When the Jasper County Salvation Army in Newton asked the community to step up in December, the people didn’t let them down.
This holiday season, the Salvation Army surpassed its funding goal of $33,000.The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign raised $36,825 locally in 2018. Their goal was $34,000, the level the nonprofit charity hit in 2017.
Jasper County Salvation Army Captain Janelle Cleaveland said the campaign exceeded expectations for the second year in a row.
“We’re just very thankful. We can’t do what we do without the community support,” Cleaveland said. “Jasper County has a very supportive Salvation Army for the past several years. We’re just very thankful for them to partner with us so we can do what we do.”
In addition to the Red Kettle Campaign, the Salvation Army, in association with Jasper County Animal Rescue League, was able to collect 2,000 donated food items (for humans and pets) with their Stuff the Bus campaign in the Newton Hy-Vee parking lot. The store also donated an extra 1,000 food items.
“We are very thankful,” Cleaveland said. “Very thankful for everything.”
2019 will be another year the Salvation Army looks toward fundraising success. To better accomplish this, the group will be changing their volunteer recruitment process and moving sign-up online.
In the past, volunteers had to call the Salvation Army in order to reserve a volunteer slot, and the representative would write down the name, day and time by hand.
Although the online setup process is not yet ready to be released, Cleaveland said it will be a necessary adjustment.
“Next year, it will be a little different because all of the volunteering will be done online,” Cleaveland said. “That might be a little bit of an adjustment for us, but we hope and pray that everything will turn out as great as it has for the last couple of years.”
The church arm of the Salvation Army is also switching things up for services in 2019.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14, the Salvation Army will host a church service where attendees will be seated around a dinner table. Cleaveland said this will be in addition to their traditional Sunday morning service.
“We are a church. It’s not like the supper club we have,” Cleaveland said. “It’s actually like a church service around the dinner table.”
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