The executive director of The Salvation Army of McHenry County is leaving her position to relocate to Missouri.
Carol Lewis will transfer to her new position as divisional development director in the Midland Division on July 2, according to a news release from The Salvation Army of McHenry County.
Lewis said the new position is “quite an undertaking, quite an honor and quite a privilege, as well.”
Lewis’ future position will serve the Missouri and southern Illinois region, and her role will include leading fundraising efforts for the division.
“It’s quite a transition to go from a local agency nonprofit where you touch all the work of the Army for the state to a divisional level where you serve a specific role,” Lewis said.
Lewis grew up as a fifth generation Salvationist and became a Salvation Army officer in 2005. She graduated from the College of Officers training in Chicago with her husband, Scott, and they both were appointed to Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.
While an active-duty officer, Scott soon died, and Lewis then was transferred to The Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters in Chicago. Lewis then moved to McHenry County, according to the release.
Lewis said The Salvation Army’s mission is to “bring hope into people’s lives.”
“These last four years have been about building The Salvation Army’s capacity to serve. The Salvation Army’s chief capacity is to bring hope into people’s lives and to serve people when they feel like they run out of hope,” Lewis said. “That has been such a joy and a pleasure and an honor to work with community partners, other organizations in McHenry County, other churches, working with government and serving the communities around McHenry County, serving the people who most need the help.”
Beverly Peterson, The Salvation Army Winnebago County director of development, said she met Lewis as a teenager, and she is more like family.
“She’s just been out there engaging people, talking to [people] about the mission of The Salvation Army, finding out their interests and how they would want to be a community partner, letting people know the services we provide for those in need in the community,” Peterson said.
The Salvation Army of McHenry County advisory board will honor Lewis at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Studio 2015 Jewelry, 11701 Catalpa Lane, Woodstock.
Lewis said “The Salvation Army advisory board are some of the most marvelous, gifted and dedicated people I have ever worked with.”
“This open house’s focus is on The Salvation Army, and really my goal is to pass the baton,” Lewis said.
The public is welcome to attend the event. RSVP to Mark Daniels at golfcart14.sbcglobal.net.