A Father-Son Kettle Competition

This coming Black Friday, November 27 2015, a father and son are competing at Burgess Road Walmart to see which of them can raise the most in their kettle that day. The father and son are both taking a door for the whole day, starting at the same time and finishing at the same time with occasional relief from family and friends.

Brent Berry issued a challenge to his father Bucky. Not one to back away from a challenge from his son Bucky accepted the challenge. Ahead of Black Friday the father and son have been talking about the challenge to all their friends and associates encouraging them to come past the Burgess Road Walmart on Black Friday and support the kettle of their choice.

All funds raised in the kettles will be used to support over the coming months the Harrisonburg Salvation Army’s 62-bed homeless shelter and its food pantry program that provides groceries to 270 to 310 hungry families each month.

Who will win? Results to be announced on our web page on December 4th.

His Impact Lasts 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 29 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 $197,907.33.

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.

James Madison University Students Stepping Up to Fight Hunger

The students of James Madison University and the Brent Berry Food Drive are partnering together to fight hunder in Harrisonburg. JMU students are collecting food for the Harrisonburg Salvation Army’s food pantry. Non-perishable food is being collected at Zane Showker Hall through to Thursday November 19th, 2915.

Food items being collected include macaroni & cheese, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, canned beef, pork and tuna, canned vegetables, evaporated milk, fruit juices, powered milk, canned fruit, jelly and jam, cereals and oatmeal.

Various household nonfood items are also welcome, including toilet paper, laundry and dish detergent, diapers, toothpaste and feminine hygiene items.

“The Salvation Army is excited to have the Brent Berry Food Drive and the JMU students to partner together to feed the hungry in our own community. It is wonderful to see our college students being sensitive to the needs of others,” says Major Hank Harwell of The Salvation Army. “In The Salvation Army in Virginia and even beyond, the generosity of the students and how they assist us to help others is becoming well known.”

Because of the gracious support of JMU students, faculty and staff, as well as from families across the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County community. Last year The Salvation Army provides 3,976 food baskets to local families, that averaged out to be one food basket being provided to a local hungry family every 2.2 hours throughout the year.

The students of JMU, the Brent Berry Food Drive are impacting hunger in their community.

Volunteer Bell Ringers Give Four and Half Thousand Hours Each Year

With a kettle goal of $170,000 the Harrisonburg Salvation Army’s 2015 red kettle effort is well underway. 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 with over 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 794 volunteer hours covered each week over 16 locations. Between the Thursday of the first full week November and December Eve, 4,600 hours of volunteering are typically given by people from the community.

“Having 4,600 kettle hours graciously provided by volunteers in a community of this size is amazing. It speaks volumes about our community, its nature and quality. This community has a deep love and concern for their neighbors, particularly those who are going through great difficulties. We 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 1,850 hours over the remainder of the 2015 kettle season. Volunteers can volunteer by calling Dave or Dale at 434-4854, or by going to redkettlevolunteer.org.

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 2014, volunteers provided 12,661 hours of volunteer service. That number of hours equals more than 6 full-time positions and all those hours 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.

5 Additional 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 five more reasons:

1. The Salvation Army provides household items to those in need. In 2014, 681 household items were given free of charge to local families.

2. The Salvation Army’s shelter is a Suitcase Clinic site enabling the homeless to receive medical screenings and referrals.

3. When The Salvation Army responds to a disaster, it couples practical support with it spiritual support to victims and first responders who seek such comfort and a listening ear.

4. The Salvation Army is a place where volunteers can hone and enhance their professional skills by assisting with skill related projects which enable volunteers to further build their resumes.

5. The Salvation Army has a diverse array of opportunities for people to donate bequests, allowing donors to continue impacting lives long after the donor has passed away.

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.

Did You Know?

Did you know:
• In a typical year that 1,500 to 1,600 Harrisonburg/Rockingham County children receive toys and clothing at Christmas through The Salvation Army.
• The Salvation Army has a 62-bed homeless shelter that operates each day of year accommodating single men, single women and families.
• In a typical year 17,800 to 20,800 nights of lodgings are provided to people who are homeless.
• Thanks to Classic Cleaners The Salvation Army was able to distribute over 377 winter coats to children and their parents in December.
• The Harrisonburg/Rockingham Salvation Army again this year anticipates distributing Thanksgiving baskets to over 2,000 people.
• Thanks to the volume of donated non-perishable food items, for $29 The Salvation Army is able to feed a family of five for three to four days.

5 Additional 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 five more reasons:

1. The Salvation Army is focused upon helping in practical ways those caught in poverty.

2. The Salvation Army will pick-up donated furniture and household items.

3. The Harrisonburg Salvation Army has a local disaster vehicle and teams that respond as needed to regional and national disasters.

4. The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter is a place where local churches can serve the homeless.

5. The Salvation Army is an organization that takes a non-judgmental approach in assisting people.

The Salvation Army and Indiana University Launch Human Needs Index

ALEXANDRIA, Va., and INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 7, 2015) – A new, multidimensional measure of human needs based on objective data from a nonprofit on the front lines of providing social services was announced today by The Salvation Army and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. With more than 45 million
Americans living in poverty, according to government measures, the Human Needs Index
(HNI) will serve as a powerful tool to track basic human need, with different indicators and
less lag time than conventional government data.

“Poverty is among the most complex issues facing society. The Human Needs Index reflects
that complexity by providing a better understanding of the multiple facets of need confronting
poor individuals and families,” said Dr. Amir Pasic, Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school.
“Its sensitivity to changes in need based on actual service provider data offers insights into
trends and patterns that can help inform decision-making and the broader societal discussion
about alleviating poverty.”

A standardized index, the HNI includes seven types of services representing basic human
needs: meals provided, groceries, clothing, housing, furniture, medical assistance and help with
energy bills. They were selected from more than 230 service variables consistently tracked
across time and regions by The Salvation Army. The HNI aggregates these seven indicators at
national and state levels, at monthly intervals since 2004.

Until now, poverty generally has been tracked in three primary ways. First, the official U.S.
poverty rate is published by the Census Bureau every September; it reports on the previous
year and draws on income figures as reported to the government. Second, the official U.S.
unemployment rate is published each month by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor
Statistics and covers the previous month; its relation to the state of need is indirect, as it does
not capture those who may be employed but still in need – the working poor. Third, the
federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reports usage each month, with a threemonth
lag, but addresses just one aspect of basic human needs.

The HNI is a powerful complementary tool to these government measures because it draws
on private, nonprofit data and focuses on the self-identified need for basic human services. It
provides timely information such as monthly changes in those needs and reports on them
quarterly, delivering immediacy and accessibility that other measurements lack.

“With more than 130 years of serving millions of people in the United States, The Salvation
Army has a treasure trove of data about the most basic human needs,” said David Jeffrey,
National Commander of The Salvation Army USA. “It is time to put all that data to use. We
hope the HNI becomes an important tool for policy leaders, researchers and other social
service providers to help our country become increasingly responsive to the needs of the poor.”

The HNI provides both national and state metrics, revealing variances in need at the state
level that may be due to factors such as seasonal differences, historical regional discrepancies or
the effects of major disasters. For instance, researchers noticed a spike in requests for
assistance with energy bills in April. That is because in many communities, it is illegal to shut
off electricity during the winter months, so overdue energy bills come due in April. The data
also show that natural disasters have an impact on needs in neighboring communities in
addition to communities that are directly affected.

“Since the Great Recession, there is growing attention to poverty and vulnerability in the
United States, which is still at high levels in some areas,” said Una Osili, director of research
for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “The Salvation Army has a presence in
communities across the country, urban and rural, and has historically collected very timely
information on the provision of housing, food and many other aspects of human need,
allowing the HNI to draw on data that has not previously been available.”

For more information about the Human Needs Index and its methodology, or to download
the full report, please visit HumanNeedsIndex.org.

About the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is dedicated to improving
philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to
be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change. The school offers a
comprehensive approach to philanthropy through its academic, research and international
programs and through The Fund Raising School, the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and
the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Follow us on Twitter @IUPhilanthropy and “Like” us
on Facebook. For more information, go to philanthropy.iupui.edu.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His
name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. About 30 million
Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social
services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to
the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged
children. 82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army is used to support those
services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org
or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

For The Salvation Army
Kurt Watkins

For Indiana University
Adriene Davis Kalugyer