Earlier this month, I spoke to the Marion County Salvation Army in Lebanon. Salvation Army – just what do the bell ringers do?
FIRST, they assess the needs of each community in which they serve. The Salvation Army works to understand the obstacles, hardships, and challenges native to the area’s particular population.
NEXT, they build local programs designed to offer immediate relief, short-term care, and long-term growth in the areas that will best benefit the community.
THEN, they invest in the Community. The Salvation Army can offer and support the local programs to the local community, working to continually optimize their efficacy via spiritual, physical, and emotional service.
Here is a look at the Marion County numbers for the year 2020 at Central Kentucky Community Action. We were able to assist approximately 80 individuals and spent approximately $800. Salvation army funds allows our agency to assist people in many ways other than bill assistance. CKCAC was able to find temporary housing for a couple that was sleeping in their vehicle. We were able to help individuals pay for medications that weren’t covered by insurance. We provided a client vouchers to purchase kerosene for heat.
Salvation Army has allowed Central Kentucky Community Action to assist families in ways that complement other programs. If a client has a need and the vendor will accept the funds or terms of payment from the Salvation Army, CKCAC is able to help the client with up to $100 of assistance, once a year. For 2021 we have already assisted 10 Marion County households.
Please think about this next time you are making a donation or just dropping something in the Salvation Army kettle. With the help of the Salvation Army, YOU are investing in YOUR COMMUNITY.
More to come…..much more.