Salvation Army works to end poverty

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of columns from agencies served by Jackson County United Way.

The Salvation Army is a global organization sharing a message based on the Bible … ‘the advancement of the Christian religion … of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.”

The Salvation Army relies on partner agencies for supplemental funding, collaborations and strong partnerships. The Jackson County United Way is a huge source of support for the The Salvation Army’s Jackson County Service Extension. The United Way is a portal to a vast network of information and resources.

I am grateful for the partnership, collaborations and leadership of JCUW. Not to sound cliché, but it really does take a village to build a strong community.

Tonja Couch and her staff share a common vision of community. They are mindful of the part they play in the process of our growth. They are connected to this community and passionate about leaving a legacy of success in the areas of education, health and financial stability.

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign will begin Nov. 27. We will ring at Walmart Supercenter through Christmas Eve. To reserve your bell, call 812-522-8718. You may also register online at

Salvation Army Funds are raised here, and the funds stay here. The Red Kettle Campaign relies on the volunteer efforts of several hundred county residents to ring the bell during our campaign time. It takes two hours to do so much good.

In a world filled with chatter, distraction and negativity, the Jackson County United Way, The Salvation Army and the 19 additional partner agencies lead with light, might and determination to make Jackson County the best it can be.

Missy Woods is a representative for the Jackson County Service Extension of Salvation Army.