Serving First Responders & Residents Near Sharp Fire

Monday, August 12, 2013
Fire

Emergency Disaster Services teams of The Salvation Army have been serving on the scene of the Sharp fire near Wrightwood, CA since Friday. The fire, which erupted last…

Read More

Salvation Army is Cooling Off Communities in Need

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Pride Parade 2013 49

The July 4th holiday is summer at its best if you have a place to beat the heat. Weather predictions for this summer indicate that while the heat…

Read More

College Athlete Finds Path to Success with SA

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

LaRon Armstead is a remarkable young man. He is a former Loyola Marymount University (LMU) athlete who towers at 6’5. Today, he is a 23 year-old graduate student…

Read More

Food Company’s “No Waste” Policy Benefits Long Beach Families in Need

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Salvation Army USA West-Flikr4

Small businesses make a big difference for charities. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), 75 percent of small companies donate to charities each year, averaging a…

Read More

Grateful & Giving Back

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Pat Riley (middle) stands with fellow volunteers at a Dodger's game last spring where he was collecting money for tornado victims of the South.

Not only is Pat Riley the go-to guy for all things related to the Social Services arm of The Salvation Army Corps in Pasadena, he’s the go-to guy for inspiration.

You see, his passion for serving others is so apparent that he was the first person mentioned by our friends in the west when we said we were looking for “stars”: Salvation Army employees deserving a spotlight for their good work.

Read More

Get Creative with Japan Relief Fundraising

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Since Japan was struck by disaster just over a week ago, the immediate reaction of so many Americans was, “What can I do to help?” I’ve been wonderfully overwhelmed by responses from blog readers like you, leaving comments and asking questions about how you can show your support.

When people work hard to use their talents and good ideas for the purpose of disaster fundraising, amazing things result. On The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Expect Change blog, they’ve shared some creative efforts going on right now in the San Francisco Bay Area of California!

One involves an 11 year-old piano and singing prodigy Shane Tuner. Another is a local radio station’s “Bid on Britney for Japan Relief” auction – and yes, they do mean Britney Spears.

Read the full story here how some compassionate, creative people are using every opportunity to support Japan.

Read More

San Bruno Fire Update: Field Report Podcast and Relief Efforts

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Salvation Army’s Disaster Radio has released a new podcast about our efforts in response to the tragic San Bruno fire.

Community members and Salvation Army personnel Major Kelly Pontsler and Lt. Anthony Barnes discuss their experience as they jumped into action following the gas explosion.
Listen to the podcast here: Disaster Radio Field Report – San Bruno Gas Explosion

RELIEF EFFORTS UPDATE

IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE
The Salvation Army is partnering with other relief organizations to provide aid, counseling, and practical immediate support to those families displaced by the fiery gas line explosion on September 9. At the Local Assistance Center (at the San Bruno Veterans Recreational Center), The Salvation Army is providing families with:

· Vouchers to Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores, to assist with the purchase of household items, clothing, or other resources as families begin to move into new housing.
· Target gift cards, giving families the ability to purchase the supplies they need
· Long distance phone cards
· The option to sign-up for FREE appointments with a Salvation Army Caseworker, for helpful assistance and additional counseling well into the future.

LONG TERM ASSISTANCE
After the smoke clears and families begin to think about long-term recovery and rebuilding, The Salvation Army will be available to provide counseling and caseworker services. Some of the services include rental assistance, utility assistance, clothing/furniture vouchers, food, and referrals. San Bruno Fire survivors seeking caseworker or counseling support can contact The Salvation Army of South San Francisco at 650-266-4591 to schedule an appointment or inquire about additional services.

DONATIONS TO ASSIST SURVIVORS
Thanks to the generosity of the San Bruno and greater Bay Area communities, The Salvation Army have been inundated with donations of clothing and blankets from the public. While clothing donations are always good, the following items are VERY helpful for rebuilding homes or just bringing comfort to those displaced:

· furniture (couches, tables, chairs, desks, dressers)
· small appliances (microwaves, small refrigerators, coffee machines, etc.),
· electronics (TVs, radios, clocks, DVD players, etc.)
· pictures, art
· shoes
· DVDs, videos, CDs
· Other misc. household goods (kitchenware, etc.)

While material donations are indeed helpful, financial gifts give a greater ability to provide the appropriate goods to families for rebuilding their homes and lives. 100% of all donations made to the Salvation Army San Bruno Fire Disaster Relief fund will go to help those affected by this catastrophe.

ONLINE: www.SalvationArmyUSA.org

PHONE: 1-800-Sal-Army (1-800-725-2769)

MAIL:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 80066
Prescott, AZ. 86304-8066

Be sure to designate donations for “San Bruno Fire Relief”

For more information and updates, visit The Salvation Army’s Golden State Division website at www.tsagoldenstate.org.

Read More

Salvation Army Service Plays on Compton’s Hip-Hop, Musical Roots

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.

Read More

Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! As we recognize those who gave their lives in service to our nation, do you plan to participate in any events taking place around your community? The Salvation Army will be out and about, so make plans to join us!

Here are just a few of the many ways The Salvation Army will be serving others and recognizing Memorial Day:

San Francisco Bay Area, California – Since 1924, The Salvation Army has held an annual Memorial Day service at Cypress Lawn to honor our fallen soldiers. They will continue the tradition this Sunday, when they’ll remember service members with song, prayer, scripture, and an inspirational message. Click here for more info on this and other area events.

Nashville, Tennessee – Member s of the community are invited to honor veterans and their families at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day, where food and beverages will be served throughout the day. Visitors are welcome to share their war and Salvation Army service stories.

Davenport, Iowa – The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) will take members of its recovery program for a fun day at the county park, where they’ll be able to relax with their families and grill out. Plus, members of the Salvation Army’s Des Moines ARC will also join and challenge Davenport in a friendly game of softball.

Kodiak, Alaska – During the annual Kodiak Crab Festival, The Salvation Army will team up with the local fire department to serve delicious homemade doughnuts to festival attendees. They estimate that they’ll make and serve about 1,500 doughnuts!

Seattle, Washington – On Saturday and Sunday The Salvation Army will sponsor a community volunteer event at the State Convention Center to pack a million meals for Haiti earthquake survivors. Just a few hours of your time can make a huge difference for those in need. Follow the link to volunteer: http://salvationarmynw.org/haiti/ .

Read More

The Competition is On for Noah’s ARC Interior Design Challenge

Monday, April 12, 2010

A few weeks ago we told you about Noah’s ARC Interior Design Challenge, in which student designers used recycled items to create inspired, themed rooms within several California Salvation Army Family Thrift stores .

Below are a few photos that may look like they’re from a high end home store magazine, but believe it or not, they are some of the amazing rooms the students staged with items they found in the Thrift stores! The contest is running from April 10 to April 24, at the end of which the student team with the most inspired design will be honored, and a silent auction will be held for the furniture and decorative pieces used in the challenge. Proceeds will help financially support The Salvation Army’s local Adult Rehabilitation Center which provides no-cost drug and alcohol treatment for the people who need it.

For more photos and information, visit The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Flickr page here and their Expect Change blog.

And be sure to leave us a comment about which is your favorite design!

Read More