By Joanna Estrada
The Salvation Army Relations
In the heart of El Paso, a community of neighbors helping neighbors, stands Felix Casas. As a dedicated volunteer for The Salvation Army and a proud member of the Zaragoza Rotary Club, he has not only left an incredible mark on his community but has also strengthened the connection between two organizations committed to making a difference.
A Heart for Service
After dedicating 43 years to a career with American Airlines, Felix retired in 2012. Retirement, as it turned out, marked the beginning of a new chapter in his life. With a strong desire to serve his community, Felix volunteered with various organizations throughout the city, from El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank to the Rainbow Borderland Center. His commitment to giving back extends far and wide.
Felix’s journey with The Salvation Army began with an introduction to Brenda Sanchez, the Volunteer Coordinator. Inspired by her guidance and passion, Felix decided to join the mission and dedicate his time and effort to alleviating hunger within the community.
A Helping Hand to the Hungry
Today, Felix is a vital force in The Salvation Army’s mission, assembling food boxes destined for families in need and preparing sack lunches for various projects. This hands-on work allows him to make a direct and immediate impact in the fight against hunger.
“I prepare 15 food boxes in the morning, but they’re gone in 24 hours,” says Felix. “It’s a reminder that the fight against hunger is an ongoing challenge, but I know we’re making an impact.”
Rotary Club Support: Painting Hope and Raising Funds
About a year into his volunteer work with The Salvation Army, Felix discovered a new outlet for his passion and joined the Zaragoza Rotary Club. This Rotary Club, known for its commitment to community service, has been an excellent partner to The Salvation Army for several years.
The Zaragoza Rotary Club’s dedication to service aligns perfectly with Felix’s work with The Salvation Army. Their joint efforts have resulted in an array of volunteer projects aimed at making a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. Some of these initiatives include painting the after-school room at the family shelter, participating in the Christmas fundraiser, hosting various fundraisers, and preparing food boxes.
Volunteer of the Year
Felix has volunteered 249 hours since May 2022. His unwavering dedication has not gone unnoticed. During National Salvation Army Week in May 2023, he was presented with the “Volunteer of the Year” award. Felix’s story is a testament to the power of community, compassion, and collaboration.
A Call to Action: Be the Change in Your Community
Join the ranks of dedicated volunteers like Felix and answer the call to support The Salvation Army’s community services. “Consider this your official invitation and join us at The Salvation Army,” says Volunteer Coordinator Brenda Sanchez. “Whether you have a passion for working in the shelter kitchen, assisting in the thrift store, or ringing the bell for the iconic Red Kettle Campaign, we have a place for you.”
For more information about The Salvation Army, to volunteer, or to make a donation, visit southernusa.salvationarmy.org/elpaso or call 915-544-9811.