Community Partners are Vital

Salvation Army of Scranton Honors The Rotary of the Abingtons for Decades of Community Partnership

Salvation Army 185 stackedThe Salvation Army of Scranton honored The Rotary of the Abingtons at its Annual Dinner at on May 11, 2016 at the Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA. The Salvation Army of Scranton’s Annual Dinner is an opportunity to recognize its volunteers, community partners and individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the betterment of the Scranton area. In doing so, the event raises funds and awareness of The Salvation Army’s local programs and services.

“The Rotary of the Abingtons has been a committed community partner of The Salvation Army of Scranton for more than 20 years, responsible for raising tens of thousands of dollars to help those in need in our community,” said Captain Lawrence Shurtleff, co-commanding officer, The Salvation Army of Scranton. “We are grateful for their service and dedication.”

The Rotary Club is an international service organization that brings together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. Members of The Rotary Club of the Abingtons have been volunteering as bell ringers during The Salvation Army of Scranton’s annual Red Kettle holiday fundraising event for two decades. As many as 20 members take volunteer shifts to ring bells alongside red kettles outside local area businesses on the weekends leading up to Christmas and everyday during the week of Christmas. During the 2015 holiday season alone, The Rotary of the Abingtons raised nearly $6,000 to benefit those in need served by The Salvation Army of Scranton.

“We know The Salvation Army does so much good in our community, that’s why we partner with them,” said Diane Calabro, The Rotary of the Abingtons. “This award comes as a total surprise and is a very nice honor. We feel privileged to help the community in this way.”

The Salvation Army of Scranton was founded more than 125 years ago. It is committed to “doing the most good” in Lackawanna County – serving more than 2,700 individuals and families last year at its Corps Community Center at 500 South Washington Avenue in Scranton. Among its programs and services are a food pantry and feeding operation, utility assistance, and Christmas assistance.

More than 50 local Salvation Army supporters, donors, volunteer, staff, and local leaders attended the event. Diane Calabro and Gail Cicerini of The Rotary of the Abingtons were on-hand to accept the award on behalf of their organization that evening.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation. For more information, please visit or


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