The Quincy Salvation Army Thrift Store is Hiring

Objective: This position is expected to perform all functions of a thrift store worker.  This includes but is not limited to: Working with customers; lifting and carrying donated/ purchased items; sorting clothes; pricing items; preparing and placing items for display on the sales floor; operating a cash register and making change for purchased items. The majority of the work done in the position will be of the physical labor type.  Basic communications and math skills to make change are required. Position is expected to comply with and meet The Salvation Army, Federal, State and Local policies and standards.

Job Duties: This job description is not all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential duties of the position.  Other duties, responsibilities and tasks may be assigned at the discretion of management.

Interact with customers and other staff in a manner which promotes positive relationships.
Sort donated items.
Price donated items.
Place donated items on racks/shelves for display.
Assist in loading and unloading of the store’s truck, customers’ vehicles, and/or donors’ vehicles.
Perform clerk/cashier activities.
Perform store custodial duties as directed to include: wash windows, dust, clean bathroom, sweep/vacuum/mop floors, carry out trash, etc.  Each employee may be assigned to clean the break area.  It should also be understood that it is the job of all store workers to help keep the showroom clean and neat at all times when the store is open.
Maintain confidentiality and comply with Safe From Harm guidelines.
Maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that fosters good relationships with clients, co-workers and supervisors.  This includes, but is not limited to, such actions as: resolution of conflicts in a professional manner; courteous treatment of staff, visitors and clients; respect of others’ property and person; and professional and appropriate communication to and about clients, co-workers and supervisors.

Minimum Qualifications: The information listed below is representative of the minimal requirements for this position.

Education: High school/equivalent diploma.

Experience: One year related work experience or two years’ work experience without diploma.  Combination of education and work experience will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Read, write and communicate in English to be able to perform job requirements.
Position requires basic communications with customers and other employees
Must be a team player, a self-starter, and perform well with minimal supervision.
Ability to comprehend written (with verbal assistance if necessary) job description, cleaning instructions and material safety data sheet.
Must be able to operate a cash register, make correct change for items sold and be bondable.  Maintain a professional attitude and approach to problem solving.
Successfully complete Safe from Harm training as established by The Salvation Army
Must pass TSA MVR and background checks.

Physical and Work Environment Requirements: Must be capable of performing the above essential duties.  Capable of continuously lifting 5 pounds, frequently lifting 25 pounds, occasionally lifting up to 50 pounds and frequently moves 50 or more pounds using dolly/cart/truck.  Most work will be indoors.  The display room is a temperature-controlled environment; however, the sorting/back room/storage area will be cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Will occasionally be exposed to chemicals, fumes, dirt, odors, waste and dust.

40 hours per week: Normal work hours will be determined with supervisor (Normal schedule is Monday through Friday and routine Saturdays a month. Normally a day off will be arranged during the week when working Saturdays); however, occasional extended hours and other workdays may be required.

All employees recognize that The Salvation Army is a church and agree that they will do nothing as an employee of The Salvation Army to undermine its religious mission.

Realizing The Salvation Army is a member of the Christian church, employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and project a positive image consistent with the above mission statement.  This includes appearance as well as verbal communications and other behaviors.  It should be clearly understood that nothing less will be accepted.

The Quincy Salvation Army begins the holiday season with Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign Kick-Off

This years Christmas Campaign Chairs, the John & Dale Stevenson Family, announces the 2014 campaign goal.

This years Christmas Campaign Chairs, the John & Dale Stevenson Family, announces the 2014 campaign goal.

The Quincy Salvation Army began the Christmas season with our annual Tree of Lights Christmas kick-off event during a luncheon on Friday, November 14 at 12:00 Noon at the Emergency Shelter/Family Services facility at 501 Broadway. This year’s campaign chairs, the John & Dale Stevenson family, were officially introduced along with the announcement of the 2014 campaign goal, which is $393,000.

Each year community leaders step up to serve as honorary chairs of the Christmas campaign, further extending the outreach and effectiveness of the efforts of The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is pleased to announce The Stevenson Family, John Jr., Dale, Jack & Alec as our 2014 Christmas Campaign Chairs.
The Salvation Army provides a variety of programs and services to assist families in need in the greater Adams County area. Following are a few examples of ways The Salvation Army has given a hand up to our neighbors in need.

The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter & Family Services provided the following assistance during 2014:
- 9,722 individual instances of assistance were given.
- 465 individuals received 3,488 nights of lodging at the Emergency Shelter.
- 16,305 meals were provided to shelter residents.
- 1,389 individuals participated in life skills classes.
- 4,016 food boxes were provided to families through the food pantry

Also, during the 2013 Holiday Season…
- 1,200 families received Christmas Food Baskets.
- 1,705 children received toys for Christmas.
- 874 individuals were provided dinner on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Volunteers are an important part of the Christmas season and are needed to assist with many Christmas programs and activities, especially bell ringing. Please contact Alisa Elkins for more information about volunteer opportunities at (217) 231-5633.

The Salvation Army to Build New Thrift Store

NEW ThriftStoreGroundbreaking_webMembers of The Salvation Army Thrift Store Committee and city officials officially break-ground
on the new Salvation Army Family Thrift Store to be located at 425 Broadway in Quincy.

On Monday, September 29, 2014 The Salvation Army, with help from city officials, broke ground on the empty lot at 5th & Broadway. The ceremony was attended by Mayor Kyle Moore, as well as former and current Salvation Army Board Members & Managers, Major Andrew Miller, representatives from Architechnics and Maas Construction.

In 2013, The Salvation Army purchased property between 4th & 5th Streets on Broadway in preparation for construction of a new Thrift Store. The sale of the property closed on Friday, October 11, 2013 clearing the way for The Salvation Army to begin construction of the new facility, which is being designed by Architechnics, Inc. of Quincy.

Located directly across 5th Street from The Salvation Army John Gardner Stevenson Emergency Shelter & Family Services Center, the new approximately 25,000 square foot Thrift Store facility will feature the ability to accept donations through a covered drive-thru donation center, increased floor space, and a modern storefront design with parking on-site. Upon the opening of this new facility, in the summer of 2015, The Salvation Army Thrift Store at 812 Maine Street will close.

“Our intention is to move the operations of our existing store from Maine Street to the new location, and it is important for the public to understand why we are building this new store,” stated Area Commander, Major Andrew Miller. “Our Thrift Store directly supports the homeless population, who rely on our Emergency Shelter. In fact, our store may be the only thrift store in the area that uses its proceeds solely for the purpose of funding a shelter. Our existing Thrift Store operations simply must be updated so that we can fulfill this need. “

Major Miller further stated, “This Thrift Store project is very different from the other recent projects we have completed in Quincy including the Kroc Center and the Emergency Shelter & Family Services Center. Those projects were largely funded through major donations and fundraising campaigns before we broke ground. We will be taking out a mortgage in order to initiate this project. That is how strongly we believe in it.”
The construction of the new store will serve to further consolidate The Salvation Army’s operations in Quincy into one central campus with its epicenter at 5th & Broadway, improving efficiency and reducing costs.

The Thrift Store is an important component of The Salvation Army’s operations, since proceeds from sales help fund The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Quincy. It is part of the “hand up, not a hand out” process which ultimately supports shelter residents in the long run. It is hoped that the new store, with better access and more parking, will help provide much needed additional revenue for the Emergency Shelter. The shelter provides emergency housing for families and single men and women. It is the only shelter within more than 100 miles serving both singles and families. The Family Thrift Store provides vouchers to area schools for teachers and administrators to share with families in need. Last year, 4,903 items of clothing and furniture were provided to qualified individuals through The Salvation Army Family Services and Emergency Shelter.

Breaking Ground on the Future

Artist rendering of the planned Salvation Army Family Thrift Store to be located at 425 Broadway in Quincy, IL.


It Pays to Ring Bells!


The Salvation Army hires paid bell-ringers to ensure that all kettle locations in Quincy & Hannibal are manned.


The Salvation Army is hiring bell-ringers for both Quincy & Hannibal this Fall for the Christmas Campaign season to ensure all kettle locations are manned consistently throughout the Red Kettle Campaign.

“If the kettles aren’t manned, it represents a significant loss to our efforts. People simply will not give at those locations, and they might think we don’t care. From a fundraising perspective, it just makes sense to make sure that all the kettle locations are manned to the best of our ability,” said Patty Douglas, Development Director.

Applications for Quincy and Hannibal are now available. Pick one up at the Kroc Center Welcome Desk at 405 Vermont Street in Quincy.

The positions are considered part-time, temporary, and applicants must be available from the “First Day of Kettles” starting Friday, November 14 and lasting through December 24.

For more information about the Red Kettle Campaign, please contact Alisa Elkins at (217) 231-5633 or


Both of Our Thrift Stores Accept Donated Vehicles


The Salvation Army gladly accepts donated vehicles. Why park it, when you can donate it.

The Salvation Army gladly accepts donated vehicles. Why park it, when you can donate it.


Do you have an older model vehicle that still runs but is unneeded or unwanted? Both our Salvation Army Thrift Stores now accept vehicles as donations!

When you donate your car, boat, motorcycle, truck or RV to The Salvation Army, you’re helping us heal broken lives and assist individuals on the road to recovery. Your used vehicle will help change the road ahead for someone who’s lost direction. Proceeds from the sale of your donated automobile are used to help fund The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter and other family service programs in our area.

Please call (217) 224-5998 and we’ll pick up your car, boat, truck, motorcycle or RV at absolutely no charge and provide you with an IRS-approved receipt for your donation. Your tax deductible receipt will be provided at the time of pick-up and additional information will be mailed after your vehicle has been sold.

For more information contact:

Scott Andrews – Thrift Store Manager
Phone: (217) 224-5998
Hours: Monday-Saturday  9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.


2013 Christmas Food Baskets and Toy Town Distribution

Distribution Dates for Christmas Food Baskets and Toy Town in Quincy and Hannibal

In Quincy, distribution of Christmas food baskets and Toy Town distribution of toys will take place on Wednesday, December 18th, from 9:00am to 8:00pm and on Thursday, December 19th, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The location will be at the rear of the old Motorola building at 1400 N. 30th entering off of Locust Street (in the Quincy Development Center).

The Hannibal distribution will take place on Friday, December 20th from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Admiral Koontz Armory at 301 Warren Barrett Drive in Hannibal.

All distributions are by appointment-only, for families who have approved applications on file with The Salvation Army.

Toy donations are still needed through Sunday, December 15th, and can be dropped off in the bins at collection sites located in Quincy at the KHQA Studio, HyVee Stores on Harrison and Broadway, Dollar General at 6th & Maine, Family Dollar at 6th & Broadway, Quincy Medical Group, Farm & Home, Walmart, Y101/KICK-FM, or the Kroc Center. Hannibal collection sites are Walmart and the former White Star Laundry building.

Last Christmas, 16,050 toys were distributed to 1,705 children.

The Salvation Army 2014 Ring-A-Bell Run – Sat, Dec 6 @ 10:00AM

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for this fun, festive event the whole family can enjoy!

Proceeds from the Ring-A-Bell Run support The Salvation Army annual Christmas Campaign, which provides Christmas food baskets, toys for children, and the community Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. These funds also support year round services such as food pantry, rent and utility assistance and emergency shelter for those in crisis in our community.


Race Time: 10:00am

Route: The route starts behind the Quincy Mall, through and around Moorman and Upper Moorman Parks and back to the Quincy Mall.


Event Summary:
Ring A Bell Run/Walk 5K is a fun, festive event for the whole family. Put on your reindeer antlers and your running shoes and join us for some holiday cheer. We will provide the bells. Date: December 6, 2014 The chip timed 5K Run/Walk starts at 10:00am on the North side of Quincy Mall, 33rd and Broadway, Quincy IL 62301.

Entry Fee:

  • $25 for Individuals through November 21, $30 after
  • $60 for a Family of 4 through November 21, $72 after ($10/$12 for each addition)
  • $15 for Mall Walkers through November 21, $18 after

    NEW IN 2014:
    (Additional $5.00 added to your registration fee)

  • Course Description – This is a certified 5k run/walk starting and ending on the north side of the parking lot of Quincy Mall, 33rd and Broadway St, Quincy IL 62301. It proceeds through and around Moorman Park and returns to the mall.
    Click for a Course Map
    Runners will start first. NO rollerblades, skates, skateboards, scooters or bikes. Strollers are allowed.
  • Awards: Overall Female & Male finishers in the Run & Walk, and the top 2 winners in each category receive an award.
  • Age Groups: Male & Female 12 & Under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over
  • Top 2 Male & Female in each age group get awards.
  • T-Shirts: Register on or before November 21 to be guaranteed to get a long sleeved t-shirt or your designated size and early bird prices.

Race Packet Pickup

  • Pre-Registration and packet pickup on Friday, December 5 from 5-7pm in Quincy Mall Fountain Court.
  • Race Day Registration, Check-In and Packet Pickup at Quincy Mall from 8:00-9:30am. Pick up your timing chip during this time as well.

Questions or Concerns:



Longtime Salvation Army Supporters Honored at Event


L to R: Advisory Board Chair, Jo Kirlin, Charles “Chuck” Scholz, Marvin Purdy, Senior Kroc Officer, Major Andrew S. Miller

Charles Scholz, Marvin Purdy, & John Hark Receive Distinguished Awards

On Friday, September 20, The Salvation Army recognized two of its most distinguished supporters during the September Advisory Board meeting held in the Meadows Conference Rooms at the Kroc Center.

Mr. Marvin Purdy, retired Quincy Firefighter and longtime Advisory Council member, received a ‘Certificate of Life Membership’ award from Advisory Board Chair, Jo Kirlin and Senior Kroc Officer, Major Andrew S. Miller.

Mr. Charles W. Scholz received a ‘Certificate of Membership Emeritus’ award for his outstanding civil support of The Salvation Army. Mr. Scholz has been involved in many Army functions over the years such as the Christmas Committee , Kroc Steering Committee, and currently, the Advisory Board Council.

John S. Hark, right, chairman of the Hannibal Salvation Army Advisory Council, receives a plaque naming him a Salvation Army member emeritus from Salvation Army Major Andrew Miller.

Hannibal Salvation Army Advisory Council Chairman John Hark was honored Monday, Sept. 30, by receiving the designation of Salvation Army member emeritus. Hark served 41 years for the City of Hannibal and Marion County, Missouri.

The title of Salvation Army member emeritus is awarded to only about four people each year in the 10-state territory including Hannibal.

Major Andrew S. Miller and John Hark, Photo/ Bev Darr / Hannibal Courier Post


We’d like to thank all three of these gentlemen for their unwavering support of The Salvation Army and congratulate them on their awards. Together, they have helped make a valuable difference in the lives of individuals in our community.

Changing Lives – Shelter and Family Services

Emergency Shelter SignThe Need:
The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Quincy, Illinois is the only shelter within more than 100 miles that serves both families and single men and women.

Progress on the new John Gardner Stevenson Family Emergency Shelter & Family Services Center has been completed, and as of March 22, 2013 operations are being held at the 501 Broadway building. The Grand Opening Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00pm. Video of the dedication ceremony can be found here. The new building is located diagonally from the Kroc Center, making it much easier to coordinate programs once held several miles away from each other. It can house up to 16 people with rooms dedicated to single men & women as well as families. Our Family Services and Food Pantry are also located there.

What would you consider a priority for your family?
Would you put food at the top of the list? Or perhaps a roof over your head, utilities, prescriptions, or something else? For many people, through no fault of their own, these questions have become something to lay awake at night and worry about.

For most of us, the thought of coming to The Salvation Army for assistance would be unimaginable, but for a growing number of families it is a part of survival. Some who felt they had everything six months ago now realize they have very little to support themselves after a job loss.

That’s where The Salvation Army steps in to help. Through your generosity, we have been able to help families throughout our region answer these questions in this unforgiving economy.

According to the terms of Joan Kroc’s designated bequest, No Kroc dollars may be used for direct service to clients, such as food, clothing, shelter, etc. or for the building of transitional housing or emergency shelters.

IMG_9832Program Mission
The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter and Family Services programs strive to bring about positive changes to individuals and families who are homeless or are in need of basic necessities.

Applying the gospel of Jesus Christ, physical and spiritual needs are met without discrimination. Guidance and support is given to assist those we serve to lead self-sufficient lives, which in turn will strengthen family and community.

What we are doing
To help prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless, Family Services offers daily breadline, transportation, furniture, clothing, food pantry, rent and utility assistance, prescription assistance and more.

For those who are homeless, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter, provides crisis intervention by offering temporary housing to families and single men and women. Assistance is provided to help shelter residents find and retain employment and locate affordable housing.

Both programs provide life skills classes, case management, Christian counseling and referrals to other agencies who might further assist in meeting the clients’ needs.

Sturhahn Jewelers Marks 101st Anniversary with Food Pantry Donation

Giving back to the community is a tradition with Sturhahn Jewelers and this year is no exception.  To mark their 101st anniversary, the Sturhahn Family will unload 101 bags of groceries to benefit the Salvation Army Food Pantry at 9:30 Monday morning October 22nd.

“Our business anniversary is the ideal time to say thanks to a community that has been so good to us, says Sarah Stegeman of Sturhahns.  “Because our area food banks are especially low right now, this seemed like the natural, and right, thing to do.”

Last year Sturhahn Jewelers celebrated their landmark 100th Anniversary by giving 100 gifts to 100 unsuspecting people in Quincy over a 10 week period.   “That was fun to make someone’s day who least expected it, Stegeman says. So this year, if we can help put food on a table, we’ll remember how very fortunate we are to live and work in such a great community.”

The Sturhahn family and the 101 bags of groceries will be received by Major Dan Jennings, Senior Officer of the Kroc Center, at 9:30am, October 22nd at the Family Services Center at 6th and Broadway.