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Salvation Army’s ‘Empty Bowls’ feed the hungry

empty bowlsSometimes it’s easy to forget, so some people tie a string around their fingers to remind them of something they are supposed to do or somewhere they are supposed to go.

If Kim May, director of the Pike County Salvation Army Service Center, could tie a string around 32,000 fingers to remind people of the Salvation Army’s Empty Bowls Luncheon on April 17 she would.

The annual Empty Bowls Luncheon is the Salvation Army’s second largest fundraiser behind the Red Kettle Campaign.

“The Empty Bowls Luncheon is an important fundraiser because the funds raised benefit our food bank,” May said. “Every day, we serve those who are in need of food for different reasons. Many of our requests for food come from elderly people who are living on fixed incomes. They often have to choose between buying food and having their prescriptions filled or refilled. They usually choose their medicines.”

May said when the weather is unusually cold or hot and utility bills skyrocket, requests for food increases.

“There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t have requests for assistance with food,’ she said. “We always need money to purchase items that are not readily donated, especially proteins and dry milk.”

May said the Empty Bowls Luncheon, not only supports the Salvation Army Food Bank; it’s also an art project and a social gathering.

“The funds from the Empty Bowls Luncheon feed the hungry in our community,” May said. “The luncheon is a gathering place for the community and there’s a wide selection of homemade soups, chilies and stews. Retired chef Ron Case always makes his famous Tortellini soup and Donna McLaney makes her award-winning chili. Local restaurants bring their specialty soups. You won’t find a better or wider selection of ‘bowl meals’ anywhere.”

Tickets for the Empty Bowls Luncheon are $20 and each ticket holder gets to take home a handmade bowl from a selection of about 150.

“This year, we’ll have bowls made by Larry Percy’s ceramics classes at Troy University and art students at Pike County High School and Pike Liberal Arts School,” May said. “The Global Studies class made bowls also.”

Leadership Pike participants and employees at First National Bank and Army Aviation made bowls for the Empty Bowls Luncheon.

“We have some beautiful bowls and some very unique bowls. They are all one of a kind,” May said. “The earlier you come to the luncheon, the greater your choice of bowls. So, we encourage everyone to come early and select a bowl and then enjoy a soup lunch and the fellowship of friends.”

The Empty Bowls Luncheon will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Bush Memorial Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Bush Memorial is located on George Wallace Drive in Troy.

 

By: Jaine Treadwell

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Fundraiser Embraces NFL Great

NFL great and best-selling author Tony Dungy will serve as the keynote speaker at the 22nd Salvation Army William Booth Society Dinner, May 19 at the Cox Business Center.

In 13 seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dungy amassed a 148-79 overall record and reached the postseason an unprecedented 10 consecutive times. He became the first African-American coach to lead his team to a championship when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. As a player, Dungy won his first Super Bowl ring as a member of the 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers; he is one of only three individuals to have won the Super Bowl as both a player and a head coach. Since retirement from coaching, Dungy has served as an analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America and was nominated for an Emmy award in his very first season as a television commentator.

On and off the field, Dungy is known for his leadership style emphasizing decency and respect and his priorities of faith and family. A committed Christian, Dungy is passionate about causes that include Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Prison Crusade Ministry, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Christian Athletes.

The William Booth Society Dinner, named for The Salvation Army’s founder, is the largest source of funding for outreach programs that include the Center of Hope homeless shelter, Christmas assistance, and the Boys & Girls Clubs. The theme of the May 19 dinner is “A Day in the Life of …” and will highlight the positive, life-changing difference The Salvation Army’s programs have made for so many in our community.

“We look forward to hosting Mr. Dungy as we come together to help those who desperately need our help,” says John Hewitt, event co-chair with his wife, Dede Hewitt. “The need is great, but as demonstrated by Mr. Dungy and our generous sponsors, through decency and respect for each other and a generous, giving heart, we can and do make a lasting difference.”

Past speakers for the dinner include: Paul Harvey, President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, Walter Cronkite, Jay Leno, Tim Russert, Steve Forbes, President Bill Clinton, Peyton Manning, and Bob Costas.

Committee members for the 2015 event include: Allison and Trey Biggs, Kerri and John Bowen, Sheila Buck, Charlotte and Wade Edmundson, Hannah and Trent Ekblad, Marallie and David Littlefield, Adrienne and Rusty McMurray, Ruth Libertus and Jeff Sanders, Susie and Jeff Stava, and Marci and Jason Turner.

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Jeanne Salerno receives Mesquite Salvation Army’s Volunteer of the Year award

On Thursday, March 19, at the Salvation Army’s annual volunteer appreciation dinner, Salerno was introduced as the first annual Volunteer of the Year. Salerno received a lovely bouquet and a plaque along with a standing ovation from the over 100 attendees at the dinner, most of whom have been touched by her in one way or another according to her son and long-time Exchange Club volunteer Paul Benedict.

Salerno’s name will forever be the first on a new plaque that is slated to hang in the Mesquite Family Services Center which will honor her and the future Volunteers of the Year.

Salerno is 88 years old and Benedict says she still volunteers as much time as she is able at the Mesquite Family Services Center where she greets clients and visitors, answers phones, files (she says she loves filing) and contacts the recipients of the Senior Food Program to remind them to come and pick up their food.

Benedict said, “Although her vision is compromised and her mobility is limited, her heart is strong and loving, and she has friends all over Mesquite”.

This is the second time Salerno has received the honor of Volunteer of the Year. She first received the honor in the late 90’s when she was a volunteer for an organization in upstate New York called PEACE.

Peace volunteers help people realize their potential for becoming self-reliant and self-sufficient. According to their website “PEACE, Inc. is Onondaga County’s federally designated Community Action Agency. As part of the national network of Community Action Agencies, PEACE, Inc. seeks to help people become more self-sufficient by strengthening families, improving the conditions in which people live, encouraging people to own a stake in their own community, and developing partnerships with other organizations, businesses, and individuals to support these efforts.”

Salerno not only practices what she preaches, she taught her children to give back to the community as well. Salerno’s son Paul and daughter-in-law Barb Benedict volunteer many hours for the veterans and for the Exchange Club. Paul has been a long time member of the Virgin Valley Theatre Group and has performed in many shows here in the Mesquite. The whole family is dedicated to enriching the lives of others.

Salerno lives a quiet life in the company of a very large, very spoiled black cat named Onyx. She has many friends and neighbors who think the world of her and she never has a negative word for anybody. Always willing to give a smile and lend a hand, Salerno says she can’t volunteer as much as she used to but if she couldn’t volunteer at all it would drive her crazy. Some of the people who’s lives Salerno touches on a weekly basis say, “she’s got no worries there, as much as she does for everyone, she’ll be sane forever”.

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Boys and Girls Club kicks off Adopt-A-Child campaign

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LAWTON, Okla._The Salvation Army’s 5th annual Adopt-A-Child campaign is underway, and local officials have their sights set on beating last year’s goal of $38,000.

By adopting or sponsoring a child at the Lawton Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army Lieutenant Israel Roseno says you help ensure their education, safety and success in life.

“The higher risk hours for kids are after school all the way until their parents get home, which is 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and that’s the time where we, the Salvation Army, step in and they receive quality education, activities, nutrition, access to our computer lab, we provide a safe environment where otherwise they would be at home unsupervised, which could escalate to problems, gang related, drug, pornography, poor nutrition, you name it the list goes on and on,” said Lt. Roseno.

Roseno says it costs the Salvation about $300 to sponsor a child. He says every dollar counts, and that for every one dollar donated, $0.84 goes directly toward their mission.

The Lawton Fort Sill Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club averages between 65 and 70 children each day. The extra money raised in this campaign will help provide those children with extra nutrition, after school programs, sports, character building programs and transportation to get them to the Salvation Army.

If you would like to make a donation, you can make a credit card payment over the phone by calling 580-355-1802.

Original Article: http://www.kswo.com/

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Relief for those struggling with high energy bills

FITCHBURG — With the combination of high energy costs and a cold winter, utility bills are especially painful this year, and organizers behind an annual private charitable fund are hoping local people will dig deep to help their neighbors.

For the past 30 years, Massachusetts utility companies have teamed up with the Salvation Army to create the Good Neighbor Energy Fund, which provides money for utility bill help for families who make too much money to qualify for state or federal energy-assistance funds.

“If someone is not eligible for fuel assistance, they would most likely be eligible for the Good Neighbor Energy Fund,” said Major Mark Hager of the Salvation Army’s Montachusett Corps Community Center in Fitchburg.

Hager said to his knowledge, the overwhelming source of funding is private donations from Massachusetts residents. The campaign’s fundraising goal is $550,000 this year, and he said participating families can expect to receive $275 this year. Energy and utility companies do contribute, however. On Thursday, the energy company TransCanada donated $15,000 to the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund.

To be eligible to receive the fund, a household’s gross income must fall between 60 and 80 percent of the Massachusetts median income level. For example, a household of two people would have to have a total yearly income between $42,654 and $56,872 to qualify.

“The fund has experienced an increase in the number of inquiries by those families in need of energy assistance,” said Unitil’s Sue Corson, with customer-assistance programs, in a press release. “The reasons for more requests is the recent extreme weather and electric supply rates that are higher than last year for much of New England.”

Customers who receive bills through the mail are receiving green donation envelopes this month alongside their bills. Donations can also be made at magoodneighbor.org, by calling 1-800-725-2769 or by sending checks made out to “Good Neighbor Energy Fund,” c/o The Salvation Army to 25 Shawmut Road, Canton, MA 02021-1408.

To apply for assistance through the program, call 1-800-334-3047.

 

original article: sentinelandenterprise.com

This Valentine’s Day, Do Some Good

Posted by Jackie on Friday, February 13, 2015  Photo: Craig Dirkes, The Salvation Army Northern Division (http://salvationarmynorth.org/)Photo: Craig Dirkes, The Salvation Army Northern Division (http://salvationarmynorth.org/)Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and while these while there are endless ways to show your affection to that someone special with gifts and chocolates- maybe this year make give a gift that not only shows how much you care, but that also gives back to those in need. Whether you are attached or single, make it a day to remember by making an impact in your community. To help you get a start on your Valentine’s Day planning, here are a few ideas on how you can spread the love: Volunteer: Volunteers are crucial to organizations like The Salvation Army. And we are always looking for helping hands and giving hearts. Please contact your local Salvation Army unit to find out how you can offer your time. For a list of other projects in your community, visit www.Serve.gov or type in your zip code at www.volunteermatch.org. Donate Food: Got plans to cook a romantic meal? This year while you’re at store, grab a few extra canned goods or other nonperishables and donate to your local food bank. Maybe volunteer at a food bank with your loved one, help to package meals together, or help host a party for single moms and their kids or do a charity run. Visit a Senior Citizen: Be a sweetheart this year and visit a senior citizen at your local nursing home. Brighten their day with a care package, flowers, a hot meal, or plan an enjoyable activity. Decluttler that closet: Did you know that you’re donated goods fund our Adult Rehabilitation Centers, which helps save the lives of approximately 200,000 individuals each year? Get a jump start on spring by decluttering gently used items from your home. You can schedule a pickup or find a drop-off location by visiting www.satruck.org. Donate in the name of love: The average American will spend $142.31 celebrating Valentine’s Day this year. Consider skipping those fancy reservations and show someone how much you care by making a donation to your charity of choice in their honor. Now that is love! Learn more about The Salvation Army here.Category: Doing The Most Good · Tags: Donate, The Salvation Army, Valentines Day, Volunteer

Bill Burke is our Next National Advisory Board Chairperson

Posted by Jackie on Friday, January 30, 2015  09862_8930a[1] The Salvation Army is proud to announce that Mr. William J. Burke, Senior Vice President of Marketing with Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, will serve as National Advisory Board (NAB) Chairman for The Salvation Army. Bill Burke will serve a three-year term beginning in January 2015, following the term ending of chairman Charlotte Jones Anderson. He will lead the efforts of the board for the nation’s largest faith- based social agency. “I am honored to be affirmed by my fellow board members to lead the NAB for the next three years,” said Mr. Burke. “Ever since my first experience as a volunteer many years ago, I have consistently witnessed the compassion and effectiveness of The Salvation Army, and I will bring that hands-on experience from Central Ohio to the National board.” Mr. Burke is no stranger to The Salvation Army. He joined the area advisory board in Columbus, Ohio in 1996 and took an active role in volunteering in the Heart- to-Heart program, preparing and providing meals on weekend evenings to the homeless in shelters on the streets. Bill was involved with a leadership team that created the primary annual fundraising event for The Salvation Army in Central Ohio, Need Knows No Season”. He has been actively involved with the Community Relations committee, and has been Vice- Chair and an executive committee member of the Columbus Advisory Board. Both he and his are active holiday bell ringers in their local community and are engaged in the annual Christmas Cheer program. They are working with newly assigned officers to help grow in the influence and impact of the Delaware, Ohio Corps. Mr. Burke joined the National Advisory Board in 2010 and has served on both the Community Relations and Finance and Institutional Development committees, the latter of which he most recently chaired. “Bill has been an enthusiastic supporter of The Salvation Army’s mission for many years in Ohio and nationally,” said Commissioner Jeffrey. “This year marks our organization’s 150th anniversary, and it is an auspicious time for Bill to take on this new role and bring his leadership to bear as the Army looks ahead to the future.” The Salvation Army is confident that Mr. Burke’s support and experience with our organization, strong background, and excellent vision will help make him an excellent leader for our National Advisory Board! Read our official press release here.Category: Uncategorized · Tags: Bill Burke, national advisory board, The Salvation Army
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The Pope says Salvationists and Catholics meet at peripheries of society

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History was made with the first private audience in the Vatican with Pope Francis and the General of The Salvation Army. General André Cox met the Pontiff who said that theological differences do not impede the witness of a shared love of God and neighbor. He also spoke of his first encounter, as a 4 year old, with Salvation Army Officers which, he said, stirred in him a sense of ecumenical outreach beyond the teachings of the Catholic Church in that era.

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Dillard’s Stores and The Salvation Army Drive to Do Good

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It’s no secret that it has become unseasonably cold for many parts of The United States. And with the temperatures continuing to drop, it’s time to bundle up.

This year, as you transition to your warmer wardrobe, consider freeing up some space in those cluttered closets and drawers by donating any jackets and coats you no longer wear to help support families who cannot afford proper winter attire.
Thanks to the generosity of Dillard’s Department Stores, The Salvation Army is helping to fill this need. This Saturday, November 22, select Dillard’s locations will host a one-day coat drive benefiting The Salvation Amy- and they need your help.

Visit one of the 86 participating stores this weekend and bring in any gently used coats and receive a token of appreciation from Dillard’s.
Just by clearing out your closet, you can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

If there is not a Dillard’s in your area, you can always donate gently used or new coats to your local Salvation Army Family Store. Just visit www.satruck.org and find the closet location near you.
A special thank you to Dillard’s for their generosity and support of The Salvation Army’s mission to Do The Most Good!
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Salvation Army begins Red Kettle campaign

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. —Volunteers, Bentonville city leaders and the Salvation Army will gather at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Harp’s Grocery Store in Bentonville to kick off the Red Kettle campaign.

The campaign will start the donation and fundraising season for the Salvation Army which receives most of its yearly budget during the months of November and December.

Most of the budget helps create a Christmas to remember for more than 2,000 less-fortunate children in Northwest Arkansas.

Donations will also help its programs that help the less-fortunate, those dealing with drug and alcohol problems and its shelters in Fayetteville and Bentonville.

In addition to donations, the Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers.

People can volunteer their time online or sponsor a kettle by going to the website redkettlevolunteer.org