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The Salvation Army is a Worthy Non Profit Organization
The Red Kettle Online is a great way to give.
Army Goes Strong All Year Long
When most people think of The Salvation Army, they think of the bright red kettle and the cheerful bell ringers during the holiday season. The holidays would not be the same without that familiar scene. It is, perhaps, the time of year that this strong and steady organization is most visible. However, this army of people for helping humanity is quite active all year long!
How to Donate When you donate online from The Salvation Army Web site, you can choose where the dollars you give are put to work. You can designate that your donation be given to a specific site, zip code, or program. Just click the red Donate Now button in the upper right corner of their home page and follow the prompts.
The Red Kettle Online. Start your own Red Kettle online by signing up as an individual, team, or company. It is easy to create the page and you can use widgets for Facebook, etc. Get the word out by sending the message in an e-mail to all your friends and partners. They can quickly go to your Red Kettle Page and make a donation. Each person who donates to your Red Kettle will receive a receipt for his or her donation. There are many other ways to give help to The Salvation Army. Visit their Web site for more information.
Programs for Helping People
Disaster Relief: The Salvation Army is often one of the first responders to deliver help to people who are affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural and man-made disasters. Federal, state, and local governments officially recognize this organization across the country as a sanctioned disaster relief and assistance organization. In addition, the Salvation Army helped to develop the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Response Framework.
Adult Rehabilitation Centers: There are 119 Adult Rehabilitation Centers across the United States, which are run by the Salvation Army. People who receive these services are provided with food, shelter, work experience, group and individual counseling, and Spiritual direction.
Prisoner Rehabilitation: The Salvation Army makes cooperative arrangements with prison, probation, and parole officials throughout the United States, playing an increasing role in prison rehabilitation and crime prevention. In some areas, prisoners are paroled to the direct custody of The Salvation Army. Some of the services include Bible correspondence courses, prerelease job-training programs, employment opportunities (working with parole office personnel), living necessities, and spiritual guidance to both prisoners and their families. Counseling and emergency assistance is also available to crime victims through The Salvation Army.
Prevention of Human Trafficking: The Salvation Army works to stop human trafficking by working to educate and inform individuals and professionals about how to help victims of human trafficking. They have developed a training program to help social workers identify and serve human trafficking survivors. This project was completed with funding received from the Office for Victims of Crime, US Department of Justice. The seven-hour training series covers US federal anti-trafficking laws and programs, victim identification, shelter needs, cultural competency, as well as trauma informed services. To request a copy of the training manual or to host a training program in your area send your request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
History of the Salvation Army
William Booth and his wife, Catherine, founded The Salvation Army in London, England in the mid-1800s by developing a religious ministry that served many of society’s outcasts such as prostitutes, drunkards and the very poor. The organization name was born in 1878 when Booth was editing an annual report, which describe the organization as “…The Christian Mission is a volunteer army.” He crossed out the word volunteer and wrote “Salvation,” and the name stuck. The Salvation Army came to the United States in 1879, through Eliza Shirley, who came to the U.S. to be with her parents. She held the first meeting of The Salvation Army in America, in Philadelphia, which was well received by all.
A Good Place to Volunteer Volunteering is a great way to give thanks for the gifts you have been given. To find The Salvation Army nearest you, go to their home page and enter your zip code in the box on the right side of the page. Many volunteer openings for The Salvation Army are listed through Volunteer Match. Volunteer Match is a Web site dedicated to helping volunteers find organizations who need volunteers.
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