Army at Large: September 2021The Army's ministry spans 132 countries worldwide. Here's a look at how the Army is doing the most good around the globe.
The Salvation Army in Redding, CA recently developed a “Groceries for Veterans” program to serve local veterans in need. The program takes place weekly on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. When a client visits for the first time, they receive a $25 gift card to a local grocery store, in addition to the food they receive every week—which varies from nonperishables and eggs to bread, pastries and more.
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response Team worked through the weekend, assisting families impacted by the wildfires. The Army coordinated and served three meals each day, averaging about 400 people per day. Snacks and beverages were also provided throughout the day. Numbers of guests were higher than expected, due to the evacuation of the city of Tonasket, WA. As of today, there are 12 fires burning 680,000 acres in Washington (source: The National Interagency Fire Center, www.nifc.gov).
Las Vegas, NV
The Salvation Army SEEDS of Hope Program in Las Vegas partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for its year-long Public Administration Capstone Project that researched best practices in after-care residential programs in the United States. For the Las Vegas Salvation Army, this was an opportunity to increase its knowledge and enhance SEEDS, which exists to save, empower, educate, and restore dreams to lives shattered by human trafficking. Since its inception in 2006, thousands of individuals have received services.
The Salvation Army in Hawaii received $150,000 in grants from the American State’s Public Fund Benefits administrator for energy efficiency improvements at eight of its locations around the archipelago. Hawaii Energy gave the Army 10 grants totaling the $150,000 to be used mostly on upgrading LED lighting, air-conditioning, and other equipment on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Hawaii.
Kansas City, MO
Members of the community were inspired to pay it forward thanks to Kathy Quinn and FOX4 News Kansas City. They donated cases of bottled water for the Honk and Holler canteen. This donation helped keep people hydrated during the hot Kansas City summer.
The Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, has announced this year’s winners, which includes a Bronze Telly Award to The Salvation Army for the 2020 Rock the Red Kettle special, in partnership with Sony Music Nashville and Sinclair Broadcast Group. The special supported an effort to rescue Christmas for millions of Americans facing increased need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cars filled The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center’s parking lot in Philadelphia the day the vaccine clinic opened. It was a collaborative effort between the Kroc Center, Rite-Aid Pharmacy and the NAACP.
Voss water donated 100,000 bottles of water to the Georgia Division’s Emergency Disaster Services. The division has retained 20,000 bottles for disaster response and shared the balance with the Texas, Florida and Arkansas-Oklahoma Divisions in support of emergency response this year.