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

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.