Did You Know?

• In 2014 The Salvation Army helped on average a different person every 39 minutes of each day of the year.
• The Salvation Army has a 62-bed homeless shelter that operates each day of year accommodating single men, single women and families.
• Each year MillerCoors employees collect and donate 190 to 220 coats to The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter.
• The Salvation Army recovers prepared food and perishable food from local restaurants and food stores for use at the shelter.
• Volunteers provide over 12,500 hours annually at The Salvation Army, equaling six full-time positions.
• Each year 30,000 to 36,000 hot meals are served at The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in Harrisonburg.
• Each summer the Harrisonburg Salvation Army sends local at-risk children to a residential camp where through crafts, recreation and skits they learn about the nature, the value of faith, and the importance of being a good citizen and friend.

Golf Challenge Benefits The Salvation Army’s Homeless Shelter

In four weeks, on Sunday September 13th the Keezletown United Methodist Church is hosting a par-3 golf challenge at the picturesque Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club. The proceeds will benefit the Harrisonburg Salvation Army’s homeless shelter.

It is not too late to get in a round of golf and help shelter a homeless person for a night or two. Every $16 raised in the challenge will house one person for one night. This is the second year the church’s golf challenge is benefiting the shelter.

“We are thrilled that to have the Keezletown United Methodist Church as one of our shelter partners. The church not only conducts the golf challenge and supportsthe shelter financially, they volunteer each month to cook and serve the evening meal to our guests.”

The $50 per player entrance fee includes all green fees, cart, dinner and prizes. The 1st Hole-In-One prize is a Lawn Tractor from Bindley & Hurst. Tee off time is 2:00 PM.

To register, individuals and foursomes can call (540) 269-8531, or email Joel Robinette at joel_robinette@hotmail.com.

Impact of Volunteering

Volunteers greatly extend the work of The Salvation Army, providing it with enhanced human and fiscal resources. In every area of service, selfless and dedicated men, women and young people are freely giving their time and talents to help others. Volunteers provide invaluable assistance in the office, with the food pantry, cooking and serving meals at the shelter, staffing kettles, organizing and running the Christmas distribution, aiding character building activities, providing music lessons for at-risk youth, responding to disasters, and much more. Volunteers enable The Salvation Army to serve far more people with a greater array of services than would be possible with its small staff.

In 2014, volunteers provided 12,661 hours of volunteer service. That number of hours equals more than 6 full-time positions and all those hours greatly extend the resources of The Salvation Army to assist more people than our current staff could assist on their own.

Why volunteer?
• Volunteers can provide direct service to clients.
• Volunteers show clients that someone outside the paid staff cares for them.
• Volunteers may have added credibility because they are unsalaried.
• Volunteers can focus on one task for a specified period of time or project.
• Volunteers extend the human resources of The Salvation Army enabling it to serve more people.
• Volunteers increase The Salvation Army’s access to the community.
• Volunteers promote a better understanding of Salvation Army service.
• Volunteers support special services and fundraisers by attending and bringing others.
• Volunteers supplement essential services with experience, knowledge and skills.
• Volunteers spark innovation. Historically, volunteers are pioneers in creating new services.
• Volunteers find service to others in a faith-based context to be an expression of their own faith.
• Volunteers can be legislative advocates, fundraisers, and public education agents.
• Volunteers can offer constructive criticism and give feedback for future planning.

If you would like more information or to volunteer, please contact Matt Vandenberg at 434-4854 or email him at Matthew_VanDenberg@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Did You Know?

Did you know:
• In a typical year that 1,500 to 1,600 Harrisonburg/Rockingham County children receive toys and clothing at Christmas through The Salvation Army.
• The Salvation Army has a 62-bed homeless shelter that operates each day of year accommodating single men, single women and families.
• In a typical year 17,800 to 20,800 nights of lodgings are provided to people who are homeless.
• Thanks to Classic Cleaners The Salvation Army was able to distribute over 377 winter coats to children and their parents in December.
• The Harrisonburg/Rockingham Salvation Army again this year anticipates distributing Thanksgiving baskets to over 2,000 people.
• Thanks to the volume of donated non-perishable food items, for $29 The Salvation Army is able to feed a family of five for three to four days.

Golf Challenge Benefits The Salvation Army’s Homeless Shelter

On the afternoon of Sunday September 13th the Keezletown United Methodist Church is hosting a par-3 golf challenge at the picturesque Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club. The proceeds will benefit the Harrisonburg Salvation Army’s homeless shelter. Every $16 raised will house one person for a night. This is the second year the church’s golf challenge is benefiting the shelter.

“We are thrilled that to have the Keezletown United Methodist Church as one of our shelter partners. The church not only conducts the golf challenge and supportsthe shelter financially, they volunteer each month to cook and serve the evening meal to our guests.”

The $50 per player entrance fee includes all green fees, cart, dinner and prizes. The 1st Hole-In-One prize is a Lawn Tractor from Bindley & Hurst. Tee off time is 2:00 PM.

To register, individuals and foursomes can call (540) 269-8531, or email Joel Robinette at joel_robinette@hotmail.com.

Did You Know?

Did you know:
• In 2014 The Salvation Army helped on average a different person every 39 minutes of each day of the year.
• The Salvation Army has a 62-bed homeless shelter that operates each day of year accommodating single men, single women and families.
• Each year MillerCoors employees collect and donate 190 to 220 coats to The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter.
• The Salvation Army recovers prepared food and perishable food from local restaurants and food stores for use at the shelter.
• Volunteers provide over 12,500 hours annually at The Salvation Army, equaling six full-time positions.
• Each year 30,000 to 36,000 hot meals are served at The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in Harrisonburg.
• Each summer the Harrisonburg Salvation Army sends local at-risk children to a residential camp where through crafts, recreation and skits they learn about the nature, the value of faith, and the importance of being a good citizen and friend.

Golf Challenge Benefits The Salvation Army’s Homeless Shelter

On the afternoon of Sunday September 13th the Keezletown United Methodist Church is hosting a par-3 golf challenge at the picturesque Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club. The proceeds will benefit the Harrisonburg Salvation Army’s homeless shelter.

Every $16 raised will house one person for a night. This is the second year the church’s golf challenge is benefiting the shelter.

“We are thrilled that to have the Keezletown United Methodist Church as one of our shelter partners. The church not only conducts the golf challenge and supportsthe shelter financially, they volunteer each month to cook and serve the evening meal to our guests.”

The $50 per player entrance fee includes all green fees, cart, dinner and prizes. The 1st Hole-In-One prize is a Lawn Tractor from Bindley & Hurst. Tee off time is 2:00 PM.

To register, individuals and foursomes can call (540) 269-8531, or email Joel Robinette at joel_robinette@hotmail.com.

So You Want to Help in a Disaster

When you have seen pictures of a local or national disaster, have you ever thought that you would be willing to volunteer to help in some way? During times of disaster, the images of people in need do move our hearts and leads many to wish that they could do something. Though you may want to help and even call or email an organization like The Salvation Army to express your interest, you will not be able to used for you have not been pre-trained. As on-site training during a disaster is not the time to be trained, FEMA and the Emergency Operation Centers in each county of the nation now require that those who arrive on a disaster site be pre-trained.

Disasters, both small and major, are stressful fluid moments. Those who are deployed to help arrive on scene prepared. They understand that accommodation may be rough and meals irregular. They arrive with the knowledge of how they and their task fits into the whole, and equally important, they have gone through background checks and training to help ensure that they will not take advantage of vulnerable populations. Each volunteer and staff arrive on scene knowing that they must to stay focused upon their assigned task if order and progress is to be made during a chaotic situation.

On May 30th 2015, the Harrisonburg Salvation Army will be hosting two required disaster training elements. These elements are, a) Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services – (10 AM to 2 PM) http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training/upcoming_class_detail.php?classID=47185
and, b) Safe From Harm, Level I – 2 PM to 4 PM – http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training/upcoming_class_detail.php?classID=47186

Each component has its own free registration. All registration is done online using the above two links.

The Harrisonburg Corps has an emergency response canteen which has been used in various local, regional and local responses. The Corps is seeking people to be trained and qualified to primarily assist in the staffing of its canteen for the occasional local disaster. Some volunteers may wish to also assist with a disaster that takes place in our state and region.

For those who wish to read more about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services program, videos and ongoing stories about current and recent responses, can go to http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/index.php

Graduate Student Brings Passion for Music Education to the Community

Joel Collier (M ’13), a student in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at James Madison University, was introduced to brass band music at the young age of four when he took his first brass lesson on the cornet, taught by his parents. That same year Joel began instruction in piano. Now as a graduate student, Joel plays the euphonium, trombone, tuba and piano, as well as performs as a tenor vocalist and a conductor.

Indeed, the connections between music, family and community have long been central to Joel’s passions, particularly through the Salvation Army music programs. Joel’s early musical training began in the Salvation Army music programs, as did his siblings’, parents’ and grandparents’ instruction. As a college student, Joel wanted to give back to those programs that were so formative in his early experiences. He started as a volunteer in his hometown of Philadelphia where he offered private brass and piano lessons and led the band and chorus rehearsals. As he prepared to move to Harrisonburg for graduate studies at JMU, Joel was already thinking about how to get involved in the Salvation Army here in the valley:

Read more…http://www.jmu.edu/stories/grad/2015/0-1-a-collier.shtml

5 Reasons to Support The Salvation Army

In June of 2015, the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Salvation Army will have served the community for 90 years. Over the course of these past months The Salvation Army has asked various volunteers, Board members, clients and staff reasons for supporting The Salvation Army with their gifts of cash, material and time. From those responses a list of “90 Reasons to Support The Salvation Army” was developed. Today we are publishing on our web site five, which are:

1. Throughout the year The Salvation Army touches the life of a Harrisonburg/Rockingham resident every 39 minutes.

2. The Harrisonburg Salvation Army operates a 72-bed homeless shelter, providing warm safe beds and meals to the homeless, and gives the homeless time to rebuild their lives and return to permanent housing.

3. The Salvation Army has a heart driven passion to serve compassionately those in need.

4. Helps families to stretch their budget through the sale of gently used clothing and household items at The Salvation Army’s Family Store.

5. With less than 9% of your donation going to administrative and fundraising costs, The Salvation Army ensures that as much of the donation as possible goes into services and programs that impact local people in Harrisonburg/Rockingham County.