Volunteer in this Community
Ways we help in this Community
Donate to this Community
How you can help in this community
Hear More from this Community
 Image

Our Mission

Echelon is a community of diverse young adults collectively rising up to serve The Salvation Army through fellowship and networking, donations and fundraising, and service and volunteering. This group was founded in 2011 in Grand Rapids as The Action Group. In 2017 we have transitioned to become a part of the National Salvation Army Young Adult Auxiliary, Echelon.


Upcoming Events

October 25 - Eat. Have Fun. Raise Money. Join us at Slows Bar BQ between 5-8 PM and 15% of your bill will be donated to Echelon.  

November 30 - Red Kettle Game with the Grand Rapids Griffins!  Volunteer with us at the Throw for Dough tables and help raise money to support The Salvation Army of Kent County! Click here to learn more and sign-up. 


WHAT WE DO

Echelon seeks to mobilize the next generation for The Salvation Army by providing opportunities for young adults to engage with the organization through networking, donations and fundraising, and service and volunteering.

WHY WE DO IT

As young adults, not everyone has the capacity to make large donations to The Salvation Army. What young professionals CAN do is share their skills, passion and talent to make a difference. Young adults are motivated to serve a cause they are passionate about – Echelon Grand Rapids is passionate about the work of The Salvation Army in Grand Rapids. We support the continued work of The Salvation Army of Kent County to rebuild the lives of men, women, children and families around us, in the name of Christ.

DONATIONS AND FUNDRAISING

Echelon supports the work of The Salvation Army of Kent County. Events are scheduled throughout the year to raise money or collect items for various causes or initiatives. Members work together to identify the causes or efforts they wish to support or pursue, the avenue by which it plans to generate that support (and any associated planning, logistics, and resource coordination), and are responsible for execution of that event or activity.

NETWORKING

Through Echelon, young professionals can not only meet new people and make new friends; they can also do it for a cause. We bring together a group of like-minded young professionals wanting to affect change. Through Echelon, members also gain access to key Salvation Army leadership and can gain recognition for their activities and successes. Community leaders, executives, and a number of influential people work closely with The Salvation Army and Echelon on a regular basis, so Echelon provides opportunities to build powerful and lasting relationships.

SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERING

Echelon is a group of enthusiastic young professionals who are driven by “Doing The Most Good” for those “most in need”. The Salvation Army pursues its mission 365 days a year and serves the entire community through a number of services, so there are ample opportunities to address needs in the community, improve people’s lives, and influence change. We work alongside officers, employees and volunteers for The Salvation Army to serve our community and those in need.

 

Join Echelon

Membership is open year-round and renewed on an annual basis. Membership types include individual and couple.
Annual dues are $25 and $40, respectively. New member dues may be paid by check or credit card. 

JOIN ECHELON NOW

     

Membership 

Contact Us

If you are interested in volunteering for an event or learning more about Echelon, please contact:

Lisa Funk 
(616) 459-3433
echelongr@usc.salvationarmy.org

     


Our Location

The Salvation Army
Western Michigan Northern Indiana Division 
1215 Fulton Street E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Echelon Grand Rapids Executive Board

Steve Sower
Echelon President
BDO

Lisa Funk
Echelon Communications Chair
The Salvation Army of Kent County

Joe Tekelly,
Echelon Social Media Chair
Dynamic Capturing

Linda Mungai,
Echelon Events Co-Chair
AAA

Elizabeth Kingston,
Echelon Events Co-Chair
Michigan Court of Appeals: Research Division

 

Treena Gilbert,
Echelon Secretary 
The Salvation Army Western Michigan Northern Indiana Division

Derrick King,
Echelon Public Relations Chair

Lauren Hagerman-Tekelly,
Echelon Service Chair
The Salvation Army Western Michigan Northern Indiana Division

Heather Hammond,
Corporate Relations Chair
Mill Steel Corporation

Shawn Beene,
Echelon Membership Co-Chair
Potter’s House

OPEN POSITIONS

Service Co-Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Fundraising Chair 
Co-Chaplains (2)
Co-Treasurers (2)

Let us know if you’d like more information!  We’d love to hear from you.