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

Never Miss a Chance to Do the Most Good

Please enter your name, email and zip code below to sign up!

Please enter your first name
Please enter your last name
Please enter a valid email address
Please enter a valid zip code

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

Check back for fall events!



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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 




Contact Us

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

Lisa Funk 
(616) 459-3433


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

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

Lisa Funk
Echelon Communications Chair
The Salvation Army of Kent County

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

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




Heather Hammond,
Corporate Relations Chair
Mill Steel Corporation

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

Derrick King,
Echelon Public Relations Chair

Joe Tekelly,
Echelon Social Media Chair
Dynamic Capturing


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

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