Their Tweets Give the Homeless A Voice. What Can Yours Do?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

As much as people like to bash social media, sites like Facebook and Twitter have played crucial roles during recent global events.

From serving as the one of the very few connections between earthquake-shaken Haiti and the outside world, to helping organize revolutionary protests in Egypt, social media is proving to the world stage that hey, maybe there’s more to this than just letting virtual friends know the scoop on our relationship status.

There’s a lot of good that can come from this stuff if we use it well.

A few New York interns appear to have already figured that out. As a part of their project “Unheard in New York,” these interns gave four NYC homeless men their own prepaid cell phones and Twitter accounts with the purpose of helping them tell their stories. Every day Danny, Derrick, Albert and Carlos tweet about what it’s like to live on the streets, the struggles they face, and how they came to be homeless. From once feeling like they didn’t have a voice, they now have thousands of people following, talking with, and learning from them on Twitter.

If these tweets can give a voice to the homeless, what can your tweets do? How can your Facebook status become more than just the status quo? We want to hear your ideas for using social media to do good.

I’d like to suggest one way you can get started – connect with The Salvation Army online. We’re on Facebook (The S alvation Army USA) and Twitter (@SalvationArmyUS). We share how we’re serving people in need every day and opportunities for you to be a part of it.

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Kindness Challenge

Friday, February 18, 2011

We need your help!

USA TODAY has launched the “#KindnessChallenge,” a Twitter campaign for charity. The top charity tweet-getters with the most creative ideas or goals from fans about how they’re supporting their favorite nonprofits will be featured in a story in USA TODAY.

Will you show your support for The Salvation Army? There’s only a few hours left – you have until 6pm ET tonight (Feb 18) – but here’s what you can do:

Finish the following sentence on Twitter:

“My #USATODAY #KindnessChallenge goal is to help (insert full name of charity or that charity’s twitter handle)….”

To support us, tweet:

“My #USATODAY #KindnessChallenge goal is to help @SalvationArmyUS …” and then let the world know what you plan to do! Need a few ideas? How about:

“…feed the hungry by donating food from my community garden.”

“…raise funds be recruiting all my friends to ring at Christmas Red Kettles.”

“…by shopping only at their Thrift Stores for a month.”

Get creative, and you can even have your friends retweet your messages.

For the complete list of rules, visit USA Today’s Kindness Blog here.

Thanks for Tweeting!

Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS

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Don’t Forget to Tweet!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Today is the LAST day to help The Salvation Army win a free full page, full color ad in USA TODAY!

The charity with the most tweets wins, so don’t forget, log into your Twitter account and tweet the following message:

“#AmericaWants The Salvation Army to get a full-page ad in USA TODAY.”

For more information, read the USA TODAY article here or check out our original blog post.

And while you’re on Twitter, stop by and visit us at .

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The Salvation Army Needs Your Tweets!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Twitter fans, here’s your chance to help support The Salvation Army!

The Kindness community has announced USA TODAY’s “#AmericaWants” Twitter campaign for charity where the charity with the most ‘tweets’ wins a full-page, full-color ad in USA TODAY!

So where do you come in?

Simply tweet the following text:

“#AmericaWants The Salvation Army to get a full-page ad in USA TODAY.”

Yes, it’s that easy, but please make sure you include ALL WORDING in the quotation marks in order for your tweet to be considered. Otherwise, you’re tweet won’t be counted.

If you don’t have an account, it’s easy to set one up! Then you can paste this text in as your first tweet. And don’t forget to encourage your friends and families to retweet your message.

The contest only lasts through the end of Friday, April 16, so start tweeting! And while you’re at it, make sure to check out our Twitter page at For more information, read the USA TODAY article here.

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More Ways to Connect With the Work of The Army

Monday, September 14, 2009

Today, the national headquarters of The Salvation Army debuted its first-ever paperless annual report.  The innovative, interactive document is completely online and features compelling, first-person stories of the…

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A “Little Help” Goes a Long Way

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Image courtesy of The Salvation Army – Canada The Salvation Army in Canada wrote a blog post suggesting “5 Ways to Support The Salvation Army Through Social Media.”…

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