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Give generously to the Salvation Army kettles

Kay Vasilakis
Nonprofit Spotlight
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Who do you turn to in an emergency? What image comes up in your mind when you think of a crisis situation?

Unforeseen circumstances can be volatile and tension-filled. When you know Salvation Army is a resource in hard times, it can make all the difference in the world.

Last year, Salvation Army provided assistance to approximately 1,100 Garfield County residents. The organization helps people without judgment or discrimination.

The Salvation Army provides emergency services in the areas of housing, utilities, prescriptions, gas vouchers, bus vouchers and laundry and shower vouchers. Salvation Army works closely with Catholic Charities, LIFT-UP and Feed My Sheep to best help people in need.

Housing is one of the biggest issues in the Roaring Fork Valley. There is less than a 1 percent vacancy rate for affordable housing. Someone earning minimum wage must work 89 hours per week to afford a studio apartment. Most of the people Salvation Army sees in the Glenwood office are hard-working people who simply cannot make ends meet when there is an emergency in the family.

The Salvation Army has had a presence in the valley for many years, and if there is a major emergency such as a fire, it is always on the front lines.

The local office is funded by the generosity of the community, and depends on individual donations and the holiday kettle drive. You can help by giving generously at one of the valley’s 17 kettle locations from Parachute to Aspen, at City Markets and Wal-Marts from Parachute to Aspen, and at the Glenwood Springs Mall. The money raised will determine how many people Salvation Army can help next year.

Those interested in volunteering a few hours at one of the kettle sites may contact Stacie at 945-6976. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

“We sincerely appreciate your caring generosity, and want to remind you that every dollar donated stays right here,” said Stacie Durrett, Salvation Army local assistance coordinator.

You never know when you’ll need the Salvation Army’s help.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column appears every other Wednesday in the Post Independent. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her, call 384-9118 or e-mail

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