Ways You Can Help
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What if you could use only one word to describe your life’s work?
It was Christmas Eve, 1910. General William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, would not live to see another Christmas. He searched for one word to sum up the purpose, the meaning and the focus of the ‘army’ he’d built. His one word….OTHERS. Today, we continue William Booth’s work, focused on the needs of OTHERS, like:
The mother who came to us one frigid afternoon, she and her four kids were sleeping in a van. Subzero temps were forecast and she had no way to keep them warm.
The young couple who came to us, homeless, sleeping on a friend’s porch. With baby on the way, they knew they needed help.
This is the face of who we serve; the heart of who we help. The Salvation Army wraps each person who comes to us in the resources we have to offer and the warmth of our community’s kind heart. Our message? You are not facing crisis alone. The result? The warmth of your generous heart and the knowledge that community believes in them helps them succeed.
With your contribution, you become our partner in compassionate service to OTHERS.
Contribute Online: All gifts collected online are used by Fond du Lac Salvation Army, unless you specify otherwise. It's fast, safe, and secure.
Contribute via Mail or In Person: Please make checks and money orders payable to The Salvation Army. Mail In or Drop Off to:
The Salvation Army
237 N. Macy St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Contribute Other Financial Gifts (e.g. will/estate gifts or to learn how you can earn an income from your gifts), click here.
We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, serving Fond du Lac County, except for Ripon which has a Salvation Army extension office. We honor Salvation Army policy and actively seek funding only from the area we serve.
Your donation will be directed toward the most critical need at the time it’s received, unless it’s earmarked for a specific program fund: Food Pantry, Brown Bag Lunch, School Supply , Hygiene & Personal Care, Pathway of Hope/Self Sufficiency Fund, Thanksgiving & Christmas Assistance, Warming Shelter, Christmas Campaign. Receipts will be offered upon request.
Become a Red Kettle Sponsor
Christmas is a time for doing kindnesses that change hearts and lives.
Support for our Red Kettle fundraiser helps us reach our Christmas Campaign goal. Reaching that goal means much more than hitting a benchmark; it means we have fuel to power our next year of service in Fond du Lac and the surrounding county.
Businesses, churches, organizations, foundations, schools and philanthropists choose how best to express their compassion through the Red Kettle Campaign, as:
Presenting Sponsor, the umbrella sponsor over campaign events and opportunities;
Large Floor-Standing Red Kettle Host, positioning a kettle and bell ringer at your establishment the duration of the campaign season;
Miniature Countertop Red Kettle Host, positioning a small kettle in prominent location for the duration of the campaign;
Special “Pop Up” Red Kettle Appearance Sponsor, helping large Red Kettles “pop up” at Christmas events throughout community;
Red Kettle “Meet or Beat” Sponsor, setting the contribution bar high with an initial Red Kettle donation & then challenging community (and competitors) to meet or beat you;
Red Kettle Event Host, collaborating with us on an event to benefit the Red Kettle Campaign
Red Kettle Outstanding Achievements Recognition Sponsor, celebrating exemplary efforts of community with trophies and awards
Sponsors receive appreciation and recognition in many forms, including media exposure from media partners KFIZ, 107.1 The Bull, Sunny 97-7, 96.1 The Rock, AM1170, Campbellsport News, The Reporter, Action, and Next Media,
And those who come to us in need receive a network of resources because the biggest hearts of our community united behind the Red Kettle Christmas Campaign on their behalf.
Contact us for more on this year’s Red Kettle fundraiser and Christmas Campaign.
Christmas is a time for doing kindnesses that change hearts and lives.
When you put on your best smile and ring a bell alongside a Salvation Army Red Kettle, your kindness changes lives.
Your help makes all the difference in our ability to serve. Bell ringing attracts the change we need to continue our warming shelter, food pantry, youth programs, spiritual outreach, crisis services, sufficiency programs and a Pathway of Hope program that’s one of the top in the nation. Click here to learn more about our services.
Bell ringers have so many choices:
|Choose your shift/s||3500 two hour shifts available|
|Your location||Ring inside or outside businesses hosing Red Kettles throughout the community|
|Your day/s||Monday through Saturday|
|Your frequency||Volunteer as often as your schedule allows|
|Your style||Volunteer yourself, with a friend, your family, your pet.
Ring, sing, dance, or simply share holiday greetings
Enter Bell ringing Competition. Groups from schools, churches, businesses, organizations, service clubs, register with us as a team. The top youth and adult groups who cover the most bell ringing shifts will each be award a handsome traveling trophy created by Hoppers, along with recognition as the season’s Outstanding Red Kettle Youth Bell ringing Team and the Outstanding Red Kettle Adult Bell ringing Team. Winners will choose representatives to accept the trophy and be our guests at our annual Civic Lunch and Report to Community
2017 Top Youth Bell Ringing Team: Waters Elementary
2017 Top Adult Bell Ringing Team: Rotary Club
Help During Disasters
The Best Way to Help
During disasters, the best way you can help survivors is to contribute financially. Cash donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Salvation Army disaster services are funded entirely by donors, and The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.
The Salvation Army has opportunities for you to serve in times of disaster with volunteer teams. We provide training across a wide range of volunteer support services and keep you connected with your local Salvation Army for updated information.
If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please visit our national disaster services website.
Contribute Your Time and Items We Need
- Praying for us and those we serve.
- Exploring our volunteer opportunities, and signing up to share your compassionate heart and helping hands to help us serve. Click here.
- Donating items we need. Scroll down to see our list. Click here to print.
- Organizing a collection of any of the items we need at your school, church, club, organization or place of employment. Contact our Community Resource Development Director to get started. Click here for 15 Collection Tips.
Calendar of Our Annual Resource Needs
Birthday & Celebration Supplies: Families working hard to “better” their circumstances do not have extra resources to celebrate special events as children’s birthdays. Our Celebration Supply Closet makes celebrating these magical milestones possible.
Food for Brown Bag Lunch (17,000 free lunches annually)
New & gently used coats Donate new/gently used (pockets in good repair, no tears or holes, zippers in good working order) coats in children and adult sizes and help us keep Fond du Lac warm!
Thanksgiving and Christmas meal supplies: Main dish meats (turkeys, roasts, Cornish hens, chickens, hams), boxed stuffing, canned cranberries, instant mashed potatoes, canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup
Supplies and meals for Fond du Lac County’s only warming shelter
Toys & Gifts for Christmas: The Salvation Army annually reaches out to individuals and parents who are struggling to “make ends meet. We gather their Christmas lists, then fill as many as we can. This program embodies the spirit of Christmas.
We need: Individuals & families to participate in our Adopt-a-Family and Angel Tree programs, new books suitable for children, teens and adults, earbuds, movie passes, board games, crock pots, slippers, winter scarves, fashion scarves, “fun” fuzzy socks, hand care gift sets