Farida Morris recently started getting involved. She says during her volunteer experiences it feels like a family and everyone looks forward to interacting, meeting and eating lunch together. She loved seeing her first Fabric Fair in action from a volunteer’s perspective and can’t wait to see the turnout for this year’s event in October.

“I get so thrilled to see so many people participate and come out,” Morris said. “For so many people to support this cause and help raise money, it’s really beautiful.”

The year’s Fall Fabric Fair will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at The Salvation Army Pittsburgh Temple Worship and Service Center located at 1060 McNeilly Road in Pittsburgh.

The popular event will offer bargains on fabric, yarn, crafting materials and “sew” much more! Since its inception, the annual Fabric Fair has raised more than $630,000, with all proceeds providing critical assistance to struggling individuals and families throughout Allegheny County.

Donated fabric and related items are always in need, as are additional volunteers to measure and sort fabric in preparation for the fair. For more information call 412-446-1500 or visit salvationarmywpa.org/fabricfair.


Celebrating over 150 years of global service as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 132 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, visit wpa.salvationarmy.org.  The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need.


Contact:

Nicole Harrell, Director of Marketing and Public Relations

The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

Email  |  Office: (412) 446-1642  |  Cell: (757) 619-6984


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