Released 19 April 2013
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It looked like an early St. Patrick's Day at The Salvation Army of Martin County on Saturday, March 9th when volunteers from Florida Power & Light Company appeared in their bright green shirts to freshen up the inside and outside of the Salvation Army headquarters in Stuart. Approximately 30 FPL volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to paint the fellowship hall/multi-purpose room and adjoining hallways as well as to weed, trim and mulch outside the front of the building. The volunteers were participating in a state-wide FPL effort called "The Power to Care Day."
"We are so grateful to FPL for choosing to help us in this manner," said Lt. Scott Hoover, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army. "The fellowship hall area is by far the most-used area in our Corps. Over 100 people come to us every Friday night for a hot meal - and during the week, we have close to 100 very active children in and out of the building for character building programs, praise band and more. That's over 800 people a month using the same space."
Nick Blount, FPL External Affairs Manager explained, "This is the fifth year in a row that our employees have participated in this week-long initiative, which encompasses volunteer events all over the state. We appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in the communities that we serve, as well as live and work in."
Lt. Scott noted that one only has to drive by or into the parking lot of The Salvation Army to see what a difference these dedicated volunteers made. "In just a short amount of time, these hard-working men and women transformed the front of our building, making it much more attractive for our visitors and the residents of Compassion House, our homeless shelter for women and children," he said. "Equally important, every hour and every dollar donated by FPL to The Salvation Army translates directly into more money for our emergency assistance programs, as it is less money and time we have to spend on general maintenance and upkeep."
The Salvation Army of Martin County works throughout the year to provide food and financial assistance to those in distress. Other programs offered by The Salvation Army include emergency disaster assistance, a Friday night food ministry (which provides a hot meal to over 100 people weekly), youth character building programs, a morning Breakfast Club (providing pastries, bread and coffee free of charge), Sunday worship services, bible studies and youth ministry. The Salvation Army of Martin County also operates Compassion House, which provides transitional housing to homeless women and women with children.
The Salvation Army is located at 821 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in East Stuart. For more information, please call 772-288-1471 or visit www.salvationarmystuart.org.