Salvation Army of Roseville honors volunteers

Organization served 215 people in September, needs more donations
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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The Salvation Army of Roseville considers volunteers the backbone of a community. So the nonprofit Christian organization honored its own volunteers with an annual banquet Tuesday evening. About 150 people gathered at the Sierra View Country Club in Roseville to recognize the work of the organization and thank standout volunteers. Attendees also enjoyed a live auction, which raised $550. The Salvation Army of Roseville provides food, clothing, rental assistance, utility bill assistance and showers for families in need in south Placer County. The organization served 215 individuals in September alone, including 40 first-time recipients. This year, more than 1,700 people have sought assistance from the Salvation Army for the first time. On Saturday, Oct. 23, the organization distributed 221 hot meals. “That’s more than has ever been served on a single day,” said the master of ceremonies for the evening Joe Newton, who also chairs the Salvation Army advisory board. The organization also sent early responders to the Westfield Galleria fire Oct. 21, and handed out slices of pizza from more than 100 large boxes and gave out dozens of cases of water. Recently, though, Roseville’s Salvation Army has stopped giving out food boxes to hungry families because of a shortage of donations, instead distributing U.S. Department of Agriculture food bags, which contain a few cans of food and vegetables to last only a day or two, said Captain Chris Aird. The organization relies heavily on volunteers and community members and thanked a handful of them during Tuesday’s event, including the late-Virgil Harrigan, a real-estate entrepreneur who left $5.5 million in bequests to 12 nonprofit organizations in Placer County after he passed away last year. The Salvation Army was one of the lucky recipients. Aird also honored Donna Caron, who rearranges her work schedule during the holiday season to assist with the Salvation Army’s Christmas distribution. “This very special lady gives of herself,” he said, “And she does it with a smile.” Major Douglas Riley next presented Mike and Linda Stewart with the “Others” award, which acknowledges volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to help other people. Riley said the Salvation Army’s national officers must approve nominees for this prestigious award. The Stewarts received praise for stepping up to help, reaching out to get their friends involved and serving as an inspiration to others. ~ Sena Christian