Few nonprofits have made a name for themselves quite like Salvation Army has.
Locally speaking, the Grand Junction Corps of the organization serves the Grand Junction area and Delta and Montrose counties.
More recently, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and also just for the sake of expanding a popular nonprofit charity organization, Salvation Army is seeking volunteers as it expands its services.
“Basically, we’re expanding our food assistance, our rental assistance and also we are looking to possibly get back into our [rehab center],” said Todd Braley, public information officer for Grand Junction Salvation Army. “That’s not a green light, but it’s something that’s being looked back into.”
That idea is still conceptual, as Braley said, so location and other factors would depend on a number of criteria.
“They’re looking to not just make it in Junction,” he said.
The Grand Junction location’s current leaders of about three years, Captain Joe West and Captain Amber West, as Braley put it, came in and put together a five-year plan for the organization.
“Things had kind of fallen off track for the sole reason of some management issues before they got here, so a lot of it had to do with kind of putting things back on track, and now they’re looking again to get our seasonal bell ringing strictly volunteer,” he said.
Volunteer work is crucial to the organization, according to Braley, and locally, Salvation Army is in need.
“Getting those volunteers, man, even if it’s just one day a week,” Braley said, “being able to volunteer for a couple hours, sometimes, I mean people don’t realize what it means to be able to get somebody for even a couple of hours.”
In other means, Braley pointed out that there are multiple opportunities to donate money to Salvation Army for numerous reasons. This can easily be accomplished online.
Locally, Salvation Army has services and programs that benefit from donations and volunteer work. This includes but is not limited to programs to fight hunger, overcome poverty, teach kids, share God’s love, combat addiction and help disaster survivors.
Delta and Montrose each have their service centers as well.
All of these services are explained online at grandjunction.salva tionarmy.org.
Immediately, the Delta and Montrose locations of the food pantry and family stores are in “dire need” of volunteers, according to a recent press release.
Volunteers are needed for tasks such as sorting, stocking and packing food boxes. For this work, volunteers would need to be able to lift, squat, bend, twist and stand for extended periods of time. They must also have good people skills and take on some day-to-day cleaning.
Delta/Montrose Salvation Army is also in need of additional office help doing filing and client intake.
Members of the public interested in volunteering with Salvation Army can reach out to Jennifer Salazar at 970-399-3584 or go to delta.salvationarmy.org/delta for additional details.