Maintaining good grades in school is a challenge for students if they are struggling at home, couch surfing, living out of a car, or on the streets. In Georgetown, school counselors are able to provide low income kids with valuable resources to help in these types of situations: mentoring, tutoring, after school care, school supplies, and clothing. Here lies an opportunity for you to help out.

On September 21, 2013, you are invited to volunteer at the McKinney Ministry Center at Georgetown’s First Methodist Church from 9:00am – 5:00pm. The Salvation Army partners with The Georgetown Project, Kohl’s, and the Georgetown Independent School District to distribute free new tennis shoes to children in need.

  • 15 volunteer openings on Friday, September 20 from 3p-6p to stock shoes and set-up.
  • 30 volunteer openings on Saturday, September 21 from 8:00a-12:30p. Lunch will be provided
  • 30 volunteer openings on Saturday, September 21 from 12:30p-6p. Lunch will be provided.

An orientation will be provided at the beginning of each shift. Fluent Spanish speakers are a plus! Wear comfy shoes as there will be a lot of standing.

To sponsor this program, please contact Jamille_Ruebsahm@uss.salvationarmy.org.

To volunteer, please contact Michelle Packer at Michelle_Packer@uss.salvationarmy.org. The minimum age requirement is 18 yrs.


Operation Face-Lift


COME VOLUNTEER! PAINTERS, INTERIOR DESIGNERS, CRAFTY HOMEMAKERS, COME HELP RENOVATE THE SHELTER! Stop by 501 E. 8th St. on Saturday’s from 9a-5p. Minimum age requirement is 18.



The goal of “Operation Facelift” is to create a warm, safe, and uplifting environment where adults and children have a creative and positive place to reside, regroup, recharge and go through the Salvation Army process towards stable living. In other words, a home environment.


The Austin Salvation Army “Operation Facelift” Makeover


Under the direction of Lt. Colonel Dorris Gonzalez, The Austin Salvation Army is getting a little “interior” salvation of its own this spring. The ASID Austin Chapter has teamed with local Interior Designers and design students from the University of Texas, The Art Institute of Austin, Texas State at San Marcos and the UP Collective, who are a group of local artists. Together, we all are sharing our time and talents to give the common areas, family shelter rooms, playground, computer lab and cafeteria a fresh new look. Please help us. Your donation to “Operation Facelift” will provide the necessary supplies to makeover this inspirational safe haven!
Built in 1987, this is The Austin Salvation Army’s Social Service Center’s first true makeover! Everyday it is home to 259 men, women and children. This is their home while they work to move from crisis to stability.
What comes to mind when you think of a shelter? Do you picture…


  • A building with a dingy interior
  • A homework and tutoring area that needs to be updated
  • Crowded and uncomfortably furnished living areas
  • Sleeping quarters with florescent lighting
  • A dining hall that also serves as a sanctuary badly needing an overhaul
  • A play area that is poorly equipped


The goal of our project is to create a warm and uplifting environment where children have a pleasant place to reside. Children need a comfortable place do their homework with proper lighting. We want to build an appropriate playground so that they can play with other children while their moms and dads regroup, recharge and go through The Salvation Army process. In other words, we want to give them a real home environment.
Have you ever thought about where that crinkled dollar you stuffed into the red bucket or that check you sent out of the kindness of your heart goes? The Austin Salvation Army provides a broad array of self-sufficiency services:  Here are a few statistics between October 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012…


  • 787 homeless people were provided emergency shelter, case management services and were exited to safe and stable housing
  • 416 people were assisted in improving their employment status
  • 386,273 meals were served, which is 32,189 meals per month
  • 83¢ of every dollar donated is used to serve others


The Salvation Army is part of the solution to homelessness. We, at The Austin Salvation, have a deeply dedicated heart for the homeless ministry and we strive to assist each individual to obtain stable housing and the resources they need to become self-reliant. We believe we are all God’s children and have value. “Thank you for giving in such a tangible way. Thank you for helping us in the Austin and the Central Texas area, supporting the people who help so many.” says Kristin White of the UP Collective.

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Children’s Golf Classic

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Learn all about the 2015 Golf Classic HERE.

Dear Friends,

Your participation is needed in our 18rd Annual “Children’s Golf Classic” tournament benefiting Austin area children and families in need of emergency shelter care.

All proceeds support:

The Salvation Army’s 58-year-old Shoe-In Program in the Austin area that provides 1,000 pairs of new athletic shoes for school-aged children.
Funding to support the special needs of families residing in shelter and in the process of moving into a home of their own.
A Child/Family Therapist who provides individual, group and family counseling to hundreds of adults with children experiencing the trauma of homelessness.
Paying for summer camp for children residing in our shelter.

The 18rd Annual “Children’s Golf Classic” tournament will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the beautiful and scenic Avery Ranch Golf Club. This year the tournament continues with its:

Super-Mulligan Package (Cost per Team is $120) consisting of two Super-Mulligans, one for each nine holes, four regular Mulligans per team, Drive Like Tiger Par 5s, Ball Throw, two Birdie Par 3s, two Rotating Hit Par 4s and participation in Putting and Chipping contests.
Contact John_Welton@uss.salvationarmy.org to make your reservation today.

Many thanks go to our current sponsors including Hole-In-One sponsor Covert Ford and Bob Brooks Commercial. Tip of the hat goes to Kelly Gray at Service Group Insurance for being the event Underwriter for all 18 years.

Volunteers are invited to mainly assist on golf course, set-up, and break-down signage. Bring a hat and chair as you will mainly be on the green.

15 volunteers are needed from 10:00a – 12:30p

30 volunteers are needed from 12:30p – 6:00p


Provide the date, number of volunteers, and time frame to Michelle_Packer@uss.salvationarmy.org.

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Salvation Army Colorado Aids Glenco Valley Fire First Responders

Salvation Army Colorado Aids Glenco Valley Fire First Responders

Salvation Army Colorado Aids Glenco Valley Fire First Responders
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Salvation Army Colorado Aids Glenco Valley Fire First Responders

Denver, CO (August 19, 2013 6:00 PM)—Salvation Army emergency disaster response personnel have responded to a request from Jefferson County to support field operations in the Glencoe Valley Fire that erupted this afternoon near Golden, Colorado.

The Salvation Army’s Denver Metro disaster services team arrived on-scene at 8300 Glencoe Valley Road in Golden to provide hydration and nutrition items for sixty firefighters from a mobile feeding truck. Teams remain prepared to provide additional support as the situation develops.

This evening, Salvation Army teams continue their legacy of supporting the community during Colorado’s fire season. Over the course of this summer, The Salvation Army has provided disaster relief to first responders, law enforcement and evacuees of wildfires across Colorado. Today, The Salvation Army provides recovery assistance to those impacted by multiple Colorado fires including the devastating Black Forest Fire that burned more than 500 homes and small businesses.


For More Information Contact:

Courtney Culpepper, Public Relations & Special Events Director
Office: (303) 860-5460 Cell: (720) 402-4449
Email: Courtney.Culpepper@usw.salvationarmy.org

The Wiggles

On This Day In History, August 16

On this day in history,

in 1977, Elvis Presley died at his home, Graceland. In related news from Australia, Greg Page, better known as the “Yellow Wiggle”, staged an exhibition of Elvis memorabilia including his 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II, with all proceeds going to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief appeal. Gotta love the Wiggles!

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Salvation Army Colorado Relieves Manitou Springs Flood Responders

Salvation Army Colorado Relieves Manitou Springs Flood Responders

Salvation Army Colorado Relieves Manitou Springs Flood Responders
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Colorado Springs, CO (August 12, 2013)—This past weekend, The Salvation Army provided 955 meals, 800 drinks and 100 snacks to first responders and debris removal volunteers after the Manitou Springs Flash Flood that struck Friday evening.

In addition, The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services personnel provided meals to flood survivors at The Community Congregational Church where a Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established. The Salvation Army is providing additional relief from its RJ Montgomery Homeless Center located at 709 S. Sierra Madre Avenue to meet needs such as shelter, food and clothing.

This flooding impacted not only residents and small business owners but the vulnerable populations that live in the low-lying areas of Manitou Springs, including 15 homeless men and women who lost all of their possessions in just 48 hours. The Salvation Army is currently working to meet the short-term recovery needs of these individuals and many more.

The Salvation Army El Paso County is always here to support the community and for as long as needed when disaster strikes, providing for the needs of those impacted.


About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army Responds to Mandatory Evacuated Families

Salvation Army Responds to Evacuated Families in North Nashville

Salvation Army Responds to Mandatory Evacuated Families

NASHVILLE, TN (August 8, 2013)—Currently The Salvation Army’s Nashville Area Command and the American Red Cross are working together to relocate more than 300 people from the Parkwood Villa Apartment Complex, located at 3258 Brick Church Pike, to nearby shelters.

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Flooded with nearly four feet of water from the heavy downpour that hit the area this morning, four units were severely damaged. Those buildings are currently without power and will have to be fully restored and deemed livable by the Metro Codes Department before the families can return home.

“We are working with the American Red Cross to provide food at their designated shelters for families displaced by the flood, said Jason Martin, Director of Marketing for The Salvation Army. “It is estimated that the families from Parkwood Villa will need shelter for three to 5 days.”

The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command will be providing meals and supplies to those affected by the flood and at shelters designated by the Red Cross. Doing the most good to the most people in the most need is the lifeline for The Salvation Army. The Nashville Area Command will remain in the area to lend a helping hand for as long as needed.

Additional Photos: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjHnVN8J

To donate to The Salvation Army of Nashville’s Disaster Relief Efforts, you can text* “MidTN” to 80888 for a $10 donation, call 615-242-0411 or send a check to PO Box 78625, Nashville, TN 37207


About Nashville Area Command:

The Salvation Army, a faith-based nonprofit serving Nashville since 1890, extends a resourceful hand of assistance to families in greatest need, so that they may lift themselves from crisis to stability and independence.

About The Salvation Army, International:
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Jesse Owens, Salvation Army Supporter

Jesse Owens, Salvation Army Supporter

On This Day In History, August 9

Today, in 1936, Jesse Owens wins his 4th gold medal at the Berlin Olympic Games, becoming the 1st American to win 4 medals in one Olympiad.

Jesse Owens, Salvation Army Supporter

Jesse Owens later became a great supporter of The Salvation Army, specifically the South Mountain Youth and Family Center in Pheonix, AZ, which is now part of The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center of Phoenix South Mountain.

Jesse Owens, Salvation Army Supporter

Millennials Are Charitable

Study Reveals Millennials are Charitable, Influential, and Eager to Connect Over a Cause

Millennials Are Charitable

Millennials – all 80 million of us – get a bad rap.

If you’re currently between the ages of 18-34, you’re a part of ‘Generation ME’ and collectively called lazy, narcissistic, and impatient. But other characteristics contradict these accusations to some degree: we’re also said to be open-minded, more supportive of equal rights, confident, upbeat, self-expressive, receptive to new ideas, and best of all – giving.

A study called The Millennial Impact (PDF) reveals the “Me Generation” is actually extremely philanthropic. And this doesn’t include the “slacktivism” that exists on Facebook. But let’s be honest – it felt darn good to Like that dog photo and donate someone else’s money to rescue efforts.

Rather, we look outward rather than inward, relying on the influence of our peers when it comes to taking action. And once we’re inspired, the study reveals that we’ll go to great lengths to get family, friends and loved ones involved in our causes.

Lazy? Selfish? Hardly!

In fact:

Millennials are Charitable.

They’re compassionate and eager to commit their time, money and skills toward causes and organizations. The study revealed that 75% of millennials donated to charitable causes last year, while 63% gave time to volunteer. While millennials are more likely to donate in smaller amounts across several organizations, they are also apt to fundraise on behalf of nonprofits by soliciting support from friends and family. And when organizations offer volunteer opportunities with limited barriers to entry (remember, we’re impatient), millennials are most likely to give back through events or by freely offering their knowledge and expertise to their charity of choice.

Take The Salvation Army Twin Cities MOST Amazing Race for example, a fundraiser based off of the popular CBS show “Amazing Race,” where teams of two people run around the city making pit stops to complete various challenges. The goal of the race is to raise awareness and funds for The Salvation Army, and commitment and fundraising are prerequisites for competing.

In the end, 30 teams raised $72,921 for food and shelter programs of The Salvation Army through activities such as planking, Bollywood dancing, and plunging off a 25-foot-high platform. And you can be darn sure these events were well documented on participants’ Facebook and Instagram pages.

You often hear that good deeds are rooted in selfishness, and there may be a bit of truth to that, but that’s because giving back feels really, really good. And if you can brag about your good work on Instagram, filter and all, and maybe even inspire your friends to do the same, then what’s the problem?


Watch the MOST Amazing Race highlights, courtesy of The Salvation Army Northern Division:

View this video of highlights from The Salvation Army Twin Cities MOST Amazing Race and find out who won!

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To volunteer, find The Salvation Army near you by visiting our locations page. To give online, click here.

Salvation Army Today August 8, 2013

On Salvation Army Today, August 8, those who bring hope in Jackson, a Garbage Bag Gala, and an interview with the General André Cox.

Salvation Army Today, August 8

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