Now Available: 2011 Online Annual Report

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Time for Every Purpose- this is the theme of The Salvation Army’s 2011 Online Annual Report, now available at http://annualreport.salvationarmyusa.org/.

This verse from Ecclesiastes rings true when we reflect back on the challenges and blessings of this last year. We’re reminded – as both an organization and as individuals – of our God-given purpose to serve others during this temporal life.

We’re proud to report that, guided by God’s love and your compassion and support, The Salvation Army served 30 million Americans in 2010!

Our time to fight is always the present. The recession has created a higher demand for food services and a decline in charitable donations. Food shortages were the result, but we were still able to serve 64 million meals in 2010.

Here are some additional numbers:

5: The number of completed and opened Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers in 2010 – there are now 17 completed centers throughout the country!

7,675: The number of operating Salvation Army units nationwide.

$1.82 billion: Total public support – an increase from $1.66 billion in 2009.

$3.24 billion: The amount we spent serving people – an increase from $3.12 billion in 2009

82 cents: …of every spent dollar went towards Salvation Army program services.

In addition, the report includes examples of The Salvation Army’s expanded efforts in the fight against human trafficking.

We couldn’t do any of this without your support and generosity. Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission of “Doing the Most Good”.

“Through every time and for every purpose to which God has called us, The Salvation Army presses on, joyfully and with determination”

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Stay tuned for the Online Video!

Busy Saturday? Let’s Make a Difference!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Are you free on Saturday? Let’s roll up our sleeves!

October 22 is “Make a Difference Day”, the nation’s largest day of volunteering. For over 20 years, USA Weekend Magazine and HandsOn Network have rallied millions on this day of action to volunteer in their communities. Whether large or small, the goal of the event is to encourage people, organizations and businesses to take part in community projects that improve the lives of others.

You can search for pre-planned projects in your area by clicking here.

Feeling entrepreneurial? You can start your own project too!

Take a look around – what needs to be done in your community? Perhaps you could make a point to clean up litter that you see throughout your day. Who cleans your church on a regular basis? I know I take those people for granted. Your efforts can be as simple as offering to rake leaves for your elderly neighbors. Just asking is the best way to get started!

Get inspired and learn about ways others are volunteering on Saturday by visiting the official “Make a Difference Day” Facebook page.

And if you’re still short on ideas, consider reaching out to your local Salvation Army. With the holiday season approaching, there is most likely a need for volunteers in Salvation Army feeding kitchens or Red Kettle bell ringing program.

No matter how you decide to make a difference this Saturday, you’re still helping The Salvation Army fulfill its mission of “Doing the Most Good”.

Thank You for your good works!!

“Doing the Most Good” Because of Your Support!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

“I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” Psalm 140:12

As Americans we’re somewhat conditioned to believe there is always “someone else” taking the financial lead on helping the poor. But in the current economic crisis, that “someone” is a shrinking number.

As you might imagine, charitable organizations are majorly struggling to stay afloat in the current economic climate. The ingredients for wealth – a free market and a stable economy – are the same ingredients that encourage charitable giving. Dwindling bank accounts and lost job security means charitable organizations suffer. And rightfully so: one must take care of their own family before that of others.

But the recession also means there’s a larger demand for need. In fact, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army has seen a 30% increase in requests for financial assistance. Whereas in a healthy economy, charities are normally readily available to help, this overwhelming increase means resources are drying up faster. It seems there is a new story every day about the empty shelves at Salvation Army food banks across the country.

But with your support, The Salvation Army can fill the need. With a presence of over 7,000 locations nationwide, we are ready to provide for those who need housing, clothes, furniture, financial assistance, rehabilitation, spiritual counseling, or toys at Christmas – to name a few.

But we can’t do any of this without your support.

While times are tough and pocketbooks are tight, your love can still be shown in a number of ways. Your monetary donations, whether large or small, make possible our many programs and help thousands in financial despair. Your old coats can keep members of your community warm during the winter months. Your donated goods could change a life at our Adult Rehabilitation Centers. Every bit of your support is immensely appreciated by all and enables your local Salvation Army to fill an ever-increasing need in your community.

You can visit our website to learn more about ways to give. To find out ways that you can help your local Salvation Army fill that need, click here and type in your zip code in the upper-right corner.

Thank You for Your Support of The Salvation Army!

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18

Victory Laps in Charlotte!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Morgan Shepherd is one thoughtful race-car driver! Two more lucky kids joined NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd and his Victory in Jesus Racing Team at Charlotte Motorspeedway’s “Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage” this past friday.

Charlotte Boys and Girls Club members Keddrick and De’Majha had the best seats at the event, enjoying an action-packed race by sitting with the crew chief on the pit-box during the race. Joining the kids were guests Martin Sanders, Director of Development for The Salvation Army Greater Charlotte, and Cedric Cook, Unit Director of the Boulevard Homes Boys & Girls Club.

Shepherd entertained the Salvation Army guests with autographs, pictures, lunch and soft drinks. Thereafter, the group enjoyed a roller-skating exhibition – a favorite past-time of Morgan’s. Guests were then entertained throughout the evening in the infield area during driver introductions, The Star-Spangle Banner, Pre-Race Prayer and the race event on pit row.

Shepherd finished 25th that night, continuing his amazing run of consecutive 28th or better finishes in the last six races!

We’ve blogged about The Salvation Army’s connection with Morgan Shepherd’s Victory in Jesus Racing Ministry in the past. Thanks to a partnership formed by Pack and Ferreira, Shepherd has been sporting the “Doing the Most Good” Salvation Army logo on his #89 car since early 2011.

Amid all of this action, Shepherd turned 70 years-old on Wednesday October 12th. Simple Amazing! We are so thankful for his support of The Salvation Army.

Happy Birthday Morgan Shepherd!