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.

Homeless Shelter and Food for the shelter.com

While The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter receives a high volume of donated food, prepared as well as food supplies, gaps will always occur when a feeding program relies upon donated items. Foodfortheshelter.com is a website with a goal of eliminating the gaps.

Within days of being launched on April 30th several gifts through foodfortheshelter.com were being received.

Designed and maintained by WHSV-TV3 and its staff, foodfortheshelter.com is an online partnership between WHSV-TV3 and the Red Front Grocery Store. The goal is to provide food for The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter and to fill in the food supply gaps.

By going to site families in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham community can purchase Red Front gift cards. The gift cards are then given to the Harrisonburg Salvation Army as a gift-in-kind for the purchase of food supplies for the kitchen at the organization’s homeless shelter that houses single men, single women and families with children.

For years the kitchen at the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter on Jefferson St has received a high volume of donated food which has been used to support breakfast and dinner for 52 to 60 people. It is not uncommon for there to be a gap in the kitchen’s supplies and in what is needed to complete a meal. The gifts cards will enable The Salvation Army to fill the food supply gaps as they occur.

“We are pleased that WHSV-TV3, its employees and John Garber at Red Front have partnered together to launch this practical program,” says Major Hank Harwell of the Harrisonburg Salvation Army. What these two wonderful partners are going for shelter’s meal program is fantastic. Their initiative is enabling us to round-out our meals, improving the nutritional value and quality of our meals.”

Food for the shelter.com

WHSV-TV3 in partnership with the Red Front Grocery Store launched a website on April 30, 2015 to provide a means for the community to support The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter’s feeding program. Through the foodfortheshelter.com website donors can purchase Red Front gift cards. The cards are then used by the Harrisonburg Salvation Army to purchase food supplies for the kitchen.

For years the kitchen at the Salvation Army’s homeless shelter on Jefferson St has received a high volume of donated food which has been used to support breakfast and dinner for 52 to 60 people. It is not uncommon for there to be a gap in the kitchen’s supplies and in what is needed to complete a meal. The gifts cards will enable The Salvation Army to fill the food supply gaps as they occur.

“What WHSV-TV3, its employees and John Garber at Red Front are great partners. They are doing a wonderful thing for our shelter’s meal program. They are enabling us to round-out our meals. Also the gifts cards will enhance the nutritional value and the quality of our meals,” states Major Hank Harwell, The Corps Officer of the Harrisonburg Salvation Army.”

Those who wish to purchase food for the shelter can go to foodfortheshelter.com.

JMU Baseball Helps Those in Need

James Madison University Baseball and The Salvation Army of Harrisonburg are once again partnering together on April 3rd, 4th and 5th to help those in need in the local community with food and clothing. Those who bring a bag of clothing or non-perishable food to the game will receive a ticket for free entry to the game. Items may be dropped off at The Salvation Army disaster vehicle that will be located outside the entrance gate.

The JMU Dukes will be hosting the Blue Hens of the University of Delaware during the Easter weekend home stand. The games are scheduled to start on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 P.M. and on Easter Sunday at 2:00 P.M.

Badly Needed Shoes for a Snowy Day

Until they are lacking, every day basics are easy to take for granted. One of our daily basics is comfortable and dry shoes. Ron, an unemployed late twenty-something year old gentleman with a cognitive handicap, had been living with a friend until he was asked to leave. The day after a Shenandoah Valley snowstorm, Ron found himself homeless and walking five miles in the deep snow and slush to The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter. He arrived at the shelter in the early evening, chilled to the bone. His shoes were not only well soaked through but they were showing their age and the miles.

With his old shoes still drying, when the office opened the next morning Ron received a pair of running shoes. Why the shoes were in an office closet and not at the Family Store was a mystery. They may have fallen out of a bag of donated clothing, put into a closet temporarily, then buried, and thereby never making it to the store. For The Salvation Army, why they were in the closet was not material. As Ron needed a good dry pair of casual shoes, and since the shoes were his size, Ron was quickly given them along with a voucher for the Harrisonburg Salvation Army Family Store so that he could get some heavier clothing.

When it’s cold, snow is on the ground, and you don’t have a dry pair of shoes, receiving a simple pair becomes a wonderful blessing. Thanks to our donors who are Doing the Most Good, the Harrisonburg Salvation Army was pleased to be able to help Ron in his time of need with a good pair of dry running shoes.