Feb 27, 2019
The Petaluma Service Alliance is rolling up their sleeves to help yet another community organization.
The Alliance is made up of Sunrise, Petaluma and Valley Rotary clubs, Kiwanis, 7-11 and Petaluma Lions clubs. Together they reach out to the community to raise funds and volunteer their time to different projects in the Petaluma Community that make a difference and need help.
In the past the Alliance has helped the Petaluma Boys and Girls Club and C.O.T.S. (Committee on the Shelterless) fix up and repair their facilities to name just a few. Working closely with the city and police department, the last project the Alliance took on was rehabbing Walnut Park in Petaluma to make it safe for families to enjoy and move out a bad element that had taken up residence there.
David Adams the Salvation Army Board Chairman and Elk member reached out to the Service Alliance to see if they would be interested in helping to finish the work needed on the community center.
”The bathrooms were in need of repair and the kitchen they were using to make food for first responders had a great deal of differed maintenance. The Service Alliance knew we could make a huge difference in our community by helping the SA increase their capacity to do what they do best, 'Making a difference in people’s lives,'" John Leary, President of the Elks, said.
In early 2018 the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce Leadership class helped the SA by rehabbing three offices in the community center for use by Mentor Me and Petaluma Peoples Services.
Major Mitham Clement said that with this collaboration the community enjoys having Senior and children’s programs all in one eastside location.
Along with the SA programs this makes the SA Corps a major presence in Petaluma to help those in need. Currently the Petaluma SA helps to feed over 250 families a week from their distribution warehouse at 721 S. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. Along with many other programs such as Utility subsidies and counseling that the SA offers.
A relationship between the Petaluma Elks and the Salvation Army was formed during the 2017 Northern California fires in Santa Rosa. The Salvation Army brought food to the Petaluma lodge and Elks prepared it and the S.A. took it out and delivered it to first responders that were helping in all aspects of the disaster in the Petaluma area.
The Petaluma Lodge maintained an open cafeteria 24/7 the week of the fires for the shelter that was in the church next door as well as late night meals for the ambulance drivers that had their offices and yard across the street from the lodge.
All the clubs raised money to fund the Salvation Army project and members from all of the clubs donate their time and skills to the project.
Community businesses also chip in. Freidman Brothers Hardware donated $4,200.00. Tri County Floors donated the flooring and installation, Fishman Supply helped with sourcing materials and with discounts for the project.
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