Refusing to Retire Quietly – Tony’s Decade of Volunteering with The Salvation Army

Thursday, April 22, 2010

In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, today we’re highlighting Salvation Army volunteer Tony Ebersole. He went to check out opportunities at his local Salvation Army in Syracuse, New York and liked it so much that he stayed 10 years!

After retiring, Tony decided he wasn’t ready to just sit at home and wanted to stay active through volunteering. One of Tony’s fellow Rotary Club members, who was a Salvation Army Advisory Board member, suggested he take a tour of The Salvation Army.

Shortly after, Tony began volunteering with the Syracuse Emergency Food Pantry in November of 1999. He not only contributed his efforts, but even identified and implemented ways to make services more efficient and effective. The Syracuse Salvation Army says that since then, “Tony has played an integral role in the Emergency Practical Assistance Department, really serving in a management capacity. Tony oversees and manages the food pantry including ordering, budgeting and volunteer training.”

In 2005 The Salvation Army presented Tony with the ‘Can Do’ award for his outstanding leadership and generously donated time. They even surprised him in November with a party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first day he joined as a volunteer!

Tony’s spent more than a decade celebrating National Volunteer Week! We think it’s amazing how he has made serving his community a regular part of his life and are thankful for the many years of support he has lended The Salvation Army and those we serve.

For more information about The Salvation Army in Syracuse, NY, visit their website at www.sasyr.org.
In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, today we’re highlighting Salvation Army volunteer Tony Ebersole. He went to check out opportunities at his local Salvation Army in Syracuse, New York and liked it so much that he stayed 10 years!

After retiring, Tony decided he wasn’t ready to just sit at home and wanted to stay active through volunteering. One of Tony’s fellow Rotary Club members, who was a Salvation Army Advisory Board member, suggested he take a tour of The Salvation Army.

Shortly after, Tony began volunteering with the Syracuse Emergency Food Pantry in November of 1999. He not only contributed his efforts, but even identified and implemented ways to make services more efficient and effective. The Syracuse Salvation Army says that since then, “Tony has played an integral role in the Emergency Practical Assistance Department, really serving in a management capacity. Tony oversees and manages the food pantry including ordering, budgeting and volunteer training.”

In 2005 The Salvation Army presented Tony with the ‘Can Do’ award for his outstanding leadership and generously donated time. They even surprised him in November with a party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the first day he joined as a volunteer!

Tony’s spent more than a decade celebrating National Volunteer Week! We think it’s amazing how he has made serving his community a regular part of his life and are thankful for the many years of support he has lended The Salvation Army and those we serve.

For more information about The Salvation Army in Syracuse, NY, visit their website at www.sasyr.org.

Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

As we recognize Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, we want to share with you a few ways The Salvation Army strives to be responsible stewards of our environment and…

Honor Society Helps Provide Beds and Bread Across Detroit and Minneapolis

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Last week the popular rock band Honor Society hit the midwest during their national Here Comes Trouble tour, stopping in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Michigan’s Detroit area. As a part of their partnership with The Salvation Army, band members Michael, Jason, Andrew, and Alex have been involved with local Salvation Army programs throughout many of their tour stops.

Check out this great clip of the guys sent us of their time before their concert preparing beds at Salvation Army Minneapolis’ Harbor Light Center for the 400-500 homeless individuals who seek shelter there every night (get more info and photos at our original blog post here):

And here is another video Honor Society filmed of their experience delivering meals on the streets of Detroit as a part of The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Program that serves nearly 5,000 hungry individuals ever day (find more information and photos at our original blog post here):

Beauticians Use Skills to Serve Community; In Need of More Volunteers

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

You probably know The Salvation Army is behind the seemingly ubiquitous Christmas Red Kettles and holiday bell ringers, and more than likely you’ve passed by or even visited one of our Family Thrift Stores. But did you know that in addition to these initiatives, The Salvation Army has many more national programs serving those in need, as well as unique programs specific to local communities? One such example is a Salvation Army beauty shop in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Yes, I said beauty shop. Surprised? So was I!

In 1995 a Battle Creek community member came to the local Salvation Army with the suggestion of assisting job seekers and those entering the job market by helping make them presentable for the process. Thus, The Salvation Army Beauty Shop was born, offering free haircuts and shampoos to clients such as homeless, low income, and job seeking individuals who otherwise may not be able to afford these services.

The program has for several years run on the efforts of three amazing volunteers: retired beauticians Shirley Hoeksema and Barb Herr who have offered their salon skills for the past 14 years, and Judy Wessmer who joined the team in 2007. Together, these three women have devoted more than 5,000 hours of their time to the community through their work at the salon.

Words can’t express how thankful we are for their selfless commitment! They have no doubt made an invaluable impact in the lives of many and show how integral volunteers are to the betterment of our communities.

But, the Battle Creek Salvation Army Beauty Shop needs more help to serve their many clients as some difficulties have put significant strains on these ladies.

Find out more about the situation and how you can help by reading an article written by Marcie Gothard of The Battle Creek Salvation Army: Battle Creek Enquirer: Salvation Army Seeking Volunteers with Hair Salon Experience.

To become involved, contact Marcie Gothard at 269-963-3640 ext. 17 or at marcie_gothard@salvationarmy.org.

You can also find more information at The Battle Creek Salvation Army’s website at http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/battlecreek.