The capital campaign is an ongoing fundraising effort to invest significant resources in a newly renovated and expanded community center for The Salvation Army.
“We are so grateful for this gift from the Consumers Energy Foundation,” said Capt. Jay Davis of the Grand Haven corps. “This gift gets us another step closer to reaching our campaign goal of $1.1 million. We have now raised 98 percent of our goal and only have around $27,000 left to raise.”
Initiated about a year and a half ago, and chaired by community leaders Dave Klaassen, Steve Hass and Jim Brunner (who is retired from Consumers Energy, the campaign was launched to ensure that The Salvation Army continues to provide the highest quality services to vulnerable children and families in Northern Ottawa County.
“The Salvation Army and Consumers Energy have enjoyed a strong relationship for decades,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the utility’s foundation. “This grant continues that ongoing support, with a focus on families and children, which are the core of caring for strong and successful communities.”
Consumers Energy, its foundation, employees and retirees last year contributed more than $17 million to Michigan nonprofits. The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy, providing funds for education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.
The Salvation Army of Grand Haven is planning a building expansion which will add around 5,800 square feet to its existing building. Included in this expansion will be a multipurpose room, three classrooms, kitchen, office, restrooms and additional storage.
“Donors can continue to support this campaign by visiting www.sagrandhaven.org, mailing your gift or by stopping by The Salvation Army office at 310 N. Despelder to make a donation,” said Jeremy Monteith, development director for The Salvation Army, Grand Haven.