Resolution: Dance off the cookie calories!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
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Have you kick-started your resolution to be healthier this year? Perhaps you’re waiting until you’ve consumed the very last bite of those stale Christmas cookies sitting on your kitchen counter?

Today’s guest blogger Pon Thoummavong, Marketing Coordinator of The Salvation Army Kroc Center in San Francisco, CA, will motivate you to dance your way towards a better you in 2012!

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San Francisco Rocks the Square

Thursday, December 15, 2011
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San Francisco’s Union Square was jam packed December 9 with music lovers, Salvation Army supporters and bell ringers as local bands and musicians performed at the Golden State…

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The Salvation Army named “Best Place to Volunteer” in SF Magazine Poll

Friday, July 1, 2011

Congratulations are in order for The Salvation Army of San Francisco! They received top-honors in the 2011 San Francisco Magazine Best of the Bay Area readers’ poll, being voted as “Best Volunteer Action” and “Best Do-Gooder Action” according to the 10,000 ballots that were cast in all categories. This honor comes after a focused effort to revamp The Salvation Army’s volunteer program in San Francisco.

Jaime Smith, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army in San Francisco, came on staff two years ago and took up the challenge to rebuild a fledgling volunteer program.

“My biggest focus was to get the word out,” said Smith. “The public needed to know that we’re here, 365 days a year, and volunteering isn’t limited to just bell ringing and thrift store work, but that The Salvation Army has variety volunteer opportunities for just about everyone.”

In the last two years, The Salvation Army has successfully built volunteer partnerships with a educational institutions and alumni chapters, churches, non-profits, and companies. And of course, The Salvation Army offers volunteer openings for individuals as well.

Tens-of-thousands of people volunteer to help The Salvation Army’s Golden State Division (stretching from San Francisco to Bakersfield, California) each year. Volunteer participation not only occurs during the holidays, it happens year-round, as tutors for after-school programs, teachers for classes, visitors to homebound seniors, and more. The opportunities are limitless.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army in the San Francisco area can sign-up here, or more information about national opportunities are available here.

Read The Salvation Army’s press release here, and find the full results of the 2011 Best of the Bay Area poll at San Francisco Magazine’s website.

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Salvation Army’s Historic Role in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Monday, April 18, 2011

On April 18, 1906, 125 years ago today, the city of San Francisco was shattered by a magnitude 8.25 earthquake. Three days of fires followed, as many as 3,000 people lost their lives, and 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 citizens were left homeless. All but two of the Salvation Army’s buildings in San Francisco were destroyed in the earthquake.

Despite their own losses, The Salvation Army was a major part of the recovery and revival of the city following the historic disaster. In the wake of significant human suffering, the loss of their buildings was minor. Salvation Army personnel established feeding stations and shelters throughout San Francisco and into Oakland, meeting refugees as they ferried over. Chinese Salvationists from San Francisco played a major role in feeding thousands of survivors.

News of the efforts reached The Salvation Army’s National Commander Evangeline Booth, daughter of founder William Booth. She appealed to the public in New York for assistance, encouraging them with her father’s words, “Do something! Do the most you can – do it well – do it now!” She raised an astounding $12,000, which would equal more than $300,000 today.

Salvationist spent several weeks caring for those in need and continued to be a part of San Francisco’s long term recovery. Yet, their resolve never faltered.

Commissioner Evangeline Booth reflected on the experience, saying, “The natural hopefulness, I was going to say sunniness, of the California disposition has stood them in good stead; all their troubles and privations have not been able to keep them under. They have spirits like corks and come up with a bounce every time.”

For more information on The Salvation Army’s long history of emergency disaster response, please click here. http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf/vw-text-dynamic-arrays/190F4B74F5ED5E81852574B70000119F?openDocument

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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/ .

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NSAW Fact of the Day: The Beatles’ Fond Memories of the Salvation Army

Thursday, May 13, 2010

NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK FACT OF THE DAY

Did You Know…?

In the 1966 Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” John Lennon refers to a Salvation Army orphanage called Strawberry Field in Woolton, England. Lennon is said to have played with childhood friends in the trees behind the orphanage when he was a boy. The facility closed in 2005.

In honor of National Salvation Army Week, everyday we are posting one interesting fact on our blog and an event on our website demonstrating how Salvation Army’s across the country are celebrating. Click here for more information on the history of National Salvation Army Week.

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Part 2: Honor Society Reflects on Parntership with The Salvation Army

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

We recently showed you Part 1 of an Honor Society interview where they sat down with The Salvation Army in Norfolk, VA. If you need to catch up and watch the video, check it out at our original post because now we have Part 2!

The band discusses their time with the kids at The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center in San Francisco, their experience on the Bed and Bread Truck in Detroit, and why they wanted to partner with us again.

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For more information about the hit band Honor Society and how they’re helping to “do the most good” through their partnership with The Salvation Army, visit their website at www.honorsocietymusic.com or follow them on Twitter @honorsociety.

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10,000,000!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

If you’ve been following The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Haiti you know that we’ve partnered with Numana, a hunger relief organization, and tens of thousands of volunteers from around the country to pack and ship nutritious and simple meals for earthquake survivors.

Here’s some exciting news:

We’ve reached ten million – 10,000,000 – meals for Haiti since January’s earthquake!

This weekend at multiple events around the country, San Francisco, CA saw more than 1 million meals prepared in one day, volunteers in Champaign-Urbana, IL also packaged 1 million meals, and New London, CT put together 269,016 meals ready to be shipped.

That’s amazing, and we couldn’t do it without the help of our volunteers! If you would like to volunteer at upcoming events or learn more information about Numana, visit their website at www.numanainc.com.

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San Francisco Makes 1 Million Meals for Haiti in Record 15 Hours

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More than 2,000 volunteers turned out to help The Salvation Army and Numana Inc. pack 1 million meals for Haiti last Saturday, completing the extraordinary feat within 15 hours! Our previous events have always been spaced out over 2 days, so thanks to everyone who worked so hard to help us meet this goal.

Salvation Army staff can’t hide their joy after volunteers packed one million meals in less than 24 hours.

With the help of UPS and FedEx, these million meals are in the process of being transported to Haiti where we will distribute them to the tens of thousands of Haitians who are being cared for by our teams.

Read more details about the Million Meals for Haiti event at The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Expect Change blog and see recently posted photos at The Salvation Army San Francisco’s Flickr page.

Learn more about how The Salvation Army San Francisco serves those in need by visiting their website at www.tsagoldenstate.org and stay updated through their Facebook page.

More meal packing events will be taking place around the United States, including one in Philadelphia on May 21 and 22, so stay updated through our blog, Facebook, and Twitter page to see when you can volunteer for the next one in your neighborhood.

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Volunteer for San Francisco’s Million Meals Event

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Salvation Army of San Francisco and Numana, Inc. will be holding a Million Meals packing event in the Bay Area this Saturday, April 24 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., and they are still looking for plenty of volunteers to lend a hand!

It’s easy to sign up – just grab some friends (the more the merrier) and select volunteer time slots at The Salvation Army Golden State Division’s online registration.

This event will be unique to those previous because they will attempt to pack all 1 million meals in only 1 day! What better way to help those in need in Haiti by contributing a few hours of your time towards reaching this million meal goal? Plus, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate National Volunteer Week.

For more information about and registration for the San Francisco Bay Area’s Million Meals Event, visit The Salvation Army’s Golden State Division’s website at www.tsagoldenstate.org. You can also raise awareness by sharing their Facebook Million Meals for Haiti event page!

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