The Salvation Army of Oshkosh has a disaster service department. This department is comprised of a group of volunteers that have signed-up to be on call if a disaster strikes in the surrounding area. Also, our Corps shares a canteen with the Fond du Lac and Appleton Corps. This canteen is used to provide meals and beverages to those victims in need of nourishment. And, when a large natural disaster strikes in another part of the country, the canteen can be deployed as well. The canteen was on site during the recovery time of Hurricane Katrina. The volunteers on the canteen provided thousands of meals!
Community Meals Program
The Community Meals Program is held Monday through Friday. The lunch meal is from 11:00am - 12:20pm, and the dinner meal is from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. The meals are open to anyone who is in need of a warm, nutritious meal. The meals are prepared by our kitchen supervisor most of the month, who is supported by many volunteers. There are a few days a month when other groups volunteer to come in and prepare and serve the meal. We are always looking for more volunteers and groups interested in serving a meal to fellow neighbors! The meals are free and there is no registration requirement. Special community meals are served for Thanksgiving and Christmas. These meals are prepared and served by volunteers.
Food Pantry & Social Services
Clients are able to come to the food pantry Monday through Friday, anytime between 9:00am and 12:00pm. Clients do need a pantry card to utilize the pantry which is obtained by making an appointment with the social services director. The pantry is kept stocked by donations from food drives, businesses and individuals. Also, when the pantry is low, goods are purchased with donated money. The food pantry functions primarily through volunteers that do many different tasks, and they are supervised by the Social Services Director. Clients are able to use the pantry one time within thirty days, and the amount of food they receive depends upon the number of people living in the household. Finally, the food pantry is different from others in the area because clients are able to shop the pantry and pick out the items they would like from each food group. This provides a more independent experience!
The Social Services Department aids members of the community in a variety of ways. Some forms of services offered depending upon the availability of funding are rental and utility assistance, household goods, furniture, clothing, and hygiene products. All requests for assistance are handled with appointments. Those needing assistance should contact Michele to schedule an appointment!
Red Kettle Campaign
Every year The Salvation Army locations throughout the country hold Red Kettle Campaigns. These campaigns raise funds to help keep Social Service Programs operating. In 2008, the Oshkosh Corps had 30 counter kettles out at local businesses around the community. Also, there were 16 kettle stands in Oshkosh, 2 in Winneconne and 2 in Omro. The final kettle collection for 2008 is $140,650, which surpassed our goal of $140,000. Thus, we would like to extend a huge thank you to the Oshkosh, Omro and Winneconne Communities for their generous donations and to all the bell ringers who graciouslly volunteered their time!!!
Holiday Assistance Programs
The Salvation Army of Oshkosh has two special holiday programs that are offered to members of the Oshkosh community. For Thanksgiving, families and individuals are able to come and sign up to receive a complete meal basket, including a turkey. For Christmas, individuals and families are also able to sign up to receive a complete meal basket, including a ham. And those who have children are able to request free toys donated through either the Toys-for-Tots or the Adopt-A-Family Programs. These generous donations brighten the lives of others during the holidays! Other Assistance Programs
In late August, The Salvation Army provides free school supplies to needy children through our Back to School Fair.
The Salvation Army is the distribution point for the Coats-for-Kids program and provided around 4,000 donated and dry-cleaned coats to individuals from October through January. Local dry cleaners clean the coats for free.
The Salvation Army also provides a birthday cake and toys to needy children through our Birthday Club.