In hosting an open house later this month, the local Salvation Army hopes to introduce the community to Capts. Chas and Debbie Engel, who took over the agency helm in mid-June, and honor its volunteers.
"They hit the ground running, to say the least," said Tony Perotta, agency spokesman, of the Engels, who hope to talk of their vision for the Salvation Army during the event.
The event also will provide an opportunity to pay special tribute to those who volunteer for the agency, Perotta said.
Normally, a volunteer appreciation night is held in February, but that did not happen this year. Perotta said the idea to hold an open house and volunteer appreciation night arose from a combination of not wanting the volunteers to think they were forgotten and wanting to introduce the Engels.
"We recognize and appreciate our volunteers throughout the year," Perotta said. "We just want to make sure we tell them that."
The night also will feature a Salvation Army brass ensemble, food and fellowship with the Friends of the Salvation Army, an introduction and a welcome by Lt. Cols. Donald W. and Renee P. Lance, divisional commander and director of women's ministries, respectively.
IF YOU GO:
WHO: Salvation Army
WHAT: Open house and volunteer appreciation night
WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25
WHERE: 457 Market St.
Additionally, those who want to volunteer with the Christmas effort may sign up to help with the kettle stands or food distribution in December.
The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the agency's 457 Market St. headquarters.
Letters of invitation were sent out, but the event is open to the community.
"It's open to anyone who really appreciates the Salvation Army or wants to know more about the Salvation Army," Perotta said. "It's our way of saying, 'Come out to meet us.' We are appreciative of our community."