At this year’s Compassion in Action Gala, The Salvation Army presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to former advisory board chairwoman, Lois Rosenfield, for her achievements to supporting housing for the homeless through central Maryland.

Lois Rosenfield was the Baltimore Region of the American Jewish Committee Baltimore Region for 40 years. In addition, she has a long history of community volunteerism.

Lois was instrumental in establishing a day care program and a “Parenting Center” at Towson State College (now University). She helped create “Groceries NCJW,” which provides weekly groceries to those who don’t qualify for other food assistance programs.

She is the former Chair of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Towson University, and helped to establish a permanent collection of a variety of Maryland art forms for display throughout the University. While she was the Chairwoman of The Salvation Army Advisory Board, she ran an eight-million-dollar capital campaign to expand their homeless shelter, build a new Boys and Girls Club, and improve other existing facilities.

In addition to personal visits to CEO’s of every major bank, insurance companies and utilities, she was instrumental in obtaining government support for these projects.

Lois is a past president of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and National Council of Jewish Women, Baltimore Section. She chaired the Baltimore Jewish Leaders Assembly and served on the board of ACHARAI:The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute and was a Trustee of Baltimore Hebrew University.

Lois is listed among Maryland’s Top 100 Women and Baltimore’s Most Influential Women by local media. She had an audience with Pope John Paul II in the Vatican and attended the prayer service at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen when the Pope visited Baltimore in 1995.

She was married to the late Mark Rosenfield and is the proud mother of Jimmy and Laura Rosenfield, Stuart and Vicki Rosenfield, and grandmother of Emily, Will, and Danny.

(GWYNN OAK, MD) Salvation Army volunteer Larry Pope at last year’s Feed Caravan.

Larry Pope has been volunteering for The Salvation Army Howard County Service Center & Thrift Store since Thanksgiving of 2013.

Like most people, Larry was not previously aware of the wide array of services that The Salvation Army offered to the community. After volunteering for the holiday season and seeing the various opportunities to serve, Larry has been committed to serving his neighbors in need in Ellicott City.

“I love helping people and I’m having fun,” said Larry.

Over the years, Larry served in a variety of areas including bell ringing, maintenance, food drives, youth programs, and processing in-kind donations. Larry volunteers at the Howard County thrift store,  5-6 days a week.

Every week, Larry works alongside a group of volunteers at the thrift store that process the donated goods. The volunteers clean, organize, and tag these items for customers to buy.

“We have 40 or 50 people here that give their time. Everybody is equally important and without these volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do what we are doing.”

Apart from his service in Howard County, Larry also drove for 6 hours to aid The Salvation Army of Central Maryland in their disaster relief efforts for the historic West Virginia flooding last year.

Most recently, Larry has collected and donated a variety of toiletries for our new anti-human trafficking home, Catherine’s Cottage. He has also motivated several family members to volunteer and obtained monetary donations from his health care professionals.

Larry’s volunteer experience has been so influential, that he makes sure to visit the local Salvation Army headquarters every time he goes on vacation, including London and Paris!

Lily and Joe Chang prepare up to 175 sandwiches every month for the homeless.

FeedMore provides meals, blankets, and toiletries to the homeless in Baltimore, six nights a week.

Since 1983, hundreds of volunteers have served food for this program, including Lily and Joe Chang.

Originally from Taiwan, Lily and Joe, have been volunteering since 2000.

Once a month, Lily and Joe prepare 100-175 sandwiches for the homeless and  serve them along the FeedMore route and to homeless shelters.

On occasion, they order Chinese food and donate up to 200 carryout food boxes to the homeless.

Lily and Joe also donate socks, deodorant, and underwear to fill the gap of need for the homeless.

Joe described their volunteer experience as “impressive and emotional.” Joe was driven to tears a few times after seeing children, waiting in line to get food.

 “[Food recipients] are not lazy. They could be facing a period of hardship such as losing their home, or a failed business. Anyone can face hardship in their lifetime and when they need help, we are here,” said Joe.

Over the last 17 years, Lily and Joe have recruited several friends and relatives, including their youngest, Jeffery, to volunteer for FeedMore. They have since recruited enough volunteers to cover two Saturdays of every month.

For their dedicated service to our community, Mr. and Mrs. Chang received the Ultimate Volunteer Award this year.

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(BALTIMORE, MD) At this year’s Compassion in Action Gala, Lily and Joe Chang received the Ultimate Volunteer Award for their dedication to FeedMore.

“The Salvation Army took us under their wing and took care of us so now I’m here as a part of this family to take someone else under our wing,” Edward Wilson.

Edward Wilson is a former Salvation Army client who had lost everything. Read Wilson’s story and how he became our most dedicated volunteer in Carroll County below:

On December 4, 2006, my family and I celebrated my granddaughter’s 6th birthday. I was living with my wife, my 2 children, and 3 grand kids. Two days later, at 5:00 AM, our house caught on fire. We lost everything.

An agency referred me to The Salvation Army in Carroll County to get help. I didn’t even know what The Salvation Army was. All I knew about them was the bell. But I found out that they were much more than that.

They helped us with everything. They gave us food, Christmas gifts for my grand kids, and they helped get my family into a hotel for a few days. With their connections, we got another house. They helped us pay off old electric bills. I was overwhelmed with all they did for us.

A lot of people don’t ask for help because they think everyone will look down on them. But The Salvation Army made us home and they made us family. I’ve been volunteering here ever since.

Anytime The Salvation Army calls me asking for volunteers, I’m there. I help with food drives, clean up, whatever they need. And if I haven’t heard from them in a while, I’ll just show up.

You know The Salvation Army didn’t call me when I lost my house…they showed up. And they took care of me. So that’s what I do. I show up and take care of them.

The Salvation Army has showed me that regardless of where you come from, there is someone that will help you. Now I get to give to people what the Salvation Army gave me…and that’s hope.

Chubby accepting award

BALTIMORE, MD (April 19, 2016) Miguel “Chubby” Hines Jr (3rd from left), accepting the Ultimate Volunteer award from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Franklin Square staff at the Compassion in Action Gala.

Miguel Hines Jr., commonly known as Chubby, has been a volunteer at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Franklin Square for over twenty-five years. Not only is Chubby exceptional because of his passionate dedication to the program, but it is also miraculous that he manages to maintain a close relationship with the kids despite having a hearing and speech impairment.

Chubby started attending The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Franklin Square when he was in elementary school. During this time, Chubby’s mother was also a volunteer at the club and had been for a few years. Upon graduating from Carroll Park High School, he continued to return to Franklin Square to provide services and has been volunteering ever since. Even Deonta Sweets, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Franklin Square Director, remembers Chubby volunteering there when Sweets himself was a child.

Volunteers are a vital part of The Salvation Army because they help us provide critical needs to the community. Chubby has invested countless community service hours into the program. According to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Franklin Square Program Coordinator David Petty, the main reason volunteers are so hard to come by is because most volunteers offer their services short-term, often with the expectation of gaining employment. Chubby on the other hand has volunteered at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club for years and has never even asked for a job application.

Like clockwork, Chubby catches a bus to arrive at the club by 1pm, Monday–Friday; not even inclement weather stops Chubby from showing up. Chubby walks across the street to Franklin Square Elementary and waits for the kids to get out of school so that he can safely escort them to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. Chubby plays games with the kids, performs maintenance work, ensures security, and assists with kid pick-up. Every day, Chubby stays until closing time and makes sure that everything from the bathrooms to the chairs is in perfect condition for the kids to use the next day. “Chubby does everything except answer the phone,” said Petty. Both Petty and Sweets emphasized that Chubby is an essential asset to the team and that the club would not be the same without him. “Chubby comes with the building,” said Sweets.

At this year’s Compassion in Action Gala, we want to give a special thanks to Chubby for his outstanding commitment and dedication to supporting the kids of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Franklin Square.