It’s Always Sunny Here Thanks to Walmart Volunteers

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Salvation Army Community Center in West Philadelphia is getting a much needed makeover, thanks to an all hands on deck volunteer effort by Walmart.

The project is part of the Walmart Foundation’s 5-year, $2 billion commitment to fight hunger in the U.S. with food donations, $250 million in grants at the national and local levels, and collaboration with government and non-profit organizations to reach more families in need.

300 Philadelphia-area Walmart volunteers are working this week to complete the renovation, which includes cleaning, painting, installation of new fixtures, artwork and shelving, and food and clothing donations. The volunteers are specifically focusing on updating the community center’s public spaces and food service/emergency response areas.

The Salvation Army is incredibly grateful for this support that will benefit individuals and families in need!

Visit The Salvation Army Philadelphia’s Facebook page (Salvation Army Philadelphia) and Twitter feed (@SalArmyPhilly) for project updates, and find more photos updated daily at Walmart Philadelphia’s page.

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1 Day + 1 Room = 1 Unbelievable Shelter Makeover

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits, Fayetteville Observer

Who among us has not watched a home decorating or makeover TV show, whether it be Trading Spaces, Design on a Dime, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, or something of the like?

It’s just plain fun to vicariously play the part of a designer and flex your creativity and problem-solving skills along with the cast. Perhaps the best part is when us viewers experience the joy of the lucky home owner when they see the big reveal.

Try to contain your excitement if you can because in Fayetteville, North Carolina, The Salvation Army is turning this television event into real life, and you can be a part of it.

They’re looking for amateur decorators, crafters and home improvement gurus to take part in The Salvation Army Shelter Design Challenge! Volunteer teams will have the opportunity to each redecorate 1 room of their Homeless Shelter.

If you have an eye for design, a heart that wants to help, and know how to stretch a budget, learn more about participating at www.salvationarmyfayetteville.org or visit their event page on Facebook. The public will be invited to walk through and vote for their favorite design on September 10.

And of course, the best part of it all will be saved for the 60+ homeless shelter residents who return that evening to a redesigned and redecorated space just for them!

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Racing with Faith in Kentucky

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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Lt. Mark Ferreira (right) was integral in helping establish the partnership between The Salvation Army and Morgan Shepherd (2nd to right) and his Victory in Jesus Racing Team.

Morgan Shepherd and his Victory in Jesus Racing Team competed this past weekend in Kentucky, and this time Salvation Army Lieutenant Mark Ferreira from Portsmouth, Ohio had the opportunity to see them in action.

Lt. Ferraria was invited as a personal guest of Dave Pack, a member of Shepherd’s team, but Ferraria was more than just another spectator. He helped make “The Salvation Army” car happen!

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Great spot – that’s the way to watch a race!

The special partnership between Morgan Shepherd’s Victory in Jesus Racing ministry and The Salvation Army, which we’ve been blogging about for months now, originally started thanks to the hard work and inspired idea of Pack and Ferraria.

The two helped connect Shepherd and The Salvation Army, who have similar ministry goals, and the partnership grew from an event in North Carolina to several races around the country. And with our iconic red shield emblazoned on the hood of Shepherd’s race car, the Victory in Jesus team not only raised awareness of our service and programs throughout the country during difficult economic times, but several youths involved in our programs have had the experience of a lifetime as they’ve attended races as Shepherd’s VIP guests.

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Thanks to Lt. Ferraria and Dave Pack for pursuing this great idea! And we are extremely grateful to Morgan Shepherd and his team for the support they continue to show The Salvation Army.

To learn more about Shepherd’s racing ministry and partnership with The Salvation Army, please visit www.racewithfaith.com. Is this your first time hearing about Morgan Shepherd generously donating the hood of his race car to The Salvation Army? Read our original post here.

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NFL Pro Ruben Brown Supports Salvation Army with 7,000 Mile Motorcycle Ride

Monday, July 11, 2011

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Former Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears All-Pro NFL guard Ruben Brown will kick off his cross country motorcycle run this Friday, July 15, to raise funds for and awareness of The Salvation Army.

As part of the 11th annual Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run, Ruben will travel from the East Coast to West Coast and back again while making pit stops at our community programs along the way.

Having grown up in Salvation Army programs, Brown understands that limited financial or material means does not have to limit someone’s opportunity to achieve something great. That’s why his Ruben Brown Foundation is committed to supporting youth development through athletics, cultural, and educational programs.

We’re excited that he’s using this creative opportunity to help support other kids who are benefitting from Salvation Army programs, just like he did!

You can support Ruben’s Motorcycle Run by donating online at www.RubensRun.com, or give a $10 gift via text message by texting the word “RUN” to 80888.* Ninety percent of all funds donated will go to support the work of The Salvation Army; the remainder will subsidize transportation expenses associated with the Run. Plus, donations will stay in the local community in which it was raised.

Be sure to follow Ruben’s progress at www.facebook.com/rubenbrownfoundation and www.twitter.com/rubenbrownFDFN.

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Ruben Brown, center, is using his motorcycle to make some noise for Salvation Army programs across the country. Photo: The Salvation Army Buffalo

And keep your eyes and ears open – if you hear a rumbling down the street, it may just be Ruben rumbling his way through your neighborhood. Check the schedule below to see if he’ll be visiting a Salvation Army center near you:

* Buffalo, NY (July 15): Ruben’s Run kick off with Salvation Army staff, city officials and local business supporters.
* Lynchburg, VA (July 16): Ruben provides food to Salvation Army clients at the Lynchburg Corps Gymnasium.
* Nashville, TN (July 18): Ruben visits the Madison Corps and takes a motorcycle tour of Madison with the Corps Officer.
* Little Rock, AR (July 22): Ruben rides with the local motorcycle group to The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light to serve breakfast to clients.
* Tulsa, OK (July 23): Ruben visits the Center of Hope in Tulsa, OK and helps serve lunch.
* Dallas – Fort Worth, TX (July 25): Ruben visits kids at The Salvation Army’s Summer Youth Day Camp and later serves lunch at the Mabee Center.
* El Paso, TX (July 26): Ruben visits The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter and later ride with local motorcycle groups to the Texas/New Mexico border.
* Los Angeles, CA (July 30): Ruben visits The Salvation Army Red Shield Youth and Community Center to play with the kids.
* Milwaukee, WI (August 11): Ruben has a Meet and Greet Autograph Session at the Harley Museum’s monthly Bike Night Meeting.

* A one-time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t

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American Idol “Doing the Most Good” for Tornado Survivors

Friday, July 8, 2011

Wait a minute – was that American Idol Ruben Studdard at The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa, Alabama?
You bet it was!
The singer helped distributed food and supplies to about 200 local families of a community that continues to rebuild following April’s destructive tornadoes. The event was part of the Gospel Music Channel’s (GMC) Uplift Someone America Tour.
The Tuscaloosa News has all the information here.

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Here’s a Chance to Help Feed Your Neighbors in Need

Friday, July 8, 2011

This month, The Salvation Army in Portland is partnering with Feed the Children’s Americans Feeding Americans project, and we need your help to make sure 1,600 families get the food they need.

On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 4 semi-trucks full of food boxes, hygiene and household products will roll into Portland, Oregon, where Salvation Army staff and over 100 volunteers will hand out one of each type of box to the city’s less-fortunate families.

We’re looking for volunteers to help make this happen. If you live in the area and would like to join The Salvation Army in “doing the most good,” then click here to learn how to sign up.

If you’re a family in need, you can also click here to visit The Salvation Army Cascade Division’s website and learn about how to qualify for food assistance.

This distribution is the latest stop on Feed The Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has helped more than 100,000 families across the country in cities that have been affected by the nation’s economic downturn. The Salvation Army is grateful to be a part of this effort.

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Show us Your Photo Skills

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Photographers, take note:

All the World magazine, a publication by The Salvation Army International Headquarters in London, is holding a global photography competition. Editor Kevin Sims’ vision is for “people around the world to show us what The Salvation Army is where they live.”

With The Salvation Army working in more than 120 countries, there are many aspects of our organization’s work and worship that are “the same but different.” Do you have the artistic eye to capture the essence of your local Salvation Army on film?

Get creative and show us what you’ve got. This is your opportunity to have your work featured in All the World and featured in a London exhibition, not to mention other great prizes.

To submit photos, email digital files to IHQ-alltheworld@salvationarmy.org, and send print copies to:

All the World Photographic Competition
The Salvation Army
101 Queen Victoria Street
London EC4V 4EH
United Kingdom

Click here to read submission requirements and contest information. Deadline is August 15, 2011, so get to it. Best of luck to all participants!

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Happy Birthday to Us!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to The Salvation Army! We’re a healthy 146 years-old as this week marks the anniversary of our official founding in London, England.

It all started in 1865 when William Booth, a London minister, gave up the comfort of his pulpit and decided to take his message into the streets where it would reach the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute.

His original aim was to send converts to established churches of the day, but soon he realized that the poor did not feel comfortable or welcome in the pews of most of the churches and chapels of Victorian England. Regular churchgoers were appalled when these shabbily dressed, unwashed people came to join them in worship.

Booth decided to start a church especially for them — the East London Christian Mission. The mission grew slowly, but Booth’s faith in God remained undiminished.

In May of 1878, Booth summoned his son, Bramwell, and his good friend George Railton to read a proof of the Christian Mission’s annual report. At the top it read: THE CHRISTIAN MISSION is A VOLUNTEER ARMY. Bramwell strongly objected to this wording. He was not a volunteer: he was compelled to do God’s work. So, in a flash of inspiration, Booth crossed out “Volunteer” and wrote “Salvation”. Thus, The Salvation Army was born.

In 1880, The Salvation Army officially established itself in the United States, and by the 1900s, the Army had spread around the world. We currently serve in 124 nations.

Today you’ll see us in your local communities providing shelter and food, running after school programs, serving the sick and elderly, equipping people with job and life skills, responding to disasters, and finding any way possible to meet the needs around us.

Thank you for your support that has enabled The Salvation Army to continue to serve. We hope you’ll celebrate these 146 years with us by getting to know us a little better by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org, liking us on Facebook (@Salvation ArmyUSA), and following us on Twitter (@SalvationArmyUS). Through these sites we’ll keep you updated on ways to stay involved with us and learn more about causes close to our heart.

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Get Your Golden Ticket

Friday, July 1, 2011

Who hasn’t wished for Charlie’s infectious excitement when he finds a coveted golden ticket in the film favorite “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”?
Starting this July 2 weekend, 5 lucky people will get to live the dream as The Salvation Army of Augusta Kroc Center is distributing five “Golden Tickets” of their own.nThe prize may not be a chocolate factory tour with singing oompa-loompas, BUT winners will get a behind the scenes tour of the Kroc Center, plus a three month membership!
If you live in the Augusta, Georgia area, look in your July Supersaver coupon package that comes in the mail to see if you’ve won a Golden Ticket. Lucky recipients should call the Augusta Kroc Center at (706) 922-0170 to claim your membership and schedule a tour.
Good luck!

PS: The Augusta Kroc Center is holding their Grand Opening weekend August 6. Get more info about all the opportunities this Center will offer at www.krocaugusta.org, or find them on Facebook (@Kroc Center of Augusta) and Twitter (@RJKroc).

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The Salvation Army named “Best Place to Volunteer” in SF Magazine Poll

Friday, July 1, 2011

Congratulations are in order for The Salvation Army of San Francisco! They received top-honors in the 2011 San Francisco Magazine Best of the Bay Area readers’ poll, being voted as “Best Volunteer Action” and “Best Do-Gooder Action” according to the 10,000 ballots that were cast in all categories. This honor comes after a focused effort to revamp The Salvation Army’s volunteer program in San Francisco.

Jaime Smith, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army in San Francisco, came on staff two years ago and took up the challenge to rebuild a fledgling volunteer program.

“My biggest focus was to get the word out,” said Smith. “The public needed to know that we’re here, 365 days a year, and volunteering isn’t limited to just bell ringing and thrift store work, but that The Salvation Army has variety volunteer opportunities for just about everyone.”

In the last two years, The Salvation Army has successfully built volunteer partnerships with a educational institutions and alumni chapters, churches, non-profits, and companies. And of course, The Salvation Army offers volunteer openings for individuals as well.

Tens-of-thousands of people volunteer to help The Salvation Army’s Golden State Division (stretching from San Francisco to Bakersfield, California) each year. Volunteer participation not only occurs during the holidays, it happens year-round, as tutors for after-school programs, teachers for classes, visitors to homebound seniors, and more. The opportunities are limitless.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army in the San Francisco area can sign-up here, or more information about national opportunities are available here.

Read The Salvation Army’s press release here, and find the full results of the 2011 Best of the Bay Area poll at San Francisco Magazine’s website.

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