All Star Volunteer-only

From Kris Volpone, resource and volunteer specialist

At the beginning of March, we formally celebrated and gave thanks to our volunteers. They are amazing people, volunteers. They give from the hearts. They give their time willingly and happily. They make a difference to this organization and to the people we serve. We would be hard pressed to accomplish enough without our volunteers. ”

The experience of working with volunteers is heartwarming, rewarding, and inspiring. Volunteers are always eager to meet that need.

From the amazingly talented professional musicians to the friends that place canned food on the shelves, volunteers are people who come out and share their time, talents and treasures.

So, thank you, to all of you who volunteer with love and compassion. We could not do it without you!
Larry and Beverly Noble Area Commanders award Larry and Beverly Noble received the Area Command Award. This couple takes on many responsibilities while they’re here with us in Florida each year, and that service continues with The Army in their other home. Their love for the mission of The Army shows in their service. They are trained disaster volunteers and true partners in ministry with The Salvation Army. Standing next to Beverly and Larry are Area Commanders Major Cheryl Gilliam and Major Tim Gilliam.

Frank Vesely Toys For Tots award The Salvation Army values its community partnerships. This next organization has been a great partner and we’d like to take a moment to recognize Toys for Tots and the Marine Corps League for their work together with the Army to brighten Christmas for children in the communities we serve. Frank Vesely accepted the award from Majors Cheryl and Tim Gilliam.
Joe and Linda Fino Development award Vol Bellringing Christmas Kettle Volunteers: Bellringing Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the signature Salvation Army red kettles. And you, our volunteers and community partners are the motor behind the kettle campaign. One special group of volunteers brought in more than $5,600 as a first-time bellringing group this year. They rang for 89 hours and served with joy at the kettle. The Development Department would like to recognize the Iona Ranch Community for outstanding service to The Salvation Army Fort Myers Area Command as bellringers. Joe and Linda Fino accepted the award on behalf of the Iona Ranch Community.

Jane Lewis and Teresa Scott with award Christmas Kettle Volunteers: Kettle Counting -  Our finance department, in addition to their daily tasks, is responsible for counting every dollar, coin and check that comes into our kettles each year. This is the only place finance is allowed to accept volunteers and it makes a world of difference. One special volunteer served as a counter almost daily throughout the kettle season. She arrived early each day with a can-do attitude and a willing spirit and stayed until the sorting was finished. Teresa Scott, finance director, recognized Jayne Lewis for her outstanding service to The Salvation Army Fort Myers Command as a kettle counter.
Jim Spencer Corps award Corps Volunteer -  The Fort Myers Corps is the heartbeat of all of The Salvation Army operations. It is our church and a place where people can fellowship with one another, share in the love of Christ and connect with the center of The Salvation Army’s mission; the Gospel.  One standout Corps volunteer is always willing to lend his time and talents to the Army. He is a dependable, hard worker who always contributes as much as he can. He transformed the Corps’ band room from a chaotic catch-all to a functioning, well-organized space for our bandsmen, among other things. The Fort Myers Corps appreciates and recognized Jim Spencer for outstanding service to The Salvation Army Fort Myers Area Command. (l to r): Lt. Jay Needham, Jim Spencer, Majors Cheryl and Tim Gilliam.

Jack Taggart Corrections award Corrections VolunteerOur Corrections Department handles clients from programs run by the State of Florida and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Corrections volunteers bring very specialized skill sets to the table.  This Corrections Department volunteer provides specialized training to its clients on a weekly basis, offering his expertise along with compassion, humility and caring. His skill set is an asset to our program and service to corrections clients, along with his calm demeanor and cool approach. Jack Taggart was recognized for his outstanding service to The Salvation Army Fort Myers Area Command through the Corrections Department. (l to r): Director of Corrections Tim McCormick, Jack Taggart, and Majors Cheryl and Tim Gilliam.
Cindy Brown Program Services award Program Services Volunteer - Program Services encompasses every aspect of our social services from our residential shelter and kitchen, to our outreach and housing programs. There is a volunteer who has covered nearly all of that ground. This volunteer’s selfless dedication to the mission of The Salvation Army has a wide reach within Lee County. She personally committed 360 volunteer hours and spearheaded volunteer recruitment within her community. Her passion and high energy in serving the Fort Myers Outreach Service Center led to more than 5,500 meals served from the food pantry. The Program Services department recognized the outstanding service of Cindy Brown. (l to r): Director of Program Services Shannon Cherizier, Cindy Brown, and Majors Cheryl and Tim Gilliam.

Tom Palumbo Operations award Operations Volunteer -  The operations department includes maintenance, IT, and Security and many other areas; all in support of the overall running of the Area Command and its programs. This department has nominated yet another versatile volunteer involved in many areas of service - someone who has a smile for everyone he encounters and handles every task with joy and respect; from sweeping floors and shredding documents, to telling jokes to make our clients smile while they wait in line for Christmas applications. This person is always proactive in seeking out opportunities to help do the most good. For that, the Operations department recognized Tom Palumbo for outstanding service. (l to r): Director of Facility Operations Russell Rieder, Tom Palumbo, and Majors Cheryl and Tim Gilliam.
IMG_6041 Crossroads Volunteer - Crossroads is our six-month, faith-based alcohol and drug rehabilitation program This includes a work-therapy for program participants in our family stores, as well as oversight of the business operations of the three local stores and the distribution warehouse.  This couple volunteers a minimum of 20 hours each week in our family stores. They are great with the customers, have servants’ hearts and care deeply for The Salvation Army. The staff can’t say enough about how much they appreciate this couple’s service. Our Crossroads staff acknowledged Clellan and Connie Davis for outstanding service to The Salvation Army Fort Myers Area Command. (l to r): Major Brenda Lane, Clellan and Connie Davis, and Majors Cheryl and Tim Gilliam.

Radiology Regional Health Services award Health Services - Our Health Services Department oversees our medical clinic, medical respite unit, WeCare program and Project Dentists Care clinic. Hundreds of medical professionals donate their space and/or time to serve our clients. This group has served generously through the WeCare program in Lee County; standing at the ready to offer their services and stepping forward to meet needs. Our Health Services department recognized Radiology Regional for outstanding service to The Salvation Army Fort Myers Area Command this past year. (l to r): Health Services Program Manager Paul Whitear, Director of Business Development at Radiology Regional Shawn Elliott, Health Services Director Daisy Ellis, and Majors Cheryl and Tim Gilliam.
Christmas Cheer - Of the businesses and community partners who gave their invaluable support by sponsoring angels last Christmas, one group absolutely stood out. This organization adopted 200 angels not only providing clothing and toys for children in need in Lee County, but delivering their large donation right to our Christmas warehouse. One of its members also volunteers her time on The Salvation Army’s Advisory Board. We’re thankful to Jeanne Dozier and the Lee County School Board for their participation in such a special way, and we want to recognize them for their outstanding service.

Angel Tree Groups - In 2015, we launched a new program that required much more community partnership to enable us to meet both a need and a want for the children we serve at Christmas time. We had approximately 70 groups that helped us host an Angel Tree for underprivileged children this year. We want to recognize those who attended the All Star Volunteer Breakfast.
  • Barry University/PACE
  • Beall’s
  • Bonita/Estero Friends of The Salvation Army
  • Gibbs Law Office
  • ITT Tech
  • Michael’s Lutheran School
  • Ker’s Winghouse
  • US Marine Corps Reserve League – Toys for Tots
  • Public Safety Corporation
  • Title Junction