The annual day of romance is almost upon us, a holiday that’s hard to miss. Stores have helpfully reminded us since Christmas, covering shelves with all-things red, pink and impossibly cuddly. This tradition tends to stir a range of emotions from wistful appreciation for that special someone to dreary reminders of singledom. Some opt out [...]
Rachel from The Salvation Army of San Francisco hit the streets during our 59th Annual National Salvation Army Week to find out how residents “Do the Most Good” each day! Each do-gooder who talked to her received a free coffee from the local haunt, Pete’s Coffee. From playing free concerts to donating clothes to struggling [...]
In celebration of National Salvation Army Week (NSAW), May 14-20, we’re highlighting the amazing individuals who volunteer their time to make this life a little better for those in need.
So, how do you “Do the Most Good” within your local community or around the world? We’d like to hear from our supporters, including volunteers, employees, and fans and followers on social media, how you volunteer and help your communities.
From a homeless shelter in Pittsburgh to the safe houses of Abu Dhabi, new National Advisory Board member Pamela Abdalla has been changing lives in the name of The Salvation Army for many years.
Pamela founded and maintained a coalition committed to bimonthly cultural, educational, and social programs at the Salvation Army’s Pittsburgh Family Caring Center (FCC). To support her work with the FCC, Pamela founded one of the nation’s most unique fundraiser, the “Annual Garbage Bag Gala.”
The guys behind the band Honor Society have been on the road nonstop lately, performing at venues across the U.S. and Canada in support of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. They may be rocking out at night but in between concerts, the guys spend their days volunteering at various Salvation Army locations; serving food, washing dishes, and offering a listening ear to the less fortunate who rely on The Salvation Army for food, shelter and support each day.
What an inspiring gal!
Katie Wilkinson, a high school junior in Tempe, AZ started a “Red Kettle Club” at her school, a student group that will support the community year-round by means of The Salvation Army.
Through social media outlets, a PowerPoint presentation, and persuasion, Katie attracted more than two dozen students to the first meeting to tell fellow students about her idea. Club members will coordinate fundraising events in Tempe to support Salvation Army Programs that Help – an initiative that encourages donors to help community members in need.
She’s already planned the first event- an all-day bell ringing affair outside of Kroger’s on December 3 to benefit the homeless.
Inspired by her parents’ volunteer efforts her entire life, Katie is “Doing the Most Good” in their footsteps. We’re amazed at her love and dedication!
Check out the original article here.
Want to “Do the Most Good” in your community? Visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org and type in your zip code in the upper right corner to contact your local Salvation Army.
Are you one of the 33% of Americans who made a New Year’s resolution this year? Or do you wonder why people even bother?
Some of this year’s top resolutions (which probably haven’t changed much since last year) are:
1. Lose Weight/Get in Shape
2. Quit Smoking/Drinking
3. Spend More Time with Family & Friends
4. Get out of Debt
5. Find a Job/Get a Better Job
6. Fall in Love
7. Get a Better Education
8. Help Others
9. Go Green
10. Get Organized
Helping others, volunteering, giving back – however you want to phrase it – appeared on most top ten lists. Did it make yours?
I-Volunteer.org, an editorial website dedicated to helping people find volunteer opportunities, encourages you NOT to make a resolution to volunteer more this year. Umm…what kind of volunteer website would do that?
Actually, they make a good point, especially for you resolution skeptics out there. I-Volunteer argues that “resolutions” are easy to let fall by the wayside as soon as the freshness of the New Year wears off. Instead of attaching your good intention to an idea that we expect would take a miracle to follow through with, make it something more meaningful. Make it a promise. Read more here.
As a sweet bonus, I-Volunteer says making a “promise” to volunteer can actually be a means to accomplishing the other items on your resolutions list. Want to find a new career, get fit, or heat up your love life? Find out how volunteering may help, here.
What do you think? Let us know your resolutions or why you didn’t make any.
Mike Rodgers, captain of Salvation Army’s Hickory Corps in Mount Airy, North Carolina, had watched the devastation with everyone else. Unseasonal rains poured on Georgia and Tennessee causing millions of dollars worth of damage, disrupting routines and claiming lives. The Salvation Army was quick to respond: on the ground within hours of the first floods [...]