New Year's Resolution: Volunteering

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 12/27/2013 6:53 pm

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) - Jennifer Fisher with the Salvation Army, says, "After new years we do see quite an increase in volunteers coming in."

Hundreds of people in the Chattanooga area plan on paying it forward in 2014, volunteering with local non profits like the Salvation Army and Red Cross.

Faith Garner with the Red Cross, adds, "I think a lot of people do do resolutions and they want to do something to improve their life."

But like a lot of resolutions, they fall by the wayside after a month or two.

Garner says, "We don't have a large drop off here where we have no one come, but we do have times where are peak time."

Right after the first of the year is definitely a peak time.

However the Salvation Army says they need volunteers all year long.

Fisher adds, "We're doing ministry 365 days of the year, so we need volunteers throughout the year, more than just at Christmas time."

Paula Coll has been volunteering with the Red Cross for almost two years now.

She says she didn't join because of a resolution, she joined because of Superstorm Sandy.

Coll adds, "It's the most amazing organization. I can't put it into words."

So, if you're New Year's resolution is volunteering your time, these workers hope that you stick around for the whole year because the longer you work, they say, the bigger impact you can make.

Garner adds, "You're impacting people who live where you live and work with you and go to church with you, interact with you in school."

For more information on how you can help those local non profits, go to,, or

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