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Providing physical needs such as grocery, utility and gift assistance,
to emotional experiences including holiday events and traditions.
The Salvation Army celebrates the birth of Christ by spreading His hope, love and joy to less fortunate members of our community. In fact, our gift-giving programs and fundraising initiatives are a direct answer to God's calling to care for the poor, hungry, sick, and displaced. From physical needs such as grocery, utility and gift assistance, to emotional experiences including holiday events and traditions, to spiritual guidance that provides healing and hope, we work to assist the whole person through gifts that serve the body, mind and soul.
Especially during the holiday season, needed assistance with everyday problems can help a family have the hope they need to start the new year. The Salvation Army assists families with temporal needs by providing food, utility, rent, and other assistance. Through our holistic approach to serving the whole person, we supplement every service with emotional and spiritual support.
The Salvation Army is once again honored to partner with The Matterhorn Conference Center, Elkhart Rotary, and United Pie Company to provide roughly 1,200 people an elegant Thanksgiving Dinner for free. Linen table clothes, napkins, and chinaware are set out for guests to eat on. Information on volunteer shifts is below, please contact our office at (574) 970-0088 to sign up as a volunteer.
THANKSGIVING DINNER AT THE MATTERHORN - VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
1ST SHIFT: 9AM - 11:30AM: This shift will be responsible for folding napkins, placing the napkins on the tables, setting the tables with glassware, silverware, condiment holders, table numbers, etc. Volunteers will also help prepare the soda/coffee bars and carry ice from the kitchen to the bars, under the direction of Matterhorn staff. A minimum of 3 volunteers will be stationed at each bar. Once the doors open to the public, volunteers will be needed as greeters and seaters, to assist guests with mobility issues as they move through the buffet line, take soft drink/coffee orders; refill drinks, and all other responsibilities the staff of the Matterhorn deem necessary to keep the atmosphere calm, happy and enjoyable for everyone. Number of volunteers needed for 1st shift: 50.
2nd SHIFT: 11AM - 1:30PM: This shift will overlap with the first shift for the first 30 minutes to get a handle on where the volunteers will be stationed during their shift and what they will be responsible for doing during their shift. Once the first shift departs the building, the 2nd shift volunteers will be responsible for manning the coffee/soda bars, a minimum of 3 volunteers are needed to man each bar; greeting and seating guests, carrying ice from the kitchen to the bars, taking soft drink/coffee orders, refilling drinks, assisting guests with mobility issues as they move through the buffet line, and all other responsibilities the staff of the Matterhorn deem necessary to keep the atmosphere calm, happy and enjoyable for everyone. Number of volunteers needed for 2nd shift: 40 - 50
3rd SHIFT: 1PM - 3:30PM: The third shift will overlap with the second shift for the first 30 minutes to get a handle on where the volunteers will be stationed during their shift and what they will be responsible for doing during their shift. Once the 2nd shift departs the building, the 3rd shift volunteers will be responsible for manning the coffee/soda bars, taking soft drink/coffee orders, refilling drinks, assisting anyone with mobility issues as they move through the buffet line, carrying ice from the kitchen to the bars, and any other work that needs to be done under the supervision of Matterhorn staff. The third shift volunteers will also be responsible for assisting with cleanup duties, under the direction of Matterhorn staff. Number of volunteers for 3rd shift: 50
*If you plan to work multiple shifts, please let our staff know when you call to sign up. When you arrive at the Matterhorn, ask for Heide and let her know you plan to work more than one shift.
**All volunteers, regardless of the shift worked, should dress comfortably and wear comfortable, preferably slip resistant shoes, to this year's Thanksgiving Dinner at the Matterhorn.
***The Matterhorn does not have a secure location to leave purses and other belongings during your shift. Please lock these items in your vehicle prior to beginning your shift. There may be a coat rack available at the volunteer entrance.
***Have fun and enjoy your day at the Matterhorn!
Our Red Ribbon Baskets are given to about 800 families each Christmas. They are white laundry baskets filled with needed household cleaners, hygiene items, laundry soap, and other necessary items. All of these items are not able to be purchased on government assistance and are the first thing to be cut from a families budget when they can't make ends meet.
Some of our families who apply for Christmas Assistance are able to be adopted out due to the generosity of people in the community who agree to provide a family everything they need for Christmas. Not only will the kids and parents get gifts, but they will also be given food to make a Christmas dinner.
In a partnership with Toys for Tots, families not eligible for Adopt-A-Family are written a voucher to shop at the Toys for Tots Toyshop. This means that every family who comes into The Salvation Army for help putting toys under the Christmas Tree is able to be serviced.