…by volunteering, or having the privilege to work. Work hours can be completed at either Salt & Light location. Every hour worked is valued at $8.25. A maximum of 5 hours per week ($41.25) can be earned and spent in our thrift store and grocery. Any money not spent each month remains in your account to be spent when needed.
Salt & Light will work with you to find a volunteer role that lines up with your unique gifts and abilities.
AS WE HAVE CONTINUED TO GROW, THE INTEREST IN OUR PROGRAMMING HAS OUTPACED OUR RESOURCES – BOTH FINANCIALLY AND MISSIONALLY. IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO US TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR RESOURCES AND TO STAY TRUE TO OUR MISSION OF RELATIONAL MINISTRY.
DUE TO THESE REASONS, WE HAVE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED TAKING IN NEW CREDIT-EARNING MEMBERS. NEW MEMBERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AS SOON AS RESOURCES WILL ALLOW.
What does being a “member” at Salt & Light mean?
“Members” at Salt & Light are people who have opened credit-earning accounts with us. While our stores are open to the public, and we hope everyone will come and shop with us, we understand that there are individuals and families in our community who need financial support in meeting their everyday needs. A membership at Salt & Light helps people afford to buy what they need by letting them earn store credit through volunteering. For the last three years in a row, our members have earned more than a quarter of a million dollars annually in volunteer credit, which is spent on food, clothing, furniture, and other items in our stores.
Why is Salt & Light not currently accepting new members?
As Salt & Light has continued to grow, many people in the community have welcomed the opportunity to open accounts with us, earning credit and gaining the other benefits that come with volunteering. We never want to have to turn away an individual or a family in need, but like any organization, our resources are not infinite, and we are limited to offering the assistance that those resources will support. Interest in being a part of our programs has continued to grow at such a rate that we have exceeded those limits; as a result, we are temporarily unable to support any new accounts.
How long will this last?
Unfortunately, we do not have a date when we will resume accepting new members. We will be able to do so only as resources allow. Our hope is to be able to accept limited numbers of new participants as soon as possible.
Can I be on a wait-list for membership?
Yes. We will be taking names and contact information for prospective new members, so that when our program is able to accommodate additional people, we can get in touch with you to let you know. To be added to the wait-list, please call our offices at 217-355-5654; our reception staff will take your name, phone number, and email address. If any part of your information changes, it is your responsibility to update it with us so that we will remain able to contact you.
What if it’s an emergency?
As always, if you have an emergency such as a flood, house fire, crisis child care placement, or other similar situation, Salt & Light offers a dollar amount of emergency credit for use in our stores, based on household size and intended for use in your specific emergency. For ongoing situations of need, we suggest dialing 211 to get information on other community resources that may be of assistance until our program re-opens.
How can I help?
Becoming able to serve more people requires increasing our organizational resources. Since Salt & Light is a donation-supported community non-profit, there are several ways you can help us become able to do more. Check our website at www.saltandlightministry.org for more details on each of these items.
SHOP -The easiest and most helpful thing you can do to help us increase our resources is to become a regular customer. Salt & Light is not just a place for people in need; we are a community grocery store. When you buy groceries here, the money you spend goes directly into our programming, helping us purchase our groceries and offer our volunteer credit.
DONATE – Donations of material goods like clothing, furniture, and household items for resale in our thrift stores help to generate both sales, and income from the recycling of items that aren’t suitable for resale. These program revenues are critical to our sustainability—in fact, they currently make up close to 80% of our needed operating costs. Our remaining needs are covered by financial donations. By becoming a monthly donor, of any amount, you are contributing directly to the programming that supports individuals and families in this community.
ADVOCATE – While we make our best effort to reach all sectors of the community with information about our programming, we know that many people still don’t realize that we are now a grocery store, where community shopping is a donation that helps others in need. Promoting Salt & Light on social media, arranging speaking opportunities for our staff, and just generally spreading the word about what we do here is a great way to help increase our resources as an organization.
VOLUNTEER – Volunteering is a donation of time that helps us increase our organizational capacity. When you spend time volunteering with us, your contribution allows us to do more to run our programs and support the people who participate in them. We’d love to welcome you as part of our Salt & Light family.