TORONTO - Volunteers for the city unit of the Salvation Army were thanked for their community service during the unit's annual volunteer appreciation luncheon held Thursday at the Riverview United Methodist Church.
Volunteers also were presented with updates on the previous year's activities as well as a glimpse into the coming year's challenges, according to Doris Starr, unit co-director and treasurer.
"We did have a lot of clients last year, and the need was great," said Starr. "The organization responded well. We anticipate this coming fiscal year to be about the same as last year, and maybe a little worse."
VOLUNTEERS HONORED — The Toronto Unit of the Salvation Army held it annual volunteer appreciation luncheon Thursday at the Toronto Riverview United Methodist Church. During the luncheon volunteers were thanked for their service, as well as given updates on the year’s activities. Those involved were, front, from left, Anna Lea Wirth, unit co-director; Doris Starr, treasurer and unit co-director; Lu Ellyn Dallas, director of the unit’s prescription assistance program; and Jane Myers, volunteer: middle, Barbara Lyons, volunteer; Betty Klink, volunteer; Donna Worley, volunteer; Vickie Grant, volunteer; Nancy Lewis, volunteer; Darcee Cormany, regional supervisor; and Pam Dunlap, volunteer: and back, Don Redmond, kettle drive coordinator.
-- Mark J. Miller
Starr said there was a "slight increase" in client needs from the previous year, although the unit's budget saw a small increase from the Salvation Army's regional office in Cleveland. Starr also said the volunteers were instrumental in meeting the need.
"Our volunteers have been wonderful, and we would like to thank the community for its support," Starr continued. "We appreciate the community's support, as always."
Starr also said the unit's kettle drive - the main source of local income for the unit's budget - would begin the weekend of Nov. 16-17.
Also during the luncheon, unit officials gave volunteers a breakdown of last year's unit finances from Sept. 16, 2011, to Sept. 19, 2012. They included a total budget of $23,000, with $22,926 being spent through the year, leaving an ending balance of $74.
Last year's kettle drive netted $11,558, while the Toronto Service Committee donated $3,000 to the unit. Sales from the city chamber's annual luminaria sale raised $1,760 in funds for the unit's home heating assistance program. Local churches donated $950, while private donations accounted for $795.
Client expenditures included $813 in medical assistance; $20,671 for utilities; and $707 for other needs. Unit expenses were $578 for phone service; and $161 for office expenses including postage, post office box rental, copier rental and supplies.
Those assisted during the past year included 213 families; 172 new families; 145 men; 198 women; 281 children; and 624 total persons.
The unit office is in the Riverview United Methodist Church, 105 N. River Ave. The unit office is open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays. Wednesdays and Fridays. For information, call (740) 537-4737.