EDS Supports City of Philadelphia During Winter Storm Stella

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is gearing up to support the City eds-smallof Philadelphia in response to the impending winter storm “Stella,” which is forecasted to hit Pennsylvania late Monday night, March 13, and into Tuesday, March 14.

EDS has been tapped by the city to distribute 150+ meals to staff at the city’s Emergency Operation Center starting Monday at 9 pm through Wednesday. EDS staff and volunteers are on stand-by with the city to assist with transporting homeless individuals to shelter, if needed. They may also be called upon by the city to distribute meals to homeless individuals sheltering in the subway stations in the Center City area.  In the meantime, EDS crews are finalizing preparations on their Salvation Army canteens and emergency response vehicles to ensure they will be able to maneuver the city streets in the snowy conditions. Continue reading “EDS Supports City of Philadelphia During Winter Storm Stella”

The Salvation Army of Reading Seeks Volunteers for After-School Program

Copy of IMG_0155The Salvation Army of Reading is in need of volunteers for its after-school program.  Up to 70 children in first through ninth grade are enrolled in the program, which is open Monday through Friday, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, at The Salvation Army of Reading on S. 5th Street.

“Volunteers are especially valuable to our after-school program,” said Lt. Ted Tressler, Co-Commanding Officer, The Salvation Army of Reading. “They aide the program managers with daily activities and provide the children with mentorship and leadership.” Continue reading “The Salvation Army of Reading Seeks Volunteers for After-School Program”

Norristown Choice Pantry: Feeding Body & Soul

Norristown Choice Pantry Logo_Final_1Chelsea Johnson puts on her Salvation Army apron and smiles. She starts to open boxes of fresh fruit on the counter, as her mom, Donna Goodwin, organizes paperwork.  They volunteer together every week. Donna’s sister Joyce glances over the shelves stacked with canned goods and non-perishable foods. As the Pantry Coordinator, she wants to make sure everything is in place as they ready to open the door of the Choice Pantry on this Wednesday morning.

“Everybody needs help. We do what needs to be done. It’s God’s work,” says Donna. Continue reading “Norristown Choice Pantry: Feeding Body & Soul”

Pendel Mission to Cuba: Part Two

09_sfot-group-photoThe Salvation Army of Eastern PA and DE (Pendel) recently returned from Cuba on a special mission – to renovate the Salvation Army of Cuba’s current headquarters facility into a guest house. The guest house will provide income for the Cuba division and fund the construction of a new divisional headquarters. Additionally the group is engaging Cubans with music and arts ministries, as well as conducting the Sunday Services at the Central Corps.

The Pendel division has given tremendous support financially to this effort, including:  donated linens for the guest house, laptops, instruments, uniform shirts/ties/socks, toiletries and assorted items which were stuffed in the luggage and horn cases!

This is part two of their journey: Continue reading “Pendel Mission to Cuba: Part Two”

Pendel Mission to Cuba: Part One

11_havana-vieja-roof-groupThe Salvation Army of Eastern PA and DE (Pendel) traveled to Cuba in February on a special mission – to renovate the Salvation Army of Cuba’s current headquarters facility into a guest house. The guest house will provide income for the Cuba division and fund the construction of a new divisional headquarters.

Additionally the group  engaged Cubans with music and arts ministries, as well as conducting the Sunday Services at the Central Corps.

The Pendel division has given tremendous support financially to this effort, including:  donated linens for the guest house, laptops, instruments, uniform shirts/ties/socks, toiletries and assorted items which were stuffed in the luggage and horn cases!

Part one of the journey: Continue reading “Pendel Mission to Cuba: Part One”

The Salvation Army of Carlisle Launches Creative Arts & Volunteer Program for Local Youth

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Sarah Swahlon, Upper Room program participant in a local stage production

The Salvation Army of Carlisle has kicked-off a new program to engage local youth through the arts and volunteerism. It is called The Upper Room, a nod to where the young people gather to socialize at The Salvation Army on East Pomfret Street.  The Upper Room provides free creative arts training, such as drama and dance, for individuals ages 15 to 22. Drama classes are led by Brad Cain, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Creative Arts Director, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Acting.

“This is a place where you can come to dig deeper into your talents and meet other people who want to grow,” said Cain. Continue reading “The Salvation Army of Carlisle Launches Creative Arts & Volunteer Program for Local Youth”

Salvation Army Leaders to Meet with PA State Lawmakers

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The State Capitol, Harrisburg

Salvation Army officers and staff from across Central and Eastern Pennsylvania will convene at State Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday, October 25, to share with legislators the work The Salvation Army is doing to better the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians every day.

120 Salvation Army representatives will meet their local representatives to discuss the need in their respective area and describe the important services they provide to citizens such as food assistance, housing, social services, anti-human trafficking efforts, senior citizen and youth community programming, emergency disaster services, and much more. Continue reading “Salvation Army Leaders to Meet with PA State Lawmakers”