Volunteers Needed for Stuff the Bus

A tremendous need remains for volunteers for this year’s Stuff the Bus. “The whole program rests upon the generosity of the community and the volunteers who graciously give of their time to help out at both of our local Walmarts,” says Major Hank Harwell, the Corps Officer of the Harrisonburg Salvation Army.

To volunteer, please call Dale or Dave at The Salvation Army, 434-4854, or email Dave, david.sears@uss.salvationarmy.org. Volunteers are particularly needed on Saturday late afternoon and throughout Sunday.

Stuff the Bus will be taking place at all area Walmarts from Friday August 5th through to Sunday August 7th. The annual Stuff the Bus enables people and groups to purchase school supplies for children who are from low income homes.

In Harrisonburg/Rockingham Stuff the Bus is a joint partnership between the United Way, the Harrisonburg Salvation Army, WHSV-TV 3, and the Verstandig stations, WSVA, Q-101, and Fresh 96.1.

In August 2015 the Harrisonburg Salvation Army provided school supplies to 433 children. Those who are unable to attend Stuff the Bus may mail their gifts to The Salvation Army – Stuff the Bus, PO Box 468, Harrisonburg, VA 22803. Donors should also note “Stuff the Bus” on the memo line.

Par-3 Golf Challenge to Help the Homeless

On Sunday September 11th 2016 the Keezletown United Methodist Church will be hosting a par-3 golf challenge at the picturesque Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club. The proceeds will benefit the Harrisonburg Salvation Army’s homeless shelter.

Following the round of golf, a BBQ will be held in the club house and prizes awarded.

Play 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 third 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.

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

It is said that, “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.”  It’s even more terrible when a young child has a good school and wonderful teacher but the child’s learning is hampered when the child lacks the basic supplies to help them maximize their potential.

The Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Salvation Army partners with the United Way in the annual Stuff the Bus program to gather and provide school supplies to low-income children.

Stuff the Bus will be taking place at all area Walmarts from Friday August 5th through to Sunday August 7th. The event enables people, churches and companies the opportunity to purchase school supplies for children who are from low income homes.

In Harrisonburg/Rockingham Stuff the Bus is a joint partnership between the United Way, the Harrisonburg Salvation Army, WHSV-TV 3, and the Harrisonburg Radio Group stations, WSVA, Q-101, Fresh 96.1, and WSIG.

The need is great for volunteers to help with the event. Volunteers will assist with the gathering and sorting of the supplies, and in handing out of supply lists. To volunteer, please contact Dale or Dave by calling The Salvation Army at 540-434-4854 or sending an email to david.sears@uss.salvationarmy.org. Volunteers are particularly needed on Saturday evening and throughout Sunday.

In August 2015 the Harrisonburg Salvation Army provided school supplies to 433 children. Those who are unable to attend Stuff the Bus may mail their gifts to The Salvation Army – Stuff the Bus, PO Box 468, Harrisonburg, VA 22803. Donors should also note “Stuff the Bus” on the memo line.

The Salvation Army Seeks Volunteers to Train a Disaster Response

Harrisonburg, VA (July 8, 2016) – Pictures and stories of a disaster, whether it is local or national, naturally stir the heart to do something to help in some way. Without prior training, the desire to volunteer at a disaster site cannot be fulfilled. On-site training during a disaster is not the time to be trained.

 

On Saturday July 16th 2016, the Harrisonburg Salvation Army hosts a disaster preparation component, ServSafe, that qualifies a person to prepare and serve food at a disaster site. The class will commence at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

 

“Our goal is to train, over the next year and half, a sufficient number of volunteers to staff four to five teams of 4 people who can assist with a local disaster,” says Major Hank Harwell, Corps Officer of the Harrisonburg Corps. “While our focus is preparing for a local response, a secondary goal is to have one or two teams qualified to travel to disaster responses outside our area, such as the West Virginia flood where The Salvation Army is currently serving.”

 

Those who attend this training will be eligible to participate in a local or regional disaster response. There are no costs to the participants for this training.

 

Those who are interested in participating in the training must pre-register online by going to http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training/?classes&state=VA.

 

Those who have additional questions or encounter difficulty registering may contact Major Harwell or Dave Sears at 540-434-4854.

Volunteers Sought for Stuff the Bus

There is a tremendous need for volunteers for this year’s Stuff the Bus. “The whole program rests upon the generosity of the community and the volunteers who graciously give of their time to help out at both of our local Walmarts,” says Major Hank Harwell, the Corps Officer of the Harrisonburg Salvation Army.

To volunteer, please call Dale or Dave at The Salvation Army, 434-4854, or email Dave, david.sears@uss.salvationarmy.org. Volunteers are particularly needed on Saturday late afternoon and throughout Sunday.

Stuff the Bus will be taking place at all area Walmarts from Friday August 5th through to Sunday August 7th. The annual Stuff the Bus enables people and groups to purchase school supplies for children who are from low income homes.

In Harrisonburg/Rockingham Stuff the Bus is a joint partnership between the United Way, the Harrisonburg Salvation Army, WHSV-TV 3, and the Verstandig stations, WSVA, Q-101, and Fresh 96.1.

In August 2015 the Harrisonburg Salvation Army provided school supplies to 433 children. Those who are unable to attend Stuff the Bus may mail their gifts to The Salvation Army – Stuff the Bus, PO Box 468, Harrisonburg, VA 22803. Donors should also note “Stuff the Bus” on the memo line.

Volunteers Needed for Christmas in July

From July 1st to July 9th, the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Salvation Army will have its iconic red kettles outside various local retailers as part of its Christmas in July effort. Volunteers are still sought to help staff the kettle in Timberville, VA, on July 5th and 7th.

To volunteer, call The Salvation Army at 540-434-4854, or email david.sears@uss.salvationarmy.org

Funds raised in the kettles help fund Salvation Army services during the summer months, a period when demand remains constant but donations are at their lowest.

Donations to the Christmas in July fundraising effort may be sent to The Salvation Army, PO Box 468, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

 

 

Stuff the Bus – Volunteers Needed

There is a tremendous need for volunteers for this year’s Stuff the Bus. “The whole program rests upon the generosity of the community and the volunteers who graciously give of their time to help out at both of our local Walmarts,” says Major Hank Harwell, the Corps Officer of the Harrisonburg Salvation Army.

To volunteer, please go to the http://getconnected.uwhr.org/aem/general/event/?doc_id=2906

Stuff the Bus will be taking place at all area Walmarts from Friday August 5th through to Sunday August 7th. The annual Stuff the Bus enables people and groups to purchase school supplies for children who are from low income homes.

In Harrisonburg/Rockingham Stuff the Bus is a joint partnership between the United Way, the Harrisonburg Salvation Army, WHSV-TV 3, and the Verstandig stations, WSVA, Q-101, and Fresh 96.1.

In August 2015 the Harrisonburg Salvation Army provided school supplies to 433 children. Those who are unable to attend Stuff the Bus may mail their gifts to The Salvation Army – Stuff the Bus, PO Box 468, Harrisonburg, VA 22803. Donors should also note “Stuff the Bus” on the memo line.

WHSV-TV3 and Its Viewers Provide Food to the Homeless Shelter

Foodfortheshelter.com is a site where those who wish can support the homeless at The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter’s can do so through the purchase of on-line gift cards that are then used by shelter staff to purchase needed food supplies. Foodfortheshelter is a dedicated sight designed by WHSV-TV3 in partnership with the Red Front Grocery Store. The cards are produced by Red Front and given to the Harrisonburg Salvation Army.

Each month the shelter’s kitchen on Jefferson St receives a high volume of donated food which is used to support breakfast and dinner for 50 to 60 people each day. Some of this food is prepared food left over from a group event, or from a restaurant. Some of the food are perishable items that need to be used within two or three days. Whether the food is perishable or prepared food, it is not uncommon for there to be a gap the what is needed to complete the meal. The cards are often used to complete a meal as well as other gaps in the food supplies on hand.

“Tracey Jones and her staff at WHSV-TV3, and John Garber at Red Front are great partners. They are doing a wonderful thing for our shelter’s meal program. Thanks to their work and those who contribute in this manner we are able to round-out our meals more often than ever before. The gifts cards are helping us to enhance the nutritional value and the quality of our meals,” states Major Hank Harwell, The Corps Officer of the Harrisonburg Salvation Army.”

The Community Center of Hope is The Salvation Army 64-bed homeless shelter that houses families, single men, and single women. The shelter provides meals, laundry, and warm safe beds 365 nights a year. Funding for the shelter relies upon the generosity of the local community. No operational, capital or maintenance funding comes from state or federal funds.

Two Children Provide Encouragement

The note was simple, yet powerful. The size of the block letters indicated that the note indicated that the unknown author is a 6 or 7 year old. The note was simple, yet powerful, “THANK YOU FOR GIVING FOOD.”

 

The staff of The Salvation Army would like to thank the unknown young author for the kind words of gratitude and encouragement. When the note was circulated around the staff it brought smiles to our faces and warmed out hearts.

 

Another child recently provided another reminder by saying, “Thanks for feeding God’s people!”

 

On behalf of our neighbors the staff of the Harrisonburg Salvation Army is privileged to serve those who are need of a helping hand. As the second noted reminds us, everyone we serve is a child of God who deserves our kindness, love and support. Daily our staff seeks to be an extension of the love and concern of one neighbor for another.

Valley Girl Scout Delivers Hundreds of Boxes of Cookies

Eight year old Samantha Parrish, a vivacious Brownie, delivered 541 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the Harrisonburg Salvation Army. Over the last two months as Samantha has sold boxes of cookies she invited people to buy an extra box to be given to The Salvation Army. Many people in the community did support Samantha’s desire.

 

The cookies are being used at The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter as well as being given to families who come to the food pantry. See the link for WHSV’s interview of Samantha.

 

Valley Girl Scout Donates Hundreds of Cookie Boxes