We were delighted to hear about Philadelphia native Patricia Imms who lost 130 pounds (and counting) in just one year through regular exercise at her local Salvation Army Kroc Community Center.
No matter your age or personal health status, the Kroc Community Centers are meeting the needs of their communities by offering solutions for improving all around health at an affordable cost.
A newly released Census Bureau report found that the number of Americans living in poverty has increased to 1 in 7. The number of those without health insurance is also reportedly on the rise. It’s a startling thought when you put into those terms just how many Americans are in need of help.
The Salvation Army is working hard to meet these needs that are becoming ever more widely present in our communities.
In Grand Rapids, MI many people will have the opportunity for new work soon. The Salvation Army’s Kroc Community Center is expected to open in October, and they’re seeking to fill 120 positions. The Kroc Center held a widely-attended job fair yesterday. Pretty soon the Center will not only be offering recreational and educational opportunities, but economic ones as well for the community.
Plus, this week in Savannah, GA The Salvation Army held its 6th annual ‘Stand Down for Homelessness’ event, basically a one-stop shop of resources for the homeless. People in need were able to speak face to face with more than 50 vendors gathered at the Salvation Army to discuss information about jobs, housing and social programs, as well as receive services like flu shots and teeth cleaning.
The Salvation Army of Louisville also held their own event called ‘Standdown: Operation Homeless Connect.’ In a similar fashion, area homeless met directly with agencies and offices about jobs, housing and healthcare. Attendees received personal attention from housing providers and case managers and many walked away with free eyeglasses, HIV screenings, hospital referrals and new ID cards.
These events were great ways to directly connect homeless citizens with the resources they need to help them get back on their feet.
If you or someone you know is in need, contact your local Salvation Army to see how we can help you today.
A new poll released by United Healthcare and Volunteer Match shows that an overwhelming majority of respondents believe volunteer work improves physical and emotional health! That’s good news for the 63.4 million Americans who volunteered last year.
And did you know that volunteering could also have a positive effect on your attitude and stress level?
Read the full article here: Reuters – Volunteering promotes physical, mental health: poll
Sometimes we may forget that volunteering isn’t just good for the person or cause we’re there to serve, but it also benefits the volunteer in a multitude of ways, from the impact of the experience, to knowledge and relationships gained, to even the physical and emotional benefits as discussed in the Reuters article.
So, do you think volunteering has an impact on your physical and emotional health? Why or why not?