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 alisa_elkins@usc.salvationarmy.org.

 

Longtime Salvation Army Supporters Honored at Event

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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.

New Hannibal Location and Family Store

A new location has been opened combining our Hannibal Family Services Center  and a new Hannibal Family Store! The Family Store opened in December of 2011 and the move of the Family Services Center took place in April of 2012. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Family Services Center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The location at 302 Broadway in Hannibal replaces the former location on 9th Street.

The same services, including the food pantry, are offered at the new location. People applying for food or other assistance may be individuals or families. Registration is required with a photo ID and food is provided every 90 days. Additional assistance includes rent and utility assistance.

The Family Store is accepting donated items to sell including clothing, household items and toys. Donations may be made at the store. Proceeds from the sale of your donations are used to help fund The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter and other family service programs in our area. Large pieces of furniture can also be picked up. To make arrangements for a pickup, please call Scott Andrews at the store, (573) 248-8008.

 

The Hannibal Family Store and Services Center
302 Broadway
Hannibal, Mo
(573) 248-8008

 

The Salvation Army Recognizes Lifetime Volunteer

Charlie Doan

On Monday May 16th, 2011, at the Quincy Salvation Army, Charlie Doan was presented with The Salvation Army’s Central Territory Lifetime Volunteer Award.

This award is only given to an outstanding volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in providing service to others through The Salvation Army over many years.

The Quincy Salvation Army Kroc Center was privileged to recognize Advisory Board Member, Charlie Doan, as the recipient of the Territorial Lifetime Service Award.  A reception was held in his honor on May 16th.  Divisional Headquarters guests, Major Barbara MacClean, Divisional Secretary for Program, and Sheila R. Davis, Divisional Volunteer Coordinator were on hand to present Charlie with the Award.

Charlie has given 40+ years of volunteer service to The Salvation Army in Quincy.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” Charlie has always been an ambitious man, who for many years, has supported and given generously to The Salvation Army.  He is also involved with many community organizations and groups that have affected many lives for the better.  In addition to his 40+ years as a Salvation Army advisory board member, he also has life member status.

Charlie has served The Salvation Army in many ways over the years.   He served for many years on the Emergency Disaster Team, helping with disasters both locally and nationally. Throughout the holiday season he has manned kettles and served as the coordinator and head cook for The Salvation Army’s Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners. His many years of faithful service to The Salvation Army are respected and will continue to be appreciated.   Even at the age of 86, Charlie continues to be active, and is the current chair of the Advisory Board Property Committee.

Charlie’s spirit of volunteerism is being carried on by his family, with three generations of Doans currently volunteering for The Salvation Army.