Bloom Where You’re Planted: A Salvationist’s PA Roots Yield Tournament of Roses

IMG_0718When William B. Flinn (Bill to his friends) spoke to the head coaches of Penn State and USC before the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day, he had to chuckle. It was the CEO and Executive Director’s last Rose Bowl Game before retiring from The Tournament of Roses Association, and an amusing reminder of his past, versus his present and future. One team hailed from the state of his birth and youth, the other from the place where he built his life. “God has a sense of humor,” said Bill. Continue reading “Bloom Where You’re Planted: A Salvationist’s PA Roots Yield Tournament of Roses”

The Salvation Army Makes a Splash in Lackawanna County

Dunk Tank 4The Salvation Army made quite a splash at Fell Charter School when students lined up at field day to dunk a teacher and raise money for their community. In addition to sack races, tug-of-war, and water balloon tosses, students in grades kindergarten through ninth grade could also purchase balls to throw at a bulls-eye, that when hit, landed the teacher of their choice in a tank of cold water.

Using a dunk tank borrowed from The Salvation Army’s Camp Ladore, the game was among the most popular at the annual field day event and the only community fundraising element of the fun-filled day. The balls sold for $1 each, or 3 for $5, and all proceeds were donated to The Salvation Army. In the two hours the dunk tank was in operation, students raised almost $350.00. The Salvation Army will use the donation to help individuals and families in Simpson and nearby Carbondale.

Fell Charter is home to more than 150 students from throughout Lackawanna County. The school already had a reputation for generosity. In 2015 teachers at Fell Charter opted to teach without pay indefinitely while they awaited the Pennsylvania State budget to pass.

The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre Honors NEPA Business Owners & Philanthropists Joe & Andrea Amato

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Joe & Andrea Amato, with Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich

The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre has recognized Joe and Andrea Amato, prominent business owners and philanthropists in Northeast Pennsylvania, for their outstanding commitment to the betterment of the Wilkes-Barre area. The Amato’s received the Community Service Award at The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre’s Annual Dinner on May 18. Continue reading “The Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre Honors NEPA Business Owners & Philanthropists Joe & Andrea Amato”

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”

Teen volunteers on a mission to serve The Salvation Army

IMG_3736The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s headquarters on Conshohocken Avenue was a flurry of activity the week of June 27, with the sound of power equipment echoing through the hallways.  Teens with the faith-based group, World Changers, traveled from across the country on a mission trip to perform community service. The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia was one of the local agencies blessed with their help for four days.

“They are amazing,” said Major Susan Ferreira, Associate Director of Operations, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia.  “I’ve wanted to work on cleaning and organizing the basement since last year, but never had the manpower until now.”  Continue reading “Teen volunteers on a mission to serve The Salvation Army”

Fabric Fair Raises Money for Crucial Youth Services in York County

Hundreds Expected at The Salvation Army of York’s Annual Event

file000216150561Hundreds of quilters, seamstresses and needle crafters are expected at The Salvation Army of York’s upcoming annual Fabric Fair.

The greatly anticipated three-day event will be held:

  • Thursday, June 16, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Friday, June 17, 10 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday, June 18, 9 am – 11 am, and noon – 2 pm

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Maniac Magee Run for the Homeless

One book, two communities,thousands inspired to make a difference

start of raceHundreds of children and their parents hit the road to raise money for The Salvation Army of Norristown at the Maniac Magee Run for the Homeless!  The sun was shining and Chatham Park Elementary was a sea of red t-shirts, as walkers and runners made their way through the neighborhoods surrounding the school for the one mile fun walk and two-mile run on Saturday, May 14.

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