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”
Want to share these stats? Let your friends know about the 30 million Americans who benefited from The Salvation Army’s work. You can do so by visiting us on Facebook or Twitter. To learn more about The Salvation Army, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
Stay tuned for the Online Video!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Ever dreamed of owning something that belonged to a celebrity? How about tennis rackets, cowboy hats, and shoes of the stars? Your time has come! NBC’s Today Show has partnered with The Salvation Army and Ebay to host an online auction called “Today’s” Tag Sale.
All items up for bid belong to NBC anchors and staff and all proceeds will go directly to The Salvation Army. So not only could you own that autographed bobble head of Al Roker that you’ve been searching for, but the money you spend will be donated directly. Within an on-going recession, tag sales and yard sales are increasingly popular – and people are starting to realize that they can find some real steals.
Get your Pocket Books Ready – The sale starts Wednesday, October 5 at 8 a.m. ET.!
If you’d like to bid on the items below, please visit www.ebay.com/TheSalvationArmyUSA. You can also click on the familiar names below!
Here’s a rundown on the items up for bid:
Beaded face of Matt Lauer – done by a local artist on Matt’s ‘Where in the World’ trip to Capetown, South Africa
Two Matt Lauer ties – one purple, one blue
Boomerang from a ‘Where In the World’ Trip
Torch carried by Ann Curry at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games, 2002
Two pairs of heels
Pink mariachi hat
Autographed Bobble Head of ‘Al’
Special Edition Elvis Mr. Potato Head – original package
Matchbox collector’s car – 50th Anniversary of Today and Matchbox.
Olympic vest – Vancouver, 2010
Autographed tennis racket
Natalie’s golf shoes (by Foot Joy)
Cuba leather handbag
Salano hair dryer – for that ‘Anchor Hair’ look; this dryer has travelled all around the world with Savannah
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb
Autographed bowling pins featured in a bowling shoot.
Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee’s Dresses – five of them!
Autographed cowboy hat (from shoot with Kathie Lee in San Antonio Texas . Hoda: “We drank a lot of margaritas in this hat. It’s a party hat…you have to have a huge head to wear this hat.”
Hoda Cabbage Patch Kid – in Hoda’s ‘likeness’
Large wine goblet with ‘Hoda’ on it
Bonus: signed book about New Orleans
Autographed Ibanez Bass Guitar (Lester is a great bass player; this is a practice guitar he keeps in the office -like new!
Beth Rowley coat – size 2
Coach leather bag
Bonus items: two necklaces and earrings
Leather racing suit, including jacket, pants and size 7 boots (Jenna
rode and raced in this suit along the Pacific Coast Highway
Bonus item: Yellow Softball when Jenna played with the
US Olympics Women’s Team (Vancouver); autographed by Jenna
Monday, October 3, 2011
If interviewing for a job isn’t stressful enough by itself, there’s nothing worse than the distraction of insecurity about how you appear. I’ve been there, sitting across from three interviewers looking “sharp” until I realize half-way through the “what are your weaknesses?” question that I have a gigantic gaping hole in my pantyhose. So big that I can only assume I was inconspicuously attacked by a small cougar on my way into the meeting. The remaining half-hour was spent with me attempting to pull my skirt down far enough to cover the hole. It wasn’t doing the trick and needless to say, the interview was all downhill from there.
Confidence is definitely a necessary attribute for landing the job you want. And The Salvation Army of Massillon, OH is dishing it out with their new Working Clothing Closet program. Area residents who are eligible for participation in the program can receive three professional outfits, shoes and accessories.
After realizing the need for the program amid the recession and noticing a perfectly good, unused storage room at their new building, Salvation Army employees put their plan into action. With help from local non-profit Quota Club, the storage facility was redesigned in boutique-fashion complete with comfortable changing rooms and decor. Salvation Army employees sorted through hoards of clothes to find the business-appropriate selections that would be of interest to the female participants.
We’re always amazed at the ingenuity behind programs like this and the love that is outpoured from the community involved – evident at Salvation Army locations nationwide. What a neat way to fill the need!
There are two amazing results of your donation at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store: First, you fill a local need and make programs possible like the Working Clothing Closet mentioned above. Secondly, the profit made from re-selling your donated clothes directly funds our Adult Rehabilitation Clinics. Click Here to Learn More.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Flood survivors in the Northeast are still struggling to get their lives back on track after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee passed through the region. But thanks to one…
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The Salvation Army of Milwaukee, WI invites you to buy a burger at popular joint AJ Bombers on Friday, October 14. What’s just a bit more satisfying than a fresh, juicy burger? I digress.
You might be saying, “Donate and pay for delicious food? I simply can’t afford it! Also, I’m on a diet!” But not to worry, burger lovers. Your donation is included in the price so there’s no guilt in this diet splurge.
$1 from every “Sal” burger purchased between 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm that night will go directly to the Milwaukee Salvation Army Emergency Lodge and homeless services. That might be the only thing more fulFILLING than the Milwaukee Burger!
Now you might be asking, “What’s a ‘Sal’ burger?”
A delicious combo of pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, fried onion strings, bomber sauce and optional jalapeño peppers awaits you. Or, try one of the regular, nevertheless delicious burger options on the AJ Bomber’s menu.
Not a foodie? Raffle tickets will also be sold to win sports memorabilia, game tickets and more- with all proceeds benefiting The Salvation Army
Housing over 2,000 people every year, The Salvation Army Emergency Lodge of Milwaukee provides temporary shelter, meals and counseling for the homeless as well as support for children dealing with family crisis. Counseling includes case management services that help to pinpoint the factors that are causing homelessness for the individual.The Lodge’s ultimate goal is to get people back in the community with housing and the right mindset and values moving forward. Residents in the 120-bed facility also have access to job development and placement counseling. Click here to learn more!
We hope you’ll help us to continue providing care for Milwaukee’s homeless population.
AJ Bombers is located at:
1241 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
See you there!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Well-known luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises donated a whopping 900 items to The Salvation Army of New Jersey this summer! Donated items included furniture and television sets that remained after the renovation of two cruise ships.
A cornerstone of Crystal Cruises’ culture is its genuine hospitality and service that has been internationally celebrated for two decades. This spirit of generosity extends to its respectful treatment of the environment, oceans and communities in which it travels.
And thankfully, that spirit of generosity has flowed directly to The Salvation Army!
The donation was split among several Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores in the Newark, NJ area where the items were quickly sold. While some items were given directly to families in need, others were sold at reasonable prices to those who can’t afford retail. All donations given to The Salvation Army Thrift Stores support our Adult Rehabilitation Centers.
The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers provide spiritual, social, and emotional assistance for those who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. There are over 100 centers across the country, each offering housing, work, and therapy in a clean, wholesome environment. Program participants receive spiritual and physical care, preparing them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume normal life.
The Salvation Army is so thankful for the generosity of our donors from all over the world!
For more information on The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers, please visit www.satruck.org. Check out our donation value guide to find out what your donation is worth!