Another takeaway from the visit was the hope that students recognize the link between math and helping organizations at large and how “math is used in different ways in different jobs,” as Bree explained. “I want students to see the value in math and how organizations use it to make a difference.”
As the CSL students learned, math, budgeting, and shopping really do make a difference in The Salvation Army Thrift Store community! When people thrift at our stores, they are thrifting for communities. The funds generated at the stores help support programs run by The Salvation Army in Canada, which is the largest non-governmental provider of social services in the country. Services and programs offered by The Salvation Army include food banks, shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness, and crises relief support.
Thrift Store locations also contribute to environmental sustainability through recycling programs. During the fiscal year of 2020-2021 alone, The Salvation Army Thrift Store diverted 70,820,221 lbs of unwanted household items and textiles from local landfills, which equals to 1,400 full recycling trucks.
“What’s important,” said Bree, “is that students can also help the organization by learning about us, becoming potential new customers, and helping to spread awareness of our organization within their own network.”
By participating in this program, students got a chance to not only see how their dollars help those in need on a grassroots level, but also helped to establish a mutually beneficial relationship between the college and The Salvation Army Thrift Store.
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