According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), being isolated is just as dangerous as smoking and even more harmful than being obese. Given those dire predictions for isolated elders, what’s the Director of a Senior Center in a town with no public transportation to do? For Charlie Petersen, director of The Salvation Army’s local unit in Wickenburg, AZ, the answer is all about partnerships.
If you’re active in social media, you’ve probably seen a lot about The Salvation Army’s #RedKettleReason campaign this year. We’re asking the millions of do gooders who support our Army to tell us why they give. So far, more than 62,000 #RedKettleReasons have been shared. Add your voice to the conversation by visiting www.redkettlereason.org! To […]
It gets dangerously hot during the summer months in the Phoenix area. So hot that people without a cool home or office to go to are at significant risk of exposure and dehydration. That’s why our staff in the aptly-named Valley of the Sun work with Safeway stores and Arizona Family’s 3TV to collect bottles of water to distribute throughout the season at our local cooling stations.
Do you love your city? I mean, really love your city? Captains Martin and Tory Ross found a way to do just that. They’re Salvation Army officers who served in communities like Compton and Modesto, California. Now they’re in Lodi and they recently took on a project known as Love Lodi.
When I began work for The Salvation Army almost 15 years ago I met a Salvation Army officer who volunteered his time to take professional-quality photographs of important events and activities. Major Ron Bawden is now retired and is still hard at work taking beautiful photos at Salvation Army events.
Now, many of our local Salvation Army officers are making the rounds to thank their faithful volunteers who make Christmas possible for so many folks in need in their communities. Lt. Mark Stearns in Albuquerque, New Mexico recently had a big thank you to make to a Rotary Club that’s been raising money at the red kettles for 50 years!
Over the years, many of our good friends in the film, television, music, and sports worlds have lent us their recognizable voices to record radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs). Have a listen to some of the PSAs recently uploaded to the SADropbox website by Josh Cowing in our MultiMedia Ministries department.
Two Rivers Correctional Institute is in Umatilla, Oregon. There are about 1,700 medium security inmates at Two Rivers and 100 more minimum security inmates in fifteen housing units spread across the campus. For the last three years, employees have involved the prisoners in their efforts to raise money so they can buy Christmas gifts for kids in need through The Salvation Army.
Real estate professionals are active in the daily life of their communities and know their neighbors. They’re hard working, friendly, committed, and well-connected. That’s why we’re thrilled that a few thousand of them will volunteer to pick up the bell and ring beside our kettles this Christmas!