Who Volunteers for 28 Straight Hours in Sub-Zero Temps?! This Amazing Guy.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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The temperature stood at a frigid 7 degrees when Lt. Rob Lawler of Helena, MT put down his bell at hour 28 of the World Record Bell Ringing…

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Planting Seeds of Opportunity in Billings, MT

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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What goes around comes around.

At least that’s the motto that Majors Kevin and Linda Jackson have been using since they began working at The Salvation Army in Billings, MT just under two years ago.

Upon beginning their service in Montana, the Jacksons found there was something lacking in the long-term outcomes of their social services. Were they meeting the big picture needs of their clientele by feeding them once in awhile? Were they truly helping to break the cycle of poverty?

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Move Over, Johnny Appleseed

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Remember the story we posted a few months ago about a Salvation Army Thrift Store’s new organic compost initiative? (Refresh your memory here.)

The popular, budding business is helping support another green initiative in Billings, Montana. With the help of more than a dozen volunteers, The Salvation Army is transforming a neighboring vacant lot into a mini orchard. The homeless men in charge of the Army’s compost project used their homemade fertilizer in the planting of 50 apple trees, and they plan to get a total of 300 in the ground!

The trees will go to support the local community’s children who will harvest the fruit for their families to eat, as well as make and sell apple products. The profits they earn will go into a college fund. What an incredible resource for the community!

This project is part of a larger Salvation Army initiative in Billings to create gardens throughout the city over the next few years, and we’re excited to see it unfold. Read more about The Salvation Army’s community apple orchard at the Billings Gazette.

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Things Get Dirty at a Salvation Army Thrift Store

Monday, March 21, 2011

Dirt? It’s not an item you’d expect to be for sale at a Salvation Army Thrift store.

But in Billings, Montana, that’s just what you’re going to find, and The Salvation Army promises it will be “top-of-line” quality.

To be more specific, workers are starting an organic Bokashi composting business and selling some of it to local home gardeners. The rest will go to community and school gardens the Army is helping establish.

The entrepreneurial idea is just in time for the approach of spring!

Plus, The Salvation Army composting business will support nine formerly homeless men who are working on the project. Salvation Army Major Kevin Jackson says their entrepreneurial skills have really shined since the start of the operation. In addition to expanding their business skills, the men are taking educational courses, adding up to great experience and knowledge that will make them competitive in the job market.

Get all the dirty details about The Salvation Army’s compost initiative here at the Billings Gazette.

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