Estate & Charitable Gift Planning Webcast


The Salvation Army of Lake County will be hosting an Estate & Charitable Gift Planning Webinar on Tuesday September 16, 2014, at 9:30 am.  The event will be held at Indiana University Northwest.  Broadcast live from the Anderson Library Conference Center on campus in room 110.  The Anderson Conference Center sits on the corner of 35th and Washington in Gary, IN 46408.  The webcast is open to all Attorneys, CPA’s, Financial Planners, Certified Life Underwriters, Investment Advisors, Bank Trust Officers, Charitable Gift Planners, other Estate Planning Professionals, and anyone interested in providing and protecting assets to help ensure the financial future of family, self and community.  Application has been made for a full day’s worth of CPE, CLE, CTFA, CFP AND CE credits.

Gary Bonk, local Estate Planning Attorney and Salvation Army Advisory Board Member will present information and answer questions regarding estate and charitable gift planning. Reservations are required so please visit our registration form  to reserve your spot today.  Or you may call (219) 838-1328 to make your reservation.  Lunch will be served to all attendees.

The Salvation Army’s Back to School Carnival and Backpack Giveaway was a Huge Success!

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The Salvation Army’s annual back to school carnival and backpack giveaway was held this past Saturday, July 26th.  Staff and volunteers worked hard all week to make sure everyone had fun.  Over 300 guests attended and 131 backpacks were given away.  The backpacks were filled with school supplies donated by Mom’s Club of Munster.  “Watching all the children enjoying themselves was such a pleasure” said Emily Martinez, Youth Director here at The Salvation Army.  The children had two bounce houses, a dock pond, bowling and other games and prizes to keep them busy.  We had hot dogs and chips for all and American Licorice donated 100 lbs. of candy.  And the Hammond Optimist supports our backpack giveaway each year.  If you would like to make a donation to The Salvation Army please contact us at (219) 838-0380.  We are located at 8225 Columbia Avenue in Munster, IN 46321.

Golf Outing Raises Close to $18,000

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We couldn’t be more thankful to our partner in putting this event together, the Lakeshore 89.1 FM, and all the wonderful people who were involved in the process. We also thank our sponsors for making this event a reality and get us one step forward in our fundraising efforts.

In addition, we couldn’t have done this without the generous contributions of all the donors and participants in our golf outing who helped us raise close to $18,000!  For that, we are forever grateful and we rejoice with such great news.

These funds, will help us run the various programs we offer in Lake County, IN. These programs go from after-school programs to food pantryhelp and are key to the families in our communities. Without these services and programs, hundreds of people would go hungry and hundreds of kids would not perform well in school. So, we are glad YOU are making an impact by supporting these families with us.

As good as this sounds, we still find ourselves struggling to find the funds to help us operate daily. In fact, out of the funds raised during the golf outing, The Salvation Army will benefit from 50% of them and the remaining funds will go to The Lakeshore 89.1FM radio programming. This means that although we are grateful for your generosity, only $9,000 will come to our programs. Thus the need to continue in our efforts to raise money in order to continue with our services to the community.

So we trust that people like you will rise to  the occasion and work together with us in doing the most good.

Will you partner with us? Follow the link to donate now.






Out of the Crossfire and Into the Campfire

In 2013, more than 7,800 children and teens went to Wonderland Camp.  All were provided a safe haven from violence.  And this summer thousands more will attend.  Each summer, The Salvation Army’s Wonderland Camp in bucolic rural Wisconsin provides a refuge for thousands of children, many of whom can’t play safely outside or just be carefree kids.

Nestled on hundreds of acres of rolling hills, among trees reaching to the sky, campers run, jump, swim, climb and – best of all – smile.  Wonderland Camp offers kids a chance to discover new experiences, such as zip lines, a high ropes course, boating, swimming, archery and more. Each challenge is designed to help them gain confidence, build character, have fun and learn the value of teamwork.

Camper Arianna Martin, 9, who lives in Englewood, described the high ropes course on which teams of three must work together to navigate obstacles 20 feet high in the air. “It was scary, but I did it! I grabbed onto my friend’s hand and we just did it. We also made sure we cheered on the other groups too.”

Linda Swanson a Salvation Army donor who attended Wonderland Camp as a child said, “There are children coming here who may not have the opportunity to have a beautiful summer experience. That is going to impact their lives. I know it will impact their lives.”


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Omaha, Neb. (June 18, 2014) – Salvation Army personnel continue to serve those affected by tornadoes in Pilger, Neb. Emergency Services teams from Lincoln and Norfolk, Neb. remain on the scene. Lincoln Corps Officer, Major James Pennington, is the Incident Commander in Pilger.

Relief efforts will continue for as long as needed. Salvation Army officers and staff are focused on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first responders, providing food and hydration for impacted individuals, first responders and volunteers. Since Monday evening, more than 3,300 meals, beverages and snacks have been provided by The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the storms to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Donors may contribute $10 via their phone by text messaging the word STORM to 80888 and confirming the donation with the word “Yes.” Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs:

  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
  • A $30 donation provides one food box which contains staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit which contains a broom, mop, bucket and other cleaning supplies
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks to 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal for 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully operational for one day

People can also visit The Salvation Army’s Facebook and Twitter platforms for real time updates at and


Contributed by The Salvation Army Western Division