Augusta’s homeless, hungry and recovering addicts received a big gift Monday because of a longtime auto dealership family.
Andy and Connie Jones, of Gerald Jones Auto Group, donated $100,000 to The Salvation Army of Augusta’s Center of Hope. The money was used to begin an endowment named for Jones’ father, who started the auto group more than 30 years ago, and his mother.
The Gerald and Betty Jones Center of Hope Endowment will be a source of permanent financial support for The Salvation Army’s social service programs. The Center of Hope, 1384 Greene St., provides an emergency shelter, women’s and children’s shelter, a daily soup kitchen and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
The younger Jones, who has served on The Salvation Army board of directors for three years, said he hopes the endowment encourages others to donate to the charity organization.
“If you want to live in a good community, you have to participate,” Jones said.
The endowment was announced at a news conference at the Center of Hope attended by the board of directors and Gerald and Betty Jones.
Also at the presentation, Andy and Connie Jones were honored with the inaugural Doing the Most Good Award. The award will be given annually to recognize dedication to The Salvation Army mission, leadership, high moral character and service to the community.