According to the Weather Channel, hot, molten lava from the Kilauea volcano is slowing creeping toward 900 homes in the city of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Thankfully, Salvation Army personnel are already prepared to respond with food and water for displaced residents, emergency management workers and volunteers through the use of our mobile kitchen – called a “canteen.”
Unless you live in Seattle, you probably haven’t seen The Salvation Army latest advertising campaign. Instead of billboards, bus bench signs and mall kiosks asking you to financially support the Army’s work to help people struggling with hunger, addiction or homelessness, the ads are targeted specifically to those in crisis.
The ad copy simply urges those who need a place to sleep, someplace to stay warm, or help with addictions to seek refuge at The Salvation Army. The ads include addresses, intake hours and even a map to show people the way.
Click here and enter your zip code to find out where The Salvation Army shelters and addiction recovery programs are in your area. Bookmark this link on your phone so you’ll have it handy when you meet someone in need of help.
Our territorial leader Commissioner Jim Knaggs came up with the idea. His parents were Salvation Army officers too and when he was a boy, his mom would run classified ads in the local paper asking girls “in trouble” to call her for help. He and his siblings were coached on exactly what to say should a girl in need call when their mom was out.
In those days, pregnant young women were often unwelcome in their own homes because of the family’s shame about her condition and his mother wanted to help.
The modern incarnation of those classified ads can be found on and in Seattle city buses, in the Pioneer Square Transit Station, on telephone poles, affixed to construction fencing, across exterior walls of downtown buildings and on The Salvation Army’s own properties.
In other words, the ads are in the areas where they’re most likely to be seen by the target audience who needs our help.
Captain Dana Libby oversees all of The Salvation Army’s social service ministries in Seattle. Since the ad campaign started on October 1, he’s seen a 36% increase in the use of their women’s shelter and a major jump in the number of calls from people seeking assistance who didn’t know the Army had a shelter and housing programs. Capt. Libby said, “each of the more than 1,300 calls means that we have a new opportunity to meet the needs of our neighbors.”
Here’s a slideshow of images with a sampling of the ads:
The Salvation Army is supporting 5,000 people with food since many who have recovered from Ebola often return home to find their possessions removed to ward off further infection. And teachers from The Salvation Army’s 12 schools in Liberia are being trained to provide Ebola awareness and hygiene education in the communities around the schools.
On October 16, people all over California will practice their “drop, cover and hold on” technique and turn their minds to the many things that can be done to prepare for earthquakes. Be a do-gooder and help a single mom or senior citizen in your neighborhood create an earthquake survival kit and safety plan!
The Chicago Cubs didn’t end their 2014 season on top but in 1932 they played against the New York Yankees in the fall classic. During that fourth game one of the Cubs’ most ardent fans ended her own season.
Her name was Eliza Shirley.
In coordination with the City of Weed, CalFire, and local law enforcement, The Salvation Army opened a center for survivors of the Boles Fire where they can receive clothing, food, household goods, and other items. The address of The Salvation Army’s assistance center is:
550 Park Street
Weed, CA 96094-2358
Every day that the Ebola crisis continues to make news, I’m sure you feel as I do and pray for a permanent solution. Until that time comes, I’m grateful that our Army is also there offering its help in the form of sanitation supplies to medical facilities, food relief to affected families and even operating its mobile clinic. See below for more details from our International Headquarters in London…
There are literally countless ways of being a do gooder. Right now you could look in any direction and find something or someone that needs a touch of your attention and kindness. Thankfully, Arnold Harvey and his wife Theresa didn’t wait to be asked before they pitched in as do gooders for people in need.
Some kids spend the hours between the end of their school day and the end of mom and dad’s work day getting into unproductive behaviors. The Afterschool Alliance advocates for quality programs that guide and mold kids during those crucial hours. Use the zip code finder in the upper right of this page to find the nearest Salvation Army character building program, day camp, music and arts program, or youth ministry.
In communities across the United States, Salvation Army officers and staff are helping folks put food on the table and keep a roof over their families’ head. Just like you and me, many of them started to think about Back to School weeks ago. But for some of those we serve, their thoughts aren’t always happy ones.
As Hurricane Iselle prepares to make landfall on the big island of Hawaii with Hurricane Julio close behind, The Salvation Army is making preparations to serve impacted communities on Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai.
Salvation Army bands are not just part of our culture, they’re part of yours too. With references to the band in works by Bill Cosby, 80s’ folk group Dream Academy, and in dozens of films such as Seabiscuit, It’s a Wonderful Life and even Three Days of the Condor, the Army is almost as well known for its bands as it is anything else!
Wildfires continue to blaze in Washington state. Officials estimate that more than 400 square miles have already burned, four times the size of Seattle. The Salvation Army is still working in the impacted area to provide immediate relief now, and will stay in the area for as long as needed.