The Salvation Army Harrisburg is nearly halfway toward raising $9 million in a capital campaign to fund construction of a new city headquarters at South 29th Street and Rudy Road.
The 7-acre site was purchased in May as a means to eventually expand operations and better serve growing regional needs.
The Salvation Army expects to have about 50,000 square feet of program space available when it completes construction. Its current facility at 1122 Green St., its home since 1954, is about 17,000 square feet.
The Salvation Army used some capital reserves to purchase the property and advance the campaign. The $5.5 million public portion of the fundraising effort began in May.
“With a $500,000 initial matching grant opportunity, our campaign cabinet of community volunteers, co-chaired by Rick Jordan II and Rick Jordan III, achieved the match within the first 60 days,” said Kathy Anderson-Martin, director of philanthropy. “We continue to cultivate donors such that we are at approximately 43 percent of our tentative fundraising goal, which is subject to confirmation of construction costs.”
She also said there is active interest in the organization’s current facility.
“Of course, this makes us very motivated to raise the necessary funds so that we can move forward with a new location to better serve the community,” she added.
“Community support will get us there,” Anderson-Martin said.