Doing The Most Good

Posted on September 26, 2018

Salvation Army Vail

"Doing The Most Good"

The Salvation Army overall has been around for a long time, helping people with everything from rent assistance to getting enough greens in their diet. Locally, the Salvation Army Vail Valley often quietly swoops in when disaster strikes. Remember the Lake Christine fire in Basalt? The Salvation Army of Vail Valley fed the emergency workers. It has a food pantry in Avon that more locals than use than you know and stocks the one in Eagle at the Methodist Church.

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This small but impactful organization has two full-time employees and relies on volunteers to really help, explains Tsu Wolin-Brown, the executive director (who happened to start out as a volunteer more than three decades ago).

Where are volunteers needed? Everywhere. The first Monday of each month, volunteers help unload the Food Bank of the Rockies semi that is packed with food for the food panty: that food lasts an entire month. Groups can help in a variety of ways and Tsu is happy to create a meaningful mission for them that helps the organization thrive.

The greenhouse, which opened several years ago, always needs volunteers to water, plant, weed — in general take care of the gardens. The bounty from the gardens is then added to the food pantry offerings, ensuring fresh vegetables are available. Pantry recipients also are given seeds so they can grow their own vegetables.


This summer, the Garden and Greenhouse program was super busy with parents and preschoolers learning about gardening… and one little tyke tried a green bean for the first time. Mom was so excited, she wrote a check. Which leads to the next prong of being a nonprofit: funding.


Starting the day after Thanksgiving right through Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army needs bell ringers. These folks who stand in the cold and try to make eye contact with you raised more than $53,000 last year, most of which stays right here in the valley, funding programs for friends and neighbors.

The other fundraisers, Empty Bowls, Harvest Dinner and the recent golf tournament, also help fund upcoming programs: the Thanksgiving food baskets that are put together and distributed in Avon and Eagle, as well as the Holiday Cabin — a magical place where kids can get a gift.

If you’re thinking you’d like to be involved but just aren’t sure how — reach out to the Salvation Army at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); ring the bell, sign up at; help build and deliver food baskets or adopt a family for the holidays. It feels like we all have so much, but even if we only have time, that can make a world of difference. The need for the Salvation Army will never go away and it will continue to keep ‘doing the most good.’

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