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


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!

The Wiggles


Salvation Army Colorado Relieves Manitou Springs Flood Responders

Salvation Army Colorado Relieves Manitou Springs Flood Responders
Photo via Justin McHeffey
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


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.

Photos: Parkvilla

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.

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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 Privacy policy: Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.


Announcing New Salvation Army Chief Of Staff and New World Secretary for Women’s Ministries

Announcing New Salvation Army Chief Of StaffBelow is a letter from our new General announcing the new Salvation Army Chief of Staff Commissioner William Roberts. The Texas Division wishes Commissioners Roberts well and is praying for traveling mercies and the Commissioners’ ministry at their new posts.

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Announcing New Salvation Army Chief Of Staff and New World Secretary for Women’s Ministries

Dear Colleagues,

You will understand that within a very short time of accepting my election to the office of General, I began to give serious thought to whom I might ask to work alongside me as the Chief of the Staff.

After several days of prayer, reflection and wide consultation with a number of senior leaders, I have decided to appoint Commissioner William Roberts as Chief of the Staff, effective 1 October 2013. Commissioner Nancy Roberts is appointed as World Secretary for Women’s Ministries.

Commissioner William Roberts returns to International Headquarters with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the international Army. After initial appointments in corps ministry, he served in divisional finance appointments for a number of years, before being appointed as a divisional secretary in two divisions and then as divisional commander in two divisions. Commissioner Nancy Roberts shared those years of ministry, involving herself also in the leadership of the League of Mercy and the Home League, and as Social Concerns (Moral and Ethical Issues) Secretary.

December 2001 saw Commissioners Roberts move to the southern part of the Americas and Caribbean zone, when they were appointed respectively as Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Organizations, South America East Territory. Four years later the commissioners reported for duty at International Headquarters – Commissioner William Roberts as International Secretary for Business Administration and Commissioner Nancy Roberts as IHQ Chaplain and Secretary for IHQ Staff Development. In March 2008 the commissioners became the first territorial leaders of the newly formed Kenya West Territory where their leadership and ministry made a deep impact on salvationists in the western part of Kenya. From there they returned to their native USA as the national leaders.

Commissioner William Roberts is a leader of varied expertise and wide knowledge. As well as having a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Religious Studies, the commissioner has interested himself in minority ministries, cross-cultural ministries, leader development, evangelism and church growth, and social service.

With such a background, and a commendable record of service in North America, South America, Africa and at IHQ, I am confident that the commissioner is more than well prepared for the task to which he is now appointed, as is Commissioner Nancy Roberts who will work alongside Commissioner Silvia Cox in the interests of Women’s Ministries around the world.

Please join me in praying God’s rich blessing upon Commissioners Roberts as they take up their significant leadership roles at the heart of our Army.

God bless you.

Yours sincerely,

André Cox


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


The Salvation Army Helps Hollister’s Hard-Hit Turkey Creek Area

The Salvation Army Helps Hollister

Branson, MO (August 9, 2013)—Today, local Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers will continue to assist residents, first-responders and clean-up crews in Hollister’s hard-hit Turkey Creek area.

“We arrived on the scene within the hour with water, a few clean-up kits, personnel and snacks, Lt. Shawn DeBaar, Branson Corps Officer and Incident Commander, said.

The Salvation Army will provide immediate assistance to those in need from its Emergency Disaster Services mobile canteen. The EDS canteen will provide meals, snacks, drinks, and disaster clean-up supplies.

“It has been estimated that the number of people being served through this mobile canteen site will be around seventy,” DeBaar said.

The Salvation Army is also the lead agency in charge of serving daily meals at Hollister’s Red Cross shelter. The shelter is located at the New Beginning’s Fellowship Church – 151 Elm St. On Monday, The Salvation Army served seventy-five meals from the shelter.

“We have committed to feed those in the Red Cross shelter as long as the shelter is operating,” DeBaar said.

Currently needed in-kind donations include bottled water, sports drinks (e.g Powerade, Gatorade, etc.), clean-up supplies and first aid kits. All donations may be delivered to The Salvation Army’s Branson Corps—114 Stanley Blvd.

For more information please contact The Salvation Army’s Branson Corps at (417) 339-4434.

How to Help:

Help provide immediate assistance by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by mailing checks to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1715 Branson MO 65615-1715.

  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully operational for one day

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to

Chilean fishermen with boats provided thanks to Dr. Lewin's efforts

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.