The Salvation Army of Joliet has received a donation of nearly $27,000 from Bolingbrook-based G&W Electric through a mix of employee donations and a company match.
The donation will be used to provide food and financial assistance for rent and utilities to those seeking support at the Joliet Corps Community Center.
G&W Electric has also supported the Army’s Angel Tree program which provides gifts and toys for children whose families are not able to afford them.
The Salvation Army has seen a dramatic increase in requests for assistance in the Joliet area. They serve an average of 300 households every week – an increase of 500%.
Part of the reason for the increase, Captain Wendy said, is many of the other food pantries in the area have closed. The Salvation Army pantry also provides meat, dairy, and fresh produce on a regular basis.
“People start lining up 90 minutes early,” Captain Dan said in a news release. “By the time we open the pantry, the line is at least three blocks long.”
Captain Dan and Salvation Army volunteers visit each car to get basic information and spend time getting to know those who are looking for assistance.
Since the start of pandemic, The Salvation Army of Joliet has provided:
• Groceries to 1,689 families (nearly 6,300 people)
• Emergency financial assistance to more than 30 families
• Household goods and cleaning products for nearly 300 families
For information on emergency services during the COVID-19 crisis, or partnering with The Salvation Army to help neighbors in need, visit jolietsalvationarmy.org or call 815-726-4834.