Investing In Our Youth Is an Investment in Our Future

The Harrisonburg Salvation Army is thanks everyone who purchased back to school supplies to help us to provide low-income children with basic school supplies and backpacks, or volunteered with Stuff the Bus. Investing in our youth is an investment in our nation’s and community’s future.

Nelson Mandela rightly reminded us, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Just because a child comes from a low-income home does not preclude them from having the ability to impact our community, state, nation and world. Supporting them today is an investment in our future.

Stuff the Bus took place from August 7-9. The Harrisonburg Salvation Army wishes to thank our partners which include our local Walmarts, the United Way’s throughout our area of the Shenandoah Valley, WHSV-TV3, VerStandig Broadcasting (Q101, 105.1Bob, WSVA) as well as all who bought and collected back to school supplies.

Together we are investing in thousands of children across a four county. We are investing in our future citizens, our future co-workers as well as our future civic and business leaders.

Investing in the future of our youth has been part of the Salvation Army’s ministry from the very beginning in 1865. In the first years the fight was against childhood prostitution, and against child labor…the employment of 8 to 12 year olds in factories and mines. Back in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries The Salvation Army invested in teaching children from impoverished homes to read as well as about basic hygiene and responsible citizenship. While some of the work continues today, much of the Harrisonburg Salvation Army’s work with at-risky youth focuses upon citizenship, personal growth, helping them to related and communicate positively with each other, and encouraging them to push on when they encounter setbacks and wish to give up, and for some, teaching them to play a musical instrument.

The Salvation Army of Harrisonburg is part of international movement that seeks to uplift those in need, giving them hope and the love of God. Did you know that The Salvation Army is in 126 countries around the world. Across a host of developing countries The Salvation Army is responsible for 2,769 schools. Investing in our youth remains at the core of our services.

Helping 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.

Food Pantry Shelves Becoming Depleted

Thanks to various churches, and other food collections The Salvation Army’s food pantry has been able to provide food throughout the summer to local hungry families. The generosity and compasion of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham community is unmatched.

Major Harwell, the Corps Officer of the Harrisonburg Corps, has noted that as the end of August approaches the shelves of The Salvation Army’s food pantry are depleted and may be exhausted by mid September.

Over the summer over 255 families each month turned to The Salvation Army for food assistance. The economic recovery has yet to reach the most vulnerable Harrisonburg/Rockingham families, particularly those working in low waged positions. Many have experienced no wage increases while the increasing cost of housing, utilities and food consume more and more of their net income.

With the proceeds from the winter and spring food drives nearly exhausted, The Salvation Army has launched a Family Food Drive to help fill the shelves. The organization is seeking help from the community so it can continue to serve the hungry in our community over the summer months. Groups and individuals can support the Family Food Drive by conducting food drives in July within their congregations, work place, friends and neighborhood. Non-perishable food items as well as cash contributions are most welcomed.

“The community’s support enabled our food pantry to be there for those who are in the most need,” says Major Hank Harwell. “We are grateful for the support and are optimistically hopeful that the community will continue to help us in the coming weeks to narrow the gap between Labor Day and the major food drives that start in the middle of October.”

“I cannot imagine how a parent would feel knowing your children are going to bed hungry. On behalf of our community The Salvation Army is here for them. Also, we are here for our seniors who find their fixed income leaving their food budget short.”

During weekday business hours food items may drop off during at The Salvation Army at 185 Ashby Avenue in Harrisonburg.

Cash donations labeled “Family Food Drive” can be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 468, Harrisonburg, VA, 22803. A gift of $29 enables The Salvation Army to assist a family of five with groceries for three to four days. Gifts by credit card can be made to the local unit by calling The Salvation Army at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or through the “Donate” button at virginiasalvationarmy.org/harrisonburgva/.

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 ensures local low-income families are able to have a hot Christmas meal in their homes.

2. Your donation remains local to serve people in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County community.

3. The Harrisonburg Salvation Army is a faith-based organization serving all without an expectation that the recipient participate in a religious activity or worship.

4. The Salvation Army is a place where churches and families are able to expose their youth to issues of poverty and homelessness, and to use such exposure as the vehicle for teaching their children the value of volunteering and for being concerned for those in need.

5. The Salvation Army does not sell or rent their donors lists. Donor information and history is carefully maintained and kept confidential within the organization.

Did You Know?

• In 2014 The Salvation Army helped on average a different person every 39 minutes of each day of the year.
• The Salvation Army has a 62-bed homeless shelter that operates each day of year accommodating single men, single women and families.
• Each year MillerCoors employees collect and donate 190 to 220 coats to The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter.
• The Salvation Army recovers prepared food and perishable food from local restaurants and food stores for use at the shelter.
• Volunteers provide over 12,500 hours annually at The Salvation Army, equaling six full-time positions.
• Each year 30,000 to 36,000 hot meals are served at The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in Harrisonburg.
• Each summer the Harrisonburg Salvation Army sends local at-risk children to a residential camp where through crafts, recreation and skits they learn about the nature, the value of faith, and the importance of being a good citizen and friend.

Golf Challenge Benefits The Salvation Army’s Homeless Shelter

In four weeks, on Sunday September 13th the Keezletown United Methodist Church is hosting a par-3 golf challenge at the picturesque Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club. The proceeds will benefit the Harrisonburg Salvation Army’s homeless shelter.

It is not too late to get in 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 second 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.

The Salvation Army Responds to Fires in Washington and Idaho

August 19, 2015(SEATTLE) – The Salvation Army is assisting as the fast-moving fires sweep through Washington and Idaho.

The National Interagency Fire Center (www.nifc.gov) reported today that there are currently 18 wildfires impacting more than 270,000 acres in Washington, and none are contained yet. In Idaho, 15 fires have burned 378,000 acres, with one fire contained thus far.

The impact ranges from damaged to destroyed homes and businesses. Many families have [READ MORE]

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.

Helping the Homeless – 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.