When 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 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 West Chester unveiled its new Manna From Heaven food pantry at a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 19.
The event celebrated its status as a pilot pantry under the Chester County Food Bank’s Best Choice Initiative. The Salvation Army of West Chester has provided food assistance to those in need for more than 30 years and currently serves as many as 60 individuals and families each month. Rather than distribute food that’s already been bagged with various non-perishable items, the Manna From Heaven Pantry is now set up in a choice-format. It is comparable to a mini-market where clients use a shopping cart and select food, paper products and personal care items from the stocked shelves. Under the pilot program, the Chester County Food Bank is supplying healthier food options like fresh produce, low-sodium and whole grain selections. Continue reading “Salvation Army of West Chester Unveils New Choice Pantry”
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”
The Salvation Army of Reading will honor Jack and Rosemary Gulati, with “The Spirit of Reading” award and Mark A. Hornberger, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Group, with The Salvation Army’s “OTHERS” award at its 7th Annual Civic Breakfast on Tuesday, May 9 at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing. The event is an opportunity to recognize community partners and individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the betterment of Reading and Berks County. It is also a catalyst for fundraising that helps The Salvation Army of Reading meet the growing need in the community through its Family Services, Supportive Housing, Learning Center and Pathway of Hope programs. The Salvation Army aims to raise $150,000 at this year’s Civic Breakfast. All monies raised will support The Salvation Army of Reading’s Learning Center education program for local youth. Continue reading “Salvation Army of Reading Hosts Civic Breakfast to Honor Individuals Dedicated to Improving the Community”
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is gearing up to support the City of 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 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”