Volunteers Needed for Christmas in July

From June 30th to July 8th, 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 6th and 7th.

To volunteer, call The Salvation Army at 540-434-4854 and ask for Dale, or email dale.vencill@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.

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 at 434-4854 or email him at Matthew.VanDenberg@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Help in Difficult Times

All Derrick wanted was to be a good husband and father. But he felt like he was failing.

 

He’d fallen on hard times. He had a job, but his hours were decreased, and then he took ill and was unable to work for eight days.

 

“We were barely making ends meet before the hours were reduced,” he says. “Suddenly I was unable to pay all the bills. And then when I became ill it became worse and I fell behind on my utility bill and received a disconnect notice. I barely could afford the rent and food for my wife and children.”

 

But, thanks to you, Derrick got the help he needed at The Salvation Army just in time.

 

“My electricity heat was about to be shut off, and they helped me,” he says. “They supplied helped us with our utility bill, and then they give us food, diapers, and wipes for my kids. Thankfully The Salvation Army and their caring staff were there. They helped keep my family from being homeless. Our difficulty could have easily become bigger.”

 

Today, Derrick and his wife are providing fully for his family. “We’re not only doing better now,” he says. “We are also able to save a few dollars each pay. And every chance I get, I’m going to help The Salvation Army by volunteering. They helped us in a difficult moment and kept it from becoming even worse.”

 

Now he makes sure to encourage others: “Donate what you can. You’re not just helping one person, you’re helping your entire community, one person at a time.”

 

Thank you for supporting Derrick and his family! Your kindness and generosity are helping our whole community, one person at a time.

Supporting the Homeless Through Foodfortheshelter.com

Foodfortheshelter.com is a site where those who are wishing to support the homeless can support The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter’s feeding program through the purchase of on-line gift cards. Foodfortheshelter is a dedicated sight designed by WHSV-TV3 in partnership with the Red Front Grocery Store. The gift-cards that are purchased by donors are given to the Harrisonburg Salvation Army and are then used by The 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.”

The Community Center of Hope is The Salvation Army 62-bed homeless shelter that houses families, single men and single women. The shelter provides meals, laundry and warm safe beds 365 nights a year.

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

Diving For Christmas Toys Brings Help to a Family

A few weeks before Christmas, a City of Harrisonburg police officer found two boys going through items left outside The Salvation Army’s Family Store on East Washington Street. In talking with the boys, the officer learned that as their families were poor they feared that they would not receive any gifts on Christmas Day. The distraught boys were searching for toys and other items for themselves and for their siblings for Christmas.

When The Salvation Army learned of the situation, the police officer was informed that The Salvation Army would be pleased to help the families with gifts for their children along with food for their Christmas meal. As the names of the families and contact information were confidential and could not be provided to The Salvation Army, the police officer kindly agreed to communicate to both families the offer of assistance and The Salvation Army’s telephone number. Though the Christmas application period concluded months before, The Salvation Army wanted to help the two families with their needs.

With the officer’s encouragement, one of the families called for assistance. As for the other family, possibly unknown to their son, the family was already registered to receive assistance. The Salvation Army was pleased to meet with the parents of the family that called, complete an application, and then have the parents come to the Rockingham County Fairgrounds on distribution day to receive gifts for their children and food for their Christmas table.

Annually on behalf of a generous community, The Salvation Army is pleased to assist 700 to 850 Harrisonburg/Rockingham low-income families to have a joyous Christmas.

His Impact Lasts Well Beyond His Life

On December 8th, 1986 Broadway-Timberville Ruritan Richard Funkhouser hung a red kettle and rang the first bell for The Salvation Army at Whitmore’s Grocery Store in downtown Broadway. According to the records he collected $4.86.

Richard persevered. He marshaled the Broadway-Timberville Ruritans to adopt and organize the kettle each holiday season in the Broadway-Timberville area. That tradition continues today with the Ruritans organizing and coordinating the kettle each November and December at the Timberville Food Lion.

Over the years Richard remained committed and deeply involved until declining health called for him to pass the standard he proudly held high all those years to others in the Broadway-Timberville Ruritan Club. Though Richard passed away in August 2014, his legacy and work continues to have lasting impact.

Over the last 30 years, “Richard’s belling ringing total” has grown well beyond $4.86. During the 2014 holiday season alone, the Broadway-Timberville kettle raised $8,992. Coming into the 2015 holiday season, to date Richard’s kettle has raised just over $210,000.

The impact of Richard hanging that December day in 1986 continues to grow each July and holiday season. Thanks to the generosity of Broadway-Timberville community, the legacy of one man with a big heart continues to make a difference each year in the lives of hundreds of needy families.

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.

Critical Need for Kettle Volunteers

With a kettle goal of $170,000 the Harrisonburg Salvation Army’s 2016 signature Red Kettle effort is now approaching a critical period what will determine the effort’s success. The Harrisonburg Corps’ kettle program is one of the few programs of its size in the nation that is fully staffed by volunteers. While most programs across the nation have a good per cent of their hours filled by volunteers, few programs have every hour over a seven week period filled by volunteers as does the local unit.

At the peak of the season The Salvation Army in Harrisonburg needs to have 815 volunteer hours covered each week over 18 locations. Over the seven week period the Harrisonburg Corps has over 4,800 hours needed to be staffed for volunteers. The Harrisonburg/Rockingham community that generously donates to the kettles, but without volunteers to staff the kettles, the depth of the community’s generosity cannot be realized.

With over 350 hours left to be filled by Christmas Eve, volunteers are badly needed by the Harrisonburg Salvation Army.

“Having 4,800 kettle hours graciously provided by our volunteers is amazing, particularly for a community of this size. The number of volunteers each doing a little speaks will for our community, its nature and quality. Our community has a deep love for their neighbors, particularly those who are going through great difficulties. They want to help and turn to our organization to be one of those vehicles of assistance. The Salvation Army cannot do what we do without a successful kettle season and our bell ringers,” observes Major Hank Harwell the Corps Officer of the Harrisonburg Salvation Army.

Those who volunteer span the spectrum of the community, from younger children standing at the kettle with their parents, to high school and college students, to senior citizens. “It warms my heart to see who is volunteering. We are grateful to each person, to each family, sports team, club, church and business who staffs our kettle,” says Major Harwell. “Each doing what they can combines to bring forth wonderful results. We are indebted to our volunteers for all that they are doing.”

Volunteers, both individuals and groups, willing to help are needed throughout the season. Currently The Salvation Army still has to fill over 1,950 hours over the remainder of the 2016 kettle season. Volunteers can volunteer by calling Dale at 434-4854, or by going to redkettlevolunteer.org.