Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The following was contributed by Guest Blogger Brooke Newsom, Unit Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of the Kerrville Kroc Center.
Last week as the kids were loading off the bus to attend The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, I noticed a kindergartner running down the hall.
“Use your walking feet please.” I said as I glanced down at his shoes. I noticed there were no socks on his feet, so I asked him why he wasn’t wearing any.
He shrugged and said, “I don’t have any socks.” I prodded a little more, “You don’t have ANY socks at all?” He shrugged again, “I only get socks when I stay the night at my grandma’s house.”
In the back of my mind I remembered that we had a few packs of boy’s socks, of all things, that were donated to us during the summer time, just sitting in my office.
I asked him, “Would you like me to give you some socks?”
I did not know that a child could get so excited about something as simple and basic as socks. After helping him put a pair on and re tie his shoes, he looked up hopeful and asked, “Do I get to keep the whole package?”
“Yes.” I replied and sent him back to his classroom, hugging his new socks to his chest.
As an after school program director, it is easy to forget the “big picture” when working with the youth we serve. This child reminded me of the truly important things, such as filling a basic need that a child has. The Salvation Army has been meeting needs for a very long time, and I am grateful we haven’t forgotten the small things. We haven’t forgotten the socks.
To learn more about the ways that you can donate to The Salvation Army – whether monetarily or through goods such as clothing, furniture and household items – please visit our website at www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org.
In keeping with the mission of The Salvation Army, The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers provide facilities, programs and services that encourage positive life-changing experiences for children and adults, strengthen families, and enrich the lives of seniors. Click here to learn more about The Salvation Army Kroc Centers.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Salvation Army raised $9,551.26 in the “Today” Show Tag Sale Auction this past weekend thanks to support from eager bidders, NBC’s “Today” Show and E-bay!
The highest bid was $3,000 for Ann Curry’s items: two pairs of heels, a pink mariachi hat and the torch she carried at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. The other highest bids were $1,525 for Lester Holt’s electric guitar and $1,277.77 for Matt Lauer’s ties, boomerang and artwork.
100% of the proceeds from this auction will go directly to fund The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC). Each ARC provides physical, spiritual, social and emotional assistance to adults coping with addictions. Each center offers housing, work, and counseling. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal working life. Your donation to The Salvation Army ARC can save someone’s life.
Read true stories of recovery.
Thank you for bidding and for your support of The Salvation Army!
Friday, October 7, 2011
The Salvation Army is among many cutting edge non-profits embracing mobile marketing and emerging technologies to spread information and forge new relationships with the younger demographic. Mobile marketing has proven to be an effective means for dispersing information…
The Salvation Army’s Daily Cup Social Justice mobile application – introduced back in December – is a finalist for The Effective Mobile Marketing Awards in the “Most Effective Mobile Charity Campaign/Solution” category!
The program, created by DIDMO and used by thousands, is a free source for all important information about social justice issues such as hunger, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and natural disasters. Yes, there’s even an app for all of those things! The application allows us to spread good news of our work for social justice and enables members to donate to worthy causes directly from their phones.
Did you know The Salvation Army’s Western Territory was recently named a tech leader by Industry Magazine for the seventh year in a row? Their newest project called PeopleCount which launches later this year uses social media to allow insight into the weekly happenings around the territory and encourages feedback among users. Read more here!
We reflect on the loss of the innovative Steve Jobs this week with hearts of appreciation. Without his creative genius producing devices and programs facilitating the information flow, our message would have been missed by thousands.
Click here to download the Daily Cup Social Justice app!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Did you know that coffee is the second-most traded commodity on earth? Most of our favorite pick-me-up is produced in impoverished countries of the “bean belt” – the area between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Back in May, The Salvation Army’s Western Territory shared with us their amazing efforts to support poor coffee producers in Vietnam through their Brewing Hope Initiative.
Supporting this program and going a few steps farther, The Salvation Army of Southeast Portland has really raised the bar – the barista bar that is! Just like your local coffee haunt, they’ve recently built the very first Salvation Army in-store café at their location, serving Salvation Army’s own Brewing Hope coffee! So, after long hours of shopping for all the goods one can expect to find at a Salvation Army thrift store, shoppers can also take a load off, have a latte and take advantage of the free café wifi. What an innovative way to make shopping that much more enjoyable for customers!
Also, money raised at the café will support social programs in Vietnam. Could it get any better?
Check out the pictures from our friends in the Western Territory at their Expect Change Blog Here!
There’s more to the Brewing Hope Coffee than the taste. Want to learn more or order your own? Visit www.dbsthriftconnection.com/brewing-hope.php.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The competition is heated as folks bid on donated items from “Today” Show anchors and staff. Starting at $0 this morning at 8:00 a.m., bids have exceeded expectations!
Here are the current bids for the auction items:
Matt Lauer: $425
Ann Curry: $2,225
Al Roker: $511
Natalie Morales: 90.99
Savannah Guthrie: $142.50
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb: $290
Kathie Lee Gifford: $200
Hoda Kotb: $102.50
Lester Holt: $430
Amy Robach: $157.50
Jenna Wolfe: $228.50
There’s still time for you to take part in the auction. Click on a name above or visit www.Ebay.com/SalvationArmyUSA to place your bid on a celebrity package – each containing very unique items! All proceeds will be donated directly to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers – we think that’s a pretty good trade!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Ever dreamed of owning something that belonged to a celebrity? How about tennis rackets, cowboy hats, and shoes of the stars? Your time has come! NBC’s Today Show has partnered with The Salvation Army and Ebay to host an online auction called “Today’s” Tag Sale.
All items up for bid belong to NBC anchors and staff and all proceeds will go directly to The Salvation Army. So not only could you own that autographed bobble head of Al Roker that you’ve been searching for, but the money you spend will be donated directly. Within an on-going recession, tag sales and yard sales are increasingly popular – and people are starting to realize that they can find some real steals.
Get your Pocket Books Ready – The sale starts Wednesday, October 5 at 8 a.m. ET.!
If you’d like to bid on the items below, please visit www.ebay.com/TheSalvationArmyUSA. You can also click on the familiar names below!
Here’s a rundown on the items up for bid:
Beaded face of Matt Lauer – done by a local artist on Matt’s ‘Where in the World’ trip to Capetown, South Africa
Two Matt Lauer ties – one purple, one blue
Boomerang from a ‘Where In the World’ Trip
Torch carried by Ann Curry at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games, 2002
Two pairs of heels
Pink mariachi hat
Autographed Bobble Head of ‘Al’
Special Edition Elvis Mr. Potato Head – original package
Matchbox collector’s car – 50th Anniversary of Today and Matchbox.
Olympic vest – Vancouver, 2010
Autographed tennis racket
Natalie’s golf shoes (by Foot Joy)
Cuba leather handbag
Salano hair dryer – for that ‘Anchor Hair’ look; this dryer has travelled all around the world with Savannah
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb
Autographed bowling pins featured in a bowling shoot.
Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee’s Dresses – five of them!
Autographed cowboy hat (from shoot with Kathie Lee in San Antonio Texas . Hoda: “We drank a lot of margaritas in this hat. It’s a party hat…you have to have a huge head to wear this hat.”
Hoda Cabbage Patch Kid – in Hoda’s ‘likeness’
Large wine goblet with ‘Hoda’ on it
Bonus: signed book about New Orleans
Autographed Ibanez Bass Guitar (Lester is a great bass player; this is a practice guitar he keeps in the office -like new!
Beth Rowley coat – size 2
Coach leather bag
Bonus items: two necklaces and earrings
Leather racing suit, including jacket, pants and size 7 boots (Jenna
rode and raced in this suit along the Pacific Coast Highway
Bonus item: Yellow Softball when Jenna played with the
US Olympics Women’s Team (Vancouver); autographed by Jenna
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The Kroc Center of Greenville, SC certainly knows how to throw a party! Last weekend, the brand-new Center hosted a three-day extravaganza of events to formally welcome the community and to celebrate the long-awaited opening. But I suppose after seven years of planning, fundraising and waiting – the party was richly deserved!
Appropriately named Kroctoberfest, the weekend offered just about any form of entertainment you could fancy. The opening gala on Thursday night presented live and silent auctions with proceeds benefitting the many programs that will be offered at the Center. Special guests George Hincapie, Tour de France champion, and Jane Robelot, nationally acclaimed television news correspondent, were among the VIPs at the event.
Area kids enjoyed soccer and tennis clinics, arts and crafts, zumba dance parties, and basketball in the gymnasium. Not to be dismayed: the 76,000-square-foot facility also boasts a 25 yard lap pool with a water slide, a boys and girls club, a fitness center, and an impressive theater and worship center – all to be enjoyed at the grand opening October 17.
Along with touring the facilities, guests enjoyed an inspiring concert from the Greenville Symphony Orchestra on Saturday afternoon – the first live performance in the Collins Performing Arts & Worship Center.
The weekend appropriately ended on Sunday with a worship service- the first ever at the Kroc Center. A dedication ceremony followed the service with 150 community members witnessing the ribbon cutting- symbolizing the end of seven years’ hard work.
Did you know that there are several Kroc Center locations? As part of Joan Kroc’s vision, the Kroc Centers are strategically placed in communities that prove the most need and sustainability, capable of organizing, fundraising and establishing community support. Good job, Greenville, for making Joan Kroc’s dream a reality!
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Monday, October 3, 2011
If interviewing for a job isn’t stressful enough by itself, there’s nothing worse than the distraction of insecurity about how you appear. I’ve been there, sitting across from three interviewers looking “sharp” until I realize half-way through the “what are your weaknesses?” question that I have a gigantic gaping hole in my pantyhose. So big that I can only assume I was inconspicuously attacked by a small cougar on my way into the meeting. The remaining half-hour was spent with me attempting to pull my skirt down far enough to cover the hole. It wasn’t doing the trick and needless to say, the interview was all downhill from there.
Confidence is definitely a necessary attribute for landing the job you want. And The Salvation Army of Massillon, OH is dishing it out with their new Working Clothing Closet program. Area residents who are eligible for participation in the program can receive three professional outfits, shoes and accessories.
After realizing the need for the program amid the recession and noticing a perfectly good, unused storage room at their new building, Salvation Army employees put their plan into action. With help from local non-profit Quota Club, the storage facility was redesigned in boutique-fashion complete with comfortable changing rooms and decor. Salvation Army employees sorted through hoards of clothes to find the business-appropriate selections that would be of interest to the female participants.
We’re always amazed at the ingenuity behind programs like this and the love that is outpoured from the community involved – evident at Salvation Army locations nationwide. What a neat way to fill the need!
There are two amazing results of your donation at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store: First, you fill a local need and make programs possible like the Working Clothing Closet mentioned above. Secondly, the profit made from re-selling your donated clothes directly funds our Adult Rehabilitation Clinics. Click Here to Learn More.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Salvation Army of Chicago, IL partnered with Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois on Monday to launch Ways to Work, a program that offers low-interest loans to low-income working parents with bad credit. The program, which is funded primarily by federal, state and local government and loaned more than $58 million to more than 27,000 families since its beginning, enabling parents to buy or repair used cars.
The goal of the program is to help improve borrowers’ credit scores as well as to encourage self-sufficiency and meaningful employment. The primary recipients of the program are single mothers who struggle to meet the demands of both work and family life.
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The program also includes financial education designed to encourage better borrowing habits and gives recipients the right understanding of credit moving forward. The Salvation Army has partnered with Ways to Work to help administer the program.
“With as many as one in six Americans living in poverty, we need to do everything we can to help parents hold down their jobs and provide a stable home for their families, and that often starts with reliable transportation,” said Lt. Col. Ralph Bukiewicz, Commander of The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. “This program also offers an alternative to predatory lenders who charge exorbitantly high interest rates that only push families further into debt.”
As the recession continues to impact families across the nation, The Salvation Army has launched several programs to teach individuals how to manage personal and family finances. By offering classes on financial literacy, the credit system and money management – The Salvation Army’s “Teach a Man to Fish” initiative has helped many people reduce their dependency on social service programs. Click Here to Learn More.
To learn more about Ways to Work or how to apply, please call The Salvation Army at 1 877-601-ARMY or Lutheran Child and Family Services at 1-800-363-LCFS.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The Salvation Army of Milwaukee, WI invites you to buy a burger at popular joint AJ Bombers on Friday, October 14. What’s just a bit more satisfying than a fresh, juicy burger? I digress.
You might be saying, “Donate and pay for delicious food? I simply can’t afford it! Also, I’m on a diet!” But not to worry, burger lovers. Your donation is included in the price so there’s no guilt in this diet splurge.
$1 from every “Sal” burger purchased between 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm that night will go directly to the Milwaukee Salvation Army Emergency Lodge and homeless services. That might be the only thing more fulFILLING than the Milwaukee Burger!
Now you might be asking, “What’s a ‘Sal’ burger?”
A delicious combo of pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, fried onion strings, bomber sauce and optional jalapeño peppers awaits you. Or, try one of the regular, nevertheless delicious burger options on the AJ Bomber’s menu.
Not a foodie? Raffle tickets will also be sold to win sports memorabilia, game tickets and more- with all proceeds benefiting The Salvation Army
Housing over 2,000 people every year, The Salvation Army Emergency Lodge of Milwaukee provides temporary shelter, meals and counseling for the homeless as well as support for children dealing with family crisis. Counseling includes case management services that help to pinpoint the factors that are causing homelessness for the individual.The Lodge’s ultimate goal is to get people back in the community with housing and the right mindset and values moving forward. Residents in the 120-bed facility also have access to job development and placement counseling. Click here to learn more!
We hope you’ll help us to continue providing care for Milwaukee’s homeless population.
AJ Bombers is located at:
1241 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
See you there!