Salvation Army Leaders to Meet with PA State Lawmakers

May 1 Advocacy Day Puts Spotlight on Addressing Poverty in Keystone State

Advocacy Day 2016

Salvation Army officers and staff from across Pennsylvania will convene at State Capitol in Harrisburg on Wednesday, May 1, to share with legislators the work The Salvation Army is doing to better the lives of tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians every day.

More than 150 Salvation Army representatives will meet their local representatives to discuss the need in their respective areas 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.

A special program held at the Capitol Rotunda at 1:30pm on May 1, featuring testimonials from individuals whose lives have been changed by The Salvation Army across Pennsylvania, as well as remarks from Salvation Army leaders and PA State Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York). Numerous state officials are also expected to attend.

In 2018, the Salvation Army provided more than 321,000 meals and over 104,000 nights of emergency housing across the state of Pennsylvania. It also served more than 488,000 individuals through its community center programs.

“We need the help and collaboration of our lawmakers,” said Lt. Col. Larry Ashcraft, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE.  “We appreciate their continued support of our mission of addressing human needs and improving the lives of others.  It is through this ongoing partnership that enables the Salvation Army to be a beacon of hope for people in the greatest need throughout Pennsylvania.”

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.

Mission Statement: 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.

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