EZCORP Volunteer Project to Update Salvation Army Shelter

EZCORP to Bring 150 Volunteers, and Donate $16,000 to The Salvation Army

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AUSTIN, TX (March 25, 2015) – Through a massive volunteer project, Austin-based EZCORP will provide a much-needed facelift to three areas of The Salvation Army Downtown Shelter on March 26 and 27, 2015. The Salvation Army Downtown Shelter provides emergency shelter, hot meals and support services for more than 250 people each night, many of whom are families.

The two-day volunteer blitz includes a complete transformation of the laundry room and learning  center, as well as fresh paint for the Safe Sleep area. Projects include cleaning; painting walls and ceilings; installing new flooring; assembling new furniture; installing  donated TV’s, furniture and computers; making blankets; preparing welcome bags for new families in the shelter; and preparing hygiene bags for shelter residents.

EZCORP’s executive team and corporate office staff will join Lt. Colonels Henry and Dorris Gonzalez, Area Commanders of The Salvation Army Austin, in updating the 27-year-old facility. EZCORP has donated $16,000 of supplies and furniture toward the effort, and 150 EZCORP volunteers will work in teams to complete projects.

“We are very grateful that EZCORP has chosen to work with The Salvation Army to help make this shelter a more welcoming place to those experiencing homelessness,” said Lt. Colonel Dorris Gonzalez, Associate Area Commander for The Salvation Army Austin. “Thanks to active community involvement and generosity like this, we are able to continue our mission of serving those among us who are in greatest need.”  

EZCORP has a long history of serving local community needs through financial support, volunteering and fundraising at 1,400 store locations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. EZCORP supports families in the neighborhoods where their customers and team members live and work. Since 2010, EZCORP has invested $3.9 million in their store communities.

“We are pleased to partner with The Salvation Army to update the Downtown Shelter to better serve the needs of more than 250 people who rely on the Shelter each night. One of our core values is ‘leadership is service’, and we are proud to bring together our corporate employees to support this critical need in our community,” says Hannah Nokes, Director of Community Affairs, EZCORP.

For more information about The Salvation Army in Austin or to make a donation, go to SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 126 years in the Austin area. More than 400,000 receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.  Eighty two cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org. Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin and Instagram.com/SalArmyAustin.
About EZ CORP

EZCORP is a leader in delivering easy cash solutions to our customers across channels, products, services and markets. With over 7,000 team members and approximately 1,400 locations and branches, we give our customers multiple ways to access instant cash, including pawn loans and consumer loans in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and fee-based credit services to customers seeking loans. At our pawn and buy/sell stores and online, we also sell merchandise, primarily collateral forfeited from pawn lending operations and used merchandise purchased from customers. For more information, visit www.ezcorp.com.

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Jamille Ruebsahm, development director for The Salvation Army Austin, with her son, "Little Man"

What happens when you do not have a village?

By Jamille Ruebsahm

Jamille Ruebsahm, development director for The Salvation Army Austin, with her son, "Little Man"

Click the image above to donate to Jamille’s Amplify Austin fundraising page

My Busy Morning

This morning I woke up at 5:45 am. Not unusual but this morning was particularly busy because I was scheduled for an early morning live radio interview. The topic of the interview was Amplify Austin, the 24-hour online giving event and the LAST thing I needed this morning was to be late. I woke, reviewed my talking points for a radio interview, showered, prepared breakfast to-go for my son and me (I’m seven and a half months pregnant so coffee only doesn’t cut it at this point!) took the dog out, gave the dog food and his medicine, showered, dressed, hair and makeup, woke my son, “Little Man”, dressed him as he was waking up, had the repeated discussion of yes he had to wear shoes and socks and yes he had to wear long sleeves because it was cold outside, grabbed all of our supplies for our one-hour outing and we were all buckled and in the car by 6:30am.

I was headed to KOKE FM for a radio interview to share about The Salvation Army and our role in Amplify Austin. I had to bring Little Man with me because my husband, Ryan, was out of town and our nanny couldn’t arrive that early. So earlier in the week, I had called Peggy McCormick of KOKE FM and asked if she would be willing to hang out with Little Man when I was on the air. Little Man and I arrived, got upstairs, met Peggy, and I went on air with Bob Cole and the morning show. Immediately following the segment on KOKE, I was headed back to meet our nanny, leave Little Man with her, and head into the office.

All of this early morning work of getting myself ready, getting Little Man up, dressed, fed and ready, and pre-planning his care for the morning, suddenly made me realize the truth of how it really does take a village to raise a child – or to do anything important! I am blessed to have a strong support system and to have resources to help her take care of my son – and myself

Will you be her village?

I then thought of another woman who is expecting a baby, like me, has a three-year-old and doesn’t even know where her next meal is coming from. Who supports her? Who is a part of her village? How does she take care of the sweet child she already has and take care of herself and her precious unborn child? This literally stopped me in my tracks and brought tears to my eyes.

We all need a village. We all deserve a village. We all ARE that village. The Salvation Army is that village. You are that village. I was inspired, as I tend to be daily, of how much need there is in our community and how those of us that are blessed have the privilege of supporting those that are in a moment of need.

When you donate today to The Salvation Army through Amplify Austin, your donation becomes part of the village for this mother whom you will never meet. AND your donation will be doubled up to a total of $30,000 through the generosity of a local donor.

Jamille Ruebsahm is the Development Director at the Salvation Army Austin Area Command. She is a proud wife and mother of one with another one on the way. If you want to hear Jamille’s radio interview and SINGING (!) with Bob Cole from this morning, just click this link, and enjoy!

Cory Morrow - Rock the Red Kettle 2014 for The Salvation Army Austin

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