Youth at The Salvation Army San Francisco Kroc Center had an incredible surprise visit today from the band Honor Society while they were in town for their “Here Comes Trouble” tour! The guys took time out of their busy schedule to hang out with their new fans and everyone had a BLAST! Jason, Andrew, Alex, and Michael signed autographs and played pool, air hockey, and foosball with all the kids.
Here are a few photos of the fun. You can find more at The Salvation Army San Francisco’s facebook page. Also, check out the band’s tour stops and Twitter updates at their sites www.honorsocietyonline.com and www.honorsocietylive.com.
The Salvation Army will announce today $10 Million in EviRenew Recovery Grants for 5 New Orleans neighborhoods. 125 Grants of $75,000 will be awarded to assist these deserving areas in developing Green Home sustainability projects.
EnviRenew is a Salvation Army initiative focused on making home-ownership costs more affordable through comprehensive green building standards and is a part of The Salvation Army’s ongoing recovery efforts in New Orleans. Energy efficient housing lowers owner’s expenses, enabling low and fixed income households to put aside more money towards savings and helps them achieve a better quality of life.
Working side by side with neighborhood associations, rebuilding agents, and community members themselves, Envirenew will establish replicable, sustainable standards for the area’s revitalization efforts.
EnviRenew’s four programs include:
· Grants for the new construction of 125 affordable, sustainable homes and homeownership grants for community-capacity builders (i.e. teachers and first responders)
· 125 home rehabilitations
· 250 $500 Green Home Sustainability Packages (home weatherization)
· EnviRenew Home Solar Program
“Kicking off EnviRenew is a great way to celebrate Easter by giving continued hope to those waiting to return home after a long journey of despair,” stated Captain Ethan Frizzell of The Salvation Army in Greater New Orleans.
Members of the community are invited to attend this exciting event! Details are below:
What: EnviRenew Recovery and Renewal Grants Announcement
Where: The Salvation Army Greater New Orleans Area Command
4526 S. Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125
When: 2:00 P.M.
April 1, 2010
Why: To announce the five Greater New Orleans neighborhoods that will receive 125, $75,000 for community capacity and funding for additional Green Home sustainability projects.
Guests: Capt. Ethan Frizzell, Area Commander, The Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans
For more information about The Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans, visit their website here.
Do you have plans yet for Easter? Consider celebrating or supporting your community through events being held by The Salvation Army during this sacred weekend.
Units across the country will be holding sunrise (or “Sonrise”) services on Sunday, April 3 that community members are invited and encouraged to attend! Contact your local Salvation Army community center for more information about what’s going on near you. Here are just a few different types of events and services that The Salvation Army has planned:
San Francisco’s 88th annual Easter Sunrise Service at Mt. Davidson Cross, located atop the city’s highest peak, will take place Sunday at 7AM. The free, citywide nondenominational event will feature the talented Salvation Army Brass Ensemble, along with musical performances by a bagpiper, gospel singer, and youth choir. It will be a beautiful scene of worship as gatherers of diverse backgrounds and denominations join at the foot of our nation’s largest cross in honor of the sacrifice and resurrection.
Many other Salvation Army units will be holding sunrise or regular Sunday services, with some even hosting a breakfast. The Men’s Club of Salvation Army Battle Creek, Michigan are cooking their annual Sonrise Breakfast with pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk and coffee, and The Salvation Army in Tucson, Arizona is collecting ham, eggs, potatoes, and pastries for the 600 people in need they plan to serve.
Other activities are spread throughout the week, such as a Saturday Easter Carnival being thrown by The Salvation Army in Waco, TX, and an Easter Egg Hunt being held in Bloomington Indiana, also on Saturday.
Do you know anyone in need of an Easter outfit? Our community center in Macomb County, Michigan is holding their annual Dress an Angel Program on Friday that lets children choose a dress, skirt or pant outfit.
And Easter baskets donated by churches, businesses, and organizations will be auctioned off by The Salvation Army in eastern Pennsylvania to raise money for the uninsured to help pay for their prescriptions.
Hopefully you can find some way to worship or be involved on this holy holiday. Happy Easter!
You may know the band Honor Society from their hit singles “Where Are You Now” and “Over You,” and the music video they did with The Salvation Army for the song “White Christmas.” (The guys are great Red Kettle Bell Ringers, by the way!)
Michael, Jason, Andrew, and Alex are partnering with The Salvation Army again as they tour across the United States during April and May. The band will volunteer time during some of their tour stops to support local Salvation Army programs and host canned food drives, so stay updated through our blog, Facebook, and Twitter as we provide more information about events near you!