In the final stretch to wrap up fundraising for a new building in Grand Haven, The Salvation Army has introduced the “10 for 25” campaign in hopes of raising the remaining $250,000 needed to reach their goal.
“The ‘10 for 25’ campaign is an effort to have 10 gifts or pledges of $25,000 or more given to our capital campaign,” said Jeremy Monteith, The Salvation Army’s Ottawa County development director. “If we are able to receive just 10 gifts of $25,000 or more, we will complete our capital campaign and be able to start construction on our building expansion next year.
“We are hoping that 10 individuals, families, businesses or foundations will join us in making these gifts or pledges,” he continued. “If a donor chooses, their pledge may be made for up to five years, which can help donors spread their gift out over time, rather than in one lump sum. Even though we have launched the ‘10 for 25’ campaign, we continue to accept gifts of any amount for the capital campaign.”
The Salvation Army is planning a building expansion to add around 5,800 square feet to its existing facility. Included in this expansion will be a multi-purpose room, three classrooms, kitchen, office, restrooms and additional storage.
“We have been thankful for the generosity of our community thus far,” said Capt. Jay Davis of the local corps. “We started last year with a dream and a goal, and here we are, a year later, and we’ve raised almost $850,000 of our $1.1 million goal.”
The Salvation Army, active in Grand Haven for more than 90 years, serves a variety of local residents, including those struggling with long-term poverty and chronic unemployment; families in crisis or facing temporary emergencies; men, women and teens battling alcohol and drug dependency; and local youth searching for meaning and mentoring.
The Salvation Army also partners with many local organizations such as Grand Haven Area Public Schools, Meet Up and Eat Up and Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority to serve as a site for these programs.
Donors can learn more about the campaign by visiting www.sagrandhaven.org or by calling The Salvation Army office at 616-842-3380. Gifts can be mailed to 310 N. Despelder St., Grand Haven, MI 49417.
“We gratefully accept any and all gifts, and are thankful for the support of the North Ottawa County community with this project,” Monteith said.