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

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 2015, volunteers provided 13,761 hours of volunteer service. That number of hours equals nearly 7 full-time positions. Volunteers 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.

An 8-Yr Old Blesses The Salvation Army With 541 Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies

On Wednesday morning Samantha Parrish, a vivacious young 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 asked people to buy an extra box to be given to The Salvation Army. Many people in the community did support Samantha’s desire.

When asked how she felt about what she achieved, the young lady’s arms shot out above her head as she excitedly replied, “Absolutely fantastic”.  Watch TV3 on Thursday, April 14, morning for her interview and video of the boxes being delivered.

Over the coming weeks the cookies will be served at The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter, The Community Center of Hope, and boxes provided to hungry families who come the organization’s food pantry.

The Salvation Army is grateful for the dream and generosity of this wonderful young lady.

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.

A Transformational Experience for a Child

What difference can a week away from home make in the life of a child?

 

Each summer the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Salvation Army provides an opportunity for 35 to 50 the opportunity to spend time at a summer camp run by The Salvation Army in Richardsville, Virginia. A gift of $38 to the camp fund will enable a young person to spend a night at camp.

 

That one week spent away from the problems of home can make a difference, providing them with a transformative experience, helping them to dream dreams that are bigger and more glorious that what their home life produces. These enlarged dreams that can take a child from the pathway of poverty onto a more productive one.

 

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 2015, volunteers provided 13,761 hours of volunteer service. That number of hours equals nearly 7 full-time positions. Volunteers 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.

Volunteers See Results of Their Time

On a cold January morning, food pantry volunteer Connie Bazzle noticed a man in a wheel chair wearing a thin coat. As he waited for his groceries he was invited to look for a coat from the selection of winter coats on a nearby coat rack. Minutes later he returned beaming wrapped in a coat. Reflecting on the moment Connie said, “Anytime someone lights-up it makes you feel good.” He sought only groceries but left with a badly needed coat to keep him warm. Long term volunteers, Bob and Margie Miller say that “it is touching to see tears in the eyes of people receiving help.”

Whether one volunteers behind the scenes, on the kettles, cooks meals at the shelter, works at a seasonal distribution, or helps at the food pantry, all volunteers are appreciated and each makes a difference. Through their gift of time volunteers extend our human and financial resources, thereby enabling The Salvation Army to assist more people than its small staff would be able to do. At The Salvation Army “We see the end results of what we are doing,” says Margie.

Volunteering impacts those who volunteer too. “Volunteering at The Salvation Army gives me perspective. Also, being part of it is humbling,” says Connie.

“I’m drawn to volunteering by my faith and a passion for helping others,” says Raymond Cyzick speaking of why he’s volunteered and actively recruited other volunteers for four decades. “The Salvation Army is doing the most good it can for those in need with the least costs possible. This is why I’ll do anything I can for The Salvation Army.”

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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.

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

Thank You For Being There for Me.

Gina arrived to at our office other day to volunteer for an afternoon. Gina, a former resident of our homeless shelter, wanted to give back and expressed her gratitude for the support she received in her time crisis. She explained that she was in a dire state when she arrived at our doors that late Fall day. She was discouraged and wondered how she would get back on her feet again. Over the subsequent months Gina’s self-confidence increased. She secured employment and began to save a good portion of her salary.

 

She said that thanks to the shelter staff and volunteers she learned budget management for the first time in her life. She also learned how to face and intentionally address issues as they arose in her life. The lessons she learned continue to guide her. Over two years later Gina is still employed, has her own home and is contributing positively to her community.

 

She finished by saying, “Thank you for being there for me. The Salvation Army will always have a special place in my heart.”

 

The Salvation Army’s shelter is a vital part of our community’s safety net for the homeless. It provides homeless families, women and men with a warm safe bed as well as time for them to rebuild their lives. The shelter’s primary goal is for its guests to return to permanent, stable housing just like Gina.

 

People are encouraged to help impact one life at a time through a bed sponsorship. A sponsorship to cover a bed for a whole month is $498 per month. A sponsorship to cover a bed for a full week each month is $125 per month. Donations may be mailed to “Bed Sponsorship, The Salvation Army, PO Box 468, Harrisonburg, VA 22803”.  Or to learn more, call Dave at 540-434-4854.