Thursday, July 29, 2010
When 18 year-old Kevin Grosso set out to accomplish his Leadership Service Project in order to earn his Eagle Scout designation, it sounds like even he was surprised by what he was capable of.
The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project is the culmination of a scout’s training and an opportunity for him to demonstrate his leadership skills. After deciding against some initial project ideas, Kevin determined he wanted to do something that the community truly needed. He then approached his local Salvation Army in Nashua, NH asking how he could be of greatest service to them.
The Nashua Salvation Army just happened to be down to their last few diapers, which they said is always a significant need, so Kevin’s project became suddenly clear: a diaper drive.
In four months, by setting up drop-off stations, seeking donations, and organizing events, Kevin collected an amazing 15,500 diapers, a year’s supply for the Army!
Thanks, Kevin, for your hard work and choosing The Salvation Army as your partnering organization. Our clients will benefit greatly from the diapers you’ve worked tirelessly to collect.
And congratulations on earning your Eagle Scout rank. You earned it!
Read Kevin’s story in full here at The Nashua Telegraph.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
No child wants to have to think about going back to school after experiencing the freedom of summer vacation, but The Salvation Army is thinking ahead for them….
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The Salvation Army’s mission statement declares we serve to “meet human need.” Sometimes this looks like providing for the moment’s immediate need, and other times it means providing with a long term perspective by empowering the disadvantaged with the knowledge to better sustain themselves.
New York’s Newsday.com highlighted a great local Salvation Army response that morphed into an initiative to do both.
When calls from thousands of laid-off workers seeking financial aid inundated the office of Charles Roberts, Area Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Suffolk County, NY, Roberts recognized an opportunity to serve an overwhelming need shared by the community. He knew limited grant funds from Target would help cover some callers’ financial burdens, but Roberts wanted to provide a more valuable resource that would last beyond the next bill.
That’s where he found the inspiration for Families@Home, a financial mentoring program that matches families from Suffolk County with a financial expert in addition to offering monetary assistance towards bills. The idea is to meet emergency needs while also providing knowledgeable professionals to guide families in making wise choices in the long-term.
Read NewsDay.com’s full coverage of the story here: ‘Salvation Army offers financial mentoring’
Many members of the community have taken advantage of the program, but it’s reported funding has almost run out. If you would like to support The Salvation Army’s service to those in financial need, contact The Salvation Army in Suffolk County, NY at 631-363-6100.
Monday, July 26, 2010
There’s only one week left to help The Salvation Army ‘Refresh’ Detroit, so be sure to get your votes in (remember, 1 vote per cause each day)!
The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit has a great idea to use $250,000 of Pepsi Refresh Project grant funds to serve members of their community who are most in need. They’ve set up a plan to provide an additional 55,254 meals and 1,000 more nights of shelter to homeless and at-risk individuals and families. You can find all the details of the proposal at http://www.refresheverything.com/salmich.
The Salvation Army of Detroit is one of the top organizations in the running and needs the support of online voters to earn the grant. If you’d like to support The Salvation Army’s work in supporting families and individuals in need, just follow these easy steps:
1. Visit their proposal page under the ‘Food and Shelter’ category at http://www.refresheverything.com/salmich.
2. Click ‘Vote for This Idea’
3. Follow the prompts
Thanks for your support!
For more information about how The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit is “doing the most good,” visit their website at www.salmich.org or find them on Facebook and Twitter @salmich.
For additional background on the Pepsi Refresh Project, click here.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
This summer in Glendale, California, one family made a seemingly ordinary move into a new 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment within a small complex pleasantly named Chester Village.
However, for this mother, this was an extraordinary event as it was the first time in several years that she and her young children were finally all living together under one roof. For her, this new home represented a world of fresh beginnings and opportunities after overcoming substance abuse and homelessness, struggles that contributed to the state at one point removing her children from her care. But now, after showing her commitment to stay clean, she’s found a chance to turn her life around and offer her family stability in their new home at Chester Village.
In fact, all the families living in the 4 unit complex of Chester Village share something in common with this experience of hardship. That’s because the apartments are a unique development by The Salvation Army of Glendale meant to house formerly homeless families in order to help them transition into a stable and self-sufficient lifestyle. To qualify for housing at least one parent must have a disability stemming from substance abuse, but in order to reside in the apartment they must also have completed a substance abuse program and commit to sobriety, as well as stay for 3-5 years and show a pursuit of more education or job skills training.
The Salvation Army, with the support of the city of Glendale, overcame many obstacles over several years before finally seeing Chester Village open to accept its first occupants, but just the impact it has had already in inspiring and transforming families once devoid of hope has made the pursuit worth it.
Read more details about Chester Village’s official opening and resident testimonies in an article featured by Glendale News-Press: An army of support
Additional information about how The Salvation Army’s Glendale Corps is doing the most good in their community can be found on their website at www.glendalecorps.org.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
When most young people hear the word “Compton,” the first thought that comes to mind is probably related to one or more of the prolific hip-hop artists who called it home. The city of Compton maintains a rich, although troubled, legacy of rappers and DJs who hail from its storied streets.
With music in the city’s blood, the local Salvation Army has geared their newest service initiative toward this part of the community’s culture by opening a new recording studio within The Salvation Army facility. Here, anyone is welcome to come in, sit down, and express themselves in verse. While most professional recording studios charge exorbitant usage fees , The Salvation Army’s studio offers recording services and use of their state of the art equipment for very nominal costs, making it attractive to a range of clients, from those with musical career aspirations to those newly or casually exploring music and recording.
Producer K9 talks about his involvement with The Salvation Army Compton’s new recording studio and the positive impact it has on the local community. Video: The Salvation Army’s Southern California Division.
Furthermore, it provides a safe environment for at-risk youth and individuals to get off the streets and away from the temptation of gangs, drugs, and violence. While these negative influences are glorified in many popular songs today, The Salvation Army in Compton requires that music recorded in their studio be ‘clean,’ or void of promoting such vices, so that their resources serve to build others up rather than tear them down.
To learn more about this cool initiative you can read the following article from the Los Angeles Wave that provides great insight into the founding and running of The Salvation Army’s recording studio: Salvation Army serves up rhymes in new recording studio
For more information about how The Salvation Army is serving Compton, visit their website at www.salvationarmy-compton.org.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
This may be the most unique fundraiser The Salvation Army has been involved with that I’ve heard of yet…
Crazy Otto’s Empire Diner in New York recently succeeded in making the world’s largest omelet in an effort to not only break previous records but to also raise funds for designated charities including The Salvation Army. The omelet was a whopping 2,500 square feet and designed to look like a pool table! So how does one make a gigantic, pool table-shaped omelet? The recipe includes:
– 45,000 eggs
– 150 lbs butter
– 100 gallons milk
– 200 lbs cheese
– Plus: 300 volunteers, 110 tables, 14 grills, and a tractor trailer to deliver the ingredients!
Hungry onlookers were able to take a shot on the edible pool table for only $1, as well as enter into a raffle for fun prizes. Tens of thousands of dollars were raised, half of which will be donated to The Salvation Army.
We love it when people find creative ways to give back to their community, and “creative” is an understatement in this case! But did you know that this isn’t the first time Otto’s has set an omelet world record? Read more about this unique charity fundraiser here in New York’s Evening Telegram.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Check our your chance to go on a double date with two of The Salvation Army’s biggest supporters! Chris and Malaak Rock are currently auctioning off the chance for a double date with courtside seats to an upcoming Knicks
Game! Proceeds from the auction will benefit Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service, a program that Malaak started, that takes youth from the Bushwick, Brownsville, and Bedford Salvation Army
Community Centers to Johannesburg, South Africa for 2 weeks of Global Service. Other auction items include VIP tickets to The Tonight Show (and meet w/ Jay Leno), four VIP tickets to the Today Show (and meet w/ Al
Roker), and a unique folding bicycle autographed by Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and David Space. Click here to show your support for the Salvation Army and Journey for Change: http://bit.ly/93eZk1
Monday, July 12, 2010
Video from NBC 10 WBIR News
These days it’s a tough job market.
But The Salvation Army in Knoxville, TN is equipping the unemployed with the tools they need to find jobs despite the challenging climate through their Employment Assistance Program. This program recently hit an exciting milestone this month after placing its 100th client in a full-time position!
The program actually began in 2008 with a one-year grant from the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, but when the grant was not renewed, The Salvation Army’s Director of Programs Ola Blackmon-McBride, decided to continue it rather than let the program die. She has been running the program using Salvation Army resources and personnel since November.
The program averages about 24 new clients a month. More than half of those will stick with the program until they find a job. With limited resources – three computers and one telephone – Case Manager Angela Childers helps clients search for jobs, prepare resumes, write cover letters and prepare for interviews.
Childers deals with a variety of challenges that make it difficult for men seeking to turn their lives around. “Some of the men have a criminal history, most have never put together a resume and few have any experience with a computer or using the internet to find and apply for jobs,” she said. “In addition, the current economy has more qualified job seekers looking for lower level jobs.”
Childers said that the men who apply themselves are still finding work, in spite of the challenges. “If they are putting 100% into the program, it usually takes two to three weeks to find employment.”
The Salvation Army is excited for the new opportunities awaiting these 100 individuals who have persevered through our program and found new jobs, and we can’t wait for the next 100! And thank you to the staff in Knoxville for your efforts everyday in helping others turn their lives around for the better.
Members of the community who would like to support this valuable program and its effort to fight unemployment and homelessness can volunteer or provide in-kind donations, such as toiletries and bus passes as most of the men do not have transportation.
For more information about The Salvation Army Knoxville, visit their website at www.SalvationArmyKnoxville.org.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Speaking of beating the heat…
While The Salvation Army has been working hard to help others find relief from the summer sizzle, even we needed help recently with battling the high temperatures, and we were amazed by the generous aid we received in response!
When the air conditioning units in one of our Salvation Army homeless shelters in Huntsville, Alabama quit working (1 was completely shut down and the few others were only functioning at 30% capacity), the temperature inside the building reached into the 90’s, while outdoors registered above 100 degrees with the heat index. The heat was overwhelming for the shelter’s 60+ clients.
When heating & air business owner Thomas Ridgeway and his wife read a local news story about the shelter’s hardship, the Ridgeways didn’t hesitate to help. In fact, they agreed to postpone their anniversary dinner that evening, and at 11:00pm Thomas was knocking on the shelter door ready to get to work.
Vicki Thomas, director of shelter services, told me Thomas worked til 1:00am that night, and after working full days at his job, he returned to the shelter the next 3 days, arriving late in the night and each time working long past midnight. He repaired compressor motors, fan belts and leaking freon lines. Now, the air conditioners are fixed and they’re running as good as new! After all his hard work and sleepless nights, Thomas didn’t charge the shelter for his services.
Vicki recounted Thomas explaining his generosity as an overflow of the generosity he himself has received. He said the Lord has blessed him and his wife and he wants to in turn bless others, which he certainly did. Vicki called Thomas her “angel.”
Thank you to the Ridgeways for their kind service in our time of need, which enables The Salvation Army to serve others in need!
To read an account of the story covered by The Huntsville Times, click here.