2015 Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign Kick-Off

2015 Christmas Campaign Little Girl with Kettle

The Quincy Salvation Army began the Christmas season with our annual Tree of Lights Christmas kick-off event during a luncheon on Thursday, November 12 at 11:30am at the Emergency Shelter/Family Services facility at 501 Broadway. This year’s campaign chairs, Bill and Chris Daniels, were officially introduced along with the announcement of the 2015 campaign goal, which is $400,000.

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 Bill and Chris Daniels as our 2015 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 2015:
– 17,822 individual instances of assistance were given.
– 491 individuals received 4,674 nights of lodging at the Emergency Shelter.
– 18,304 meals were provided to shelter residents.
– 931 individuals participated in life skills classes.
– 2,227 food boxes were provided to families through the food pantry

Also, during the 2014 Holiday Season…
– 1,250 families received Christmas Food Baskets.
– 5,989 toys were distributed for Christmas.
– 901 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 Jeremy Koren for more information about volunteer opportunities at (217) 231-5633.

Salvation Army Seeking Bell Ringers Ahead of Holiday Season


With the Christmas season upon us, The Salvation Army is once again looking for volunteers to ring bells at red kettle locations in Quincy, Hannibal, Palmyra, Canton, and Pittsfield. Volunteers can sign up online at www.ringbells.org for shifts as short as two hours, or they can “Adopt-A-Kettle” for a day using the same website.

In addition to volunteer positions, paid positions are also available this season. Paid positions are considered part-time, temporary, and applicants must be available from the “First Day of Kettles” starting Friday, November 13 and lasting through December 24. Applications for these positions are available at the Kroc Center Welcome Desk, located at 405 Vermont Street in Quincy. Applications are also available at the Salvation Army Family Store in Hannibal, located at 302 Broadway.

The bell ringing season begins on Friday, November 13th and ends Thursday December 24th. The hours for bell ringing are Monday through Friday 11:00am – 8:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am – 7:00pm. Gather your friends and family to help your fellow man this Christmas season by “Doing the Most Good” with The Salvation Army.

For more information please contact Jeremy Koren at 217-231-5633.


Salvation Army Honors Mary Oakley For Service


Mary Oakley has long been a loyal advocate and servant of the Quincy Salvation Army. This month, Oakley’s term as Salvation Army Board Chair came to an end. Oakley was honored at a recent Salvation Army event, highlighting her achievements and thanking her for her dedicated service over the years.

“I think I came in [around] 1984,” said Oakley. “I worked on the Thrift Store committee most of my years. I co-chaired with the late Lil Keller at the banquet celebrating 125 years of The Salvation Army being in Quincy.”

In addition to her duties as Board Chair, Oakley remained busy and involved with many different facets of the Quincy Salvation Army. She served on committees for Christmas and The Salvation Army Thrift Store, and also took part in many of the Salvation Army’s Social Services programs, such as serving the breadline.

“I worked on and was Chair of the Nominating Committee. I served as Christmas Chair for a year as well,” she continues.

Oakley also has enjoyed participating in the annual Salvation Army Ring A Bell Run.

Regarding her time spent serving the Army, Oakley offered, “My hat goes off to the dedicated and compassionate staff that we have at the Kroc, our new Family Store, and the Family Services Shelter. We are blessed with an exceptional group of associates.”

Salvation Army Unveils New Hometown Endowment Fund Campaign

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The Quincy Salvation Army has been serving the needs of the greater Adams County area for more than 122 years. And the Army plans to continue that tradition with the unveiling of a new Hometown Endowment Fund campaign.

The goal is to provide anyone who turns to The Salvation Army for help with the support and skills they’ll need to become self-sufficient. Over the years, the number of people we aid continues to grow; and with the dramatic increases in requests for assistance over the past several years, financial resources are seldom able to keep pace with this ever-growing need for assistance.

Enter The Hometown Endowment Fund — a special fund created to assure continuous and stable funding for the emergency shelter and family services programs offered by The Salvation Army. It makes available now, as well as in the future, a source of income to support programs that assist individuals and families in need. The Hometown Endowment Fund preserves the principal and provides earnings and interest to be utilized for operations and programs.

The fund is an ideal vehicle to provide the stability to grow along with the needs of the Quincy community and surrounding area, of which The Salvation Army works hand-in-hand with each day to meet the needs of those less fortunate. As long as there are needs to be met, The Salvation Army stands ready to serve, making a difference one life at a time, and, above all, doing the most good.

There are many ways in which you can contribute to the Hometown Endowment Fund. For more information on how you can donate, click here.

For more information on the Hometown Endowment Fund, please contact:

Patty Douglas – Development Director
Phone: (217) 231-5627
Email:  Patty_Douglas@usc.salvationarmy.org


Matt Schmidt – Gifts Advisor
Phone: (217) 231-5694
Email:  matthew_schmidt@usc.salvationarmy.org


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.