Press Release, Salvation Army of Michigan City: 

The Salvation Army of Michigan City will celebrate National Volunteer Month by hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to recognize the hardworking individuals who volunteer at the non-profit organization throughout the year.

This luncheon is free and open to anybody who has volunteered with The Salvation Army of Michigan City over the past year. It will take place on Friday, April 26 at The Salvation Army, 1201 S. Franklin Street, Michigan City, from 11:30am to 1:00pm.

“April is National Volunteer Month and a great time for us to recognize those who give of their time to help in our mission of doing the most good,” said Major Becky Simmons, who oversees The Salvation Army of Michigan City with her husband, Major Dale Simmons. “Our organization is dedicated to serving those in need in the community, but we couldn’t do this without our volunteers – so we take this opportunity to say thank you.”

During this event, awards will be presented to “Volunteers of the Year” including Toys for Tots and Cindy Gesse; as wells as “Bell Ringer of the Year” Nancy Cross. An outstanding member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board will also be recognized.

To RSVP for this event, contact Jessica O’Brien at or (219) 874-6885 ext. 1003.

Nearly 7,000 volunteer hours were served at The Salvation Army of Michigan City last year, including about 900 hours of bell ringing during the 2023 Christmas Campaign.

“We distributed almost 7,000 food orders through our pantry, more than 21,000 items through our free clothing room, more than 20,000 diapers, and Christmas toys were provided to 1,369 children last year,” Simmons said. “This level of impact cannot happen without an army of volunteers, and we are so grateful for the support we receive from the Michigan City community. City residents truly care about their neighbors.”

The Salvation Army of Michigan City offers programs and services including a food pantry, diaper bank, utility assistance, youth summer camp, free clothing room, weekend backpack feeding program, group grief support, monthly family activities, and case management.

Those interested in volunteering at The Salvation Army of Michigan City can do so by visiting and clicking on “Volunteer in This Community.” More information is available by visiting calling (219) 874-6885.