Wednesday, May 25, 2011
We’ve received tons of messages and comments from people wanting to organize donation drives and ship items to recent tornado survivors. If this is you, please read the following important message from FEMA!
Joplin, Missouri is actually overwhelmed with unsolicited donations, like clothes, toys and household items. This can lead to what disaster relief personnel call the “secondary disaster,” in which valuable, life sustaining resources are redirected to sort, transport, store, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of survivors.
Read on to learn how your support doesn’t become “too much of a good thing” for those in need, and please consider giving monetary donations through the options listed here:
KANSAS CITY, MO— To help better manage the outpouring of support for Joplin, Missouri tornado survivors, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether volunteering or donating resources.
The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer those who are impacted or just wanting to help the following advice:
Volunteer or Donate
The easiest way to help is to call 2-1-1 in most areas in Missouri to volunteer time or make a donation. Cash is the best because it offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. Confirm what is needed BEFORE taking action!
Donate in-kind goods that are specifically requested or needed by recognized organizations. Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
Confirm the needs by contacting the voluntary organization of your choice before starting to collect.
If you have a quantity of a given item or class of item to donate, and you need help in determining which organizations to give to, you can make your offer through http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/fema after this, just click on Missouri.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Kansas City Chiefs are proving they have big hearts for tornado survivors. The team is donating $35,000 to disaster-relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri and Reading, Kansas.
They’re also partnering with us at The Salvation Army to host a bottled-water drive at Arrowhead Stadium. If you’re a Kansas City resident or live nearby, this is a great way for you to help too. Here’s what you need to know:
Kansas City Chiefs Bottled Water Drive for Disaster Relief
WHAT: Donate Cases of Bottled Water, Cash, and Checks (Made out to Heart-to-Heart International)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 12:00am – 7:00pm and Wednesday, May 25, 7:00am – 7:00pm
WHERE: Arrowhead Stadium, Lot C, Kansas City, MO
WHY: Help Support Disaster Relief Efforts in Missouri and Kansas! Financial assistance and water are identified as the greatest need.
All bottled-water donations will be distributed by The Salvation Army at our four mobile feeding kitchens stationed in Joplin. The Chiefs are also accepting financial donations for Heart-to-Heart International for disaster recovery efforts in Joplin and Reading.
We hope you’ll come out to show your support! The Salvation Army would like to offer a huge thanks to The Kansas City Chiefs, their broadcast partners, and the public for all the great ways you’re assisting storm survivors. If you have any questions about the event, learn more at kchiefs.com.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Tornadoes have slammed Missouri and several states in the central US, where need is high and the fatality rate is expected to rise. The Salvation Army is on the scene throughout Missouri, Kansas, and Minnesota, and your monetary donations are vital in making sure we can continue our work there.
To support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, you can donate:
* Online at www.salvationarmyusa.org. Designate Specific Use for “Joplin Relief.”
* Over the phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
* Via text. Send “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Confirm when prompted with “yes.”
Many have asked about donating in-kind items, such as clothes, toys, or furniture. The Salvation Army is not accepting gifts in-kind, as there are not suitable facilities to store these items, and manpower to sort and transfer them are also limited. Monetary gifts are flexible and portable, and they allow our disaster teams to purchase the exact supplies they need, when they need them, in the amounts they need them. Click here for more information on this topic.
The local Salvation Army centers have not expressed a need for volunteers at this time, but you can register your name here in our disaster database should a need arise.
Friday, May 20, 2011
These are amazing.
These 1960’s vintage fundraising ads from The Salvation Army UK are gritty, real, and challenging. The stark ads and posters and the massive campaign behind them were a progressive, bold step for the Army.
As Kathy Lovin explains in the Western Territory’s Expect Change blog, The Salvation Army pushed the envelope to try to reveal the alarming truth of conditions faced by the country’s most vulnerable citizens and raise $1 million British pounds (or $22 million dollars in the US today) for their aid.
Click here to see more ads and read about the Army’s groundbreaking work on Kathy’s blog.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Earthquakes. Tornadoes. Floods. Unfortunately, there’s been no lack of natural disasters of late, and The Salvation Army is responding in the US and all over the world. At the same time, we’re very thankful to say there’s no shortage of public support either.
If you scroll through the comments on our blog’s disaster posts or Facebook updates, we get message after message from people wanting to help. While we tell supporters that financial contributions are best, many ask about donating gifts-in-kind, meaning items other than money, such as clothes, furniture, toys, food, etc.
People have asked why we don’t always accept gift-in-kind donations for disasters. Shouldn’t we donate as much as possible to people in need? The aforementioned items are great, but they’re not always what’s needed the most by disaster survivors. Sometimes, they can actually be more harmful than helpful…even when they’re donated with the best intentions.
And that’s what many tornado relief workers are grappling with right now in the southern US, as reported by the Daily Mail: A 3 ft Santa Claus and used underwear: Bizarre donations swamp tornado disaster workers
So how do donors still give generously while making sure their donations go the furthest in serving those in need? Be informed. Reach out to a charity/relief agency to see what it is they need before you donate. And remember, financial donations are the most flexible and portable.
The Salvation Army’s Disaster website has an article on this subject that every donor should be aware of: Why Send Money When I Have All This Stuff I Could Send?
We hope this helps make sense of our donation policies during times of disaster.
P.S. Just because we don’t always accept clothes or in-kind donations for disaster relief, that doesn’t mean your items can’t be put to good use! Donate to our Salvation Army Family & Thrift Stores where they can benefit people in need from your local community.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
We’ve received tons of feedback from people across the US wanting to get involved with The Salvation Army’s tornado relief efforts. Thank you for your desire to help those in need! Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about getting involved with us.
1. How do I donate to The Salvation Army’s ongoing relief efforts?
The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. You can donate several ways:
(In all cases, please designate your gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.”)
* Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org and click on the red “Donate Now” button in the top right corner.
* Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
* Text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Please confirm when prompted with “Yes.”
* Send a check to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 100339
Atlanta, GA 30384-0339
2. Can I volunteer with The Salvation Army in tornado affected communities?
Volunteer opportunities and need vary by local community.
If you live within areas affected by the recent tornadoes, please contact your local Salvation Army to see if they are in need of volunteers to serve. You can find their contact information by typing in your zip code in the ‘Search’ bar in the upper right hand corner of our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Salvation Army units are currently not recruiting volunteers from outside the disaster area. However, you can register as a volunteer should future opportunities arise. You may do this at www.disaster.salvationarmy.org or click the direct link here. http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/give/?volunteer
3. Are you accepting gifts in-kind, like clothes or canned food, for tornado survivors?
If you live in disaster- devastated regions, before beginning an in-kind donation drive, contact your local Salvation Army to confirm the need (see answer #2 for finding contact information). Get precise information about what products are needed. Used clothing, furniture and motor vehicles are usually not needed during a disaster response. Shipping costs and arrangements, transportation logistics, and sorting/packing of goods can consume more time, manpower, and finances than are available to a local organization.
In addition, communities hit by a disaster can be quickly overwhelmed by well-intentioned but uncoordinated shipments of donated goods and often do not have the resources to dispose of unneeded product. For these reasons we request you speak with your local Salvation Army first or consider making a financial donation, which is efficient and immediate in serving disaster-stuck areas.
The Salvation Army is not at this time collecting in-kind gifts outside of the disaster area. However, your gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider donating these items to support The Salvation Army within your local community.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Have you started your spring cleaning yet?
If you go by Martha Stewart’s checklist, the chore may be daunting for even us die-hard dusters. But she has at least one item on there that anyone can feel good about crossing off: donate items you no longer use.
This is where The Salvation Army wants to help you get spick and span for spring. Not only will you clear out clutter in your home, your donations to our Family Thrift Stores will help support our Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) and provide a low-cost retail option for the local community.
To make it easier, we have many convenient drop off locations, and in some areas of the country we even schedule donation pick-ups at your house!
Also, don’t limit yourself to just donating clothes. Did you know The Salvation Army accepts items such as microwaves, rugs, bakeware, bicycles, and even cars? Click here to see a list of commonly donated appliances, furniture, household goods, and more.
For information about donating and finding a Salvation Army near you, visit www.satruck.org.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Walmart Takes Leading Role in Fight Against Hunger
Walmart has been a great partner to The Salvation Army in addressing the needs of our local communities, especially in the fight against hunger. Earlier this year they donated $1 million for hunger relief to our organization. These funds were a significant help to our food service programs, which have seen a major growth in demand while many of their shelves were running bare.
We applaud Walmart’s increased effort to support hunger relief, as they just announced they donated $799 million to the cause during their most recent fiscal year. Of this total, $732 million in cash and in-kind gifts went to programs within the United States.
According to their press release, Walmart has donated 256 million pounds of food to local food banks in the last year – the equivalent to 197 million meals! They have also given $62 million in grants to U.S. hunger nonprofits.
We hope you will help us express our sincere gratitude to Walmart for being a leader in the fight against hunger. The Salvation Army and organizations like ours are able to more effectively serve those in need thanks to the assistance of caring community partners like Walmart.
To read Walmart’s press release, visit http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/ or click the direct link here. http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/news/10572.aspx
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
This year the federal income tax filing deadline has been delayed by 3 days. Due to the Washington, DC holiday Emancipation Day being observed on April 15, filers have until Monday, April 18 to get their paperwork in order and submitted to the IRS.
For those of you still working on your taxes, we want to help. If you plan to write off Salvation Army in-kind donations, we have a helpful Donation Value Guide that offers the low and high estimated worth of a long list of appliances, clothing, furniture, household goods, and miscellaneous items.
(Bad joke warning!) Feel free to refer to this guide to make your taxes just a little less…taxing.
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.