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Senior Music Conservatory Afternoon Concert this Sunday

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Please join The Salvation Army Fairfax & Landmark Corps  

Sunday, July 3rd 

 for a Special Afternoon Concert performed by Senior Music Conservatory Students

from Camp HappyLand

11:00 AM – Morning Worship

12:30 PM – Covered Dish Lunch

1:30 PM – Concert

3:00 PM – Refreshments 

 Come and Support our Youth during their first concert of the Summer!

 The Salvation Army Fairfax Corps

4915 Ox Road, Fairfax, VA

703-385-8700

COMPUTER LAB AND LIBRARY OPENS IN FAIRFAX THANKS TO TARGET

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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(Washington, DC, June 28, 2011) – The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command unveiled a new computer lab and reading library today at the Fairfax Corps during a brief noon-time ceremony. Major Wendy Morris, Area Command Coordinator for Women’s Ministries, was joined by Fairfax Corps Officers Majors Earl and Janice Fitzgerald and several advisory board members in cutting the ribbon to officially open the center made possible by a $25,000 Target Library Grant.  The new center is housed in renovated space at The Salvation Army Fairfax Corps located at 4915 Ox Road. 

The computer lab and reading library will serve children from needy Fairfax area families currently enrolled in the R.O.C.K. (Relying on Christ the King.) The free weekly after-school program is open to children of all ages to provide a safe, stable, nurturing place to do for them to their homework, work on school projects and fellowship with their peers.

The computers all contain Jumpstart educational software to assist children in the learning process. The Target Library Grant also paid for paint, carpeting, tables, chairs, sofas, throw rugs and a television.

Since Target started this initiative, the company has given away more than $3 million in Library Grants to Salvation Army facilities across the country to create similar computer labs.

Fairfax Corps Officer Major Earl Fitzgerald said, “The Salvation Army is grateful to Target for its partnership and ongoing commitment to help people in need in Fairfax and in communities throughout the National Capital region.”

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at more than 1,600 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today’s best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store experiences and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at Target.com, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives more than $3 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

About The Salvation Army and the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination in the United States and across the world. The National Capital Area Command more than 63,000 individuals and families throughout the past year by providing a diverse range of social services.  They include feeding for the hungry, victim disaster relief, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. To receive help or make a donation, visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WordPress or Picasa using keyword SalArmyDC.

MINOT SALVATION ARMY PREPARING FOR LONG HAUL

June 27, 2011 Leave a comment

MINOT, N.D.:– The Minot Salvation Army is preparing to offer long-term assistance for local families affected by the flooding Souris River, expected to destroy hundreds of homes this weekend in Minot and surrounding communities.

With more than 12,000 people displaced and a reported 168 individuals at local shelters, that means many families are needing assistance in travel expenses or food and clothing as they are staying with friends or relatives.  The Salvation Army is prepared to help these displaced families with emergency supplies.  Cash donations are needed to provide these things to families in crisis.

Financial assistance for food, gas and other necessities is currently available for qualifying households displaced by the flood. To learn more, call 701-838-8925.

“Financial assistance will continue to be available after the floodwaters recede, cleanup begins and people begin rebuilding their lives, as resources allow,” said Major Donald Kincaid, Minot Salvation Army administrator. “But in order for us to assist all the people coming to us for help, we need as many donations as possible.”

Salvation Army teams from Minot, Fargo and the Twin Cities are currently providing food, drinks and emotional support in Minot and neighboring Burlington, Velba and Sawyer.

 

Monetary donations:

 

Donations can be made online at http://www.thesalarmy.org, by calling 800-SAL-ARMY. Be sure to designate your donation “Minot Flood.”

 

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:

Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

 

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Information provided by The Salvation Army Central Territory and released for publishing by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

Southeastern Kentucky Flood Survivors Receive Humble Service with Lifesaving Impact

June 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Middlesboro, KY – “I know our building was devastated, but there are so many others with a greater need; the community has to be served first.” said Captain Adrian Twinney, Incident Commander, speaking about The Salvation Army’s property located at 118 North 18th Street in Middlesboro which was extensively damaged by the recent flooding in Southeastern Kentucky.

The Salvation Army has been in Middlesboro meeting needs for decades; today the needs have developed around the recent flash flooding, and The Salvation Army is meetings those needs.  Working in conjunction with fellow response non-profits, state, and local government agencies; The Salvation Army is actively engaged.  

Trained Salvation Army staff and volunteers have served 321 prepared meals to flood survivors and responders…the impact is real, immediate, and vital.   Nearly double that number—514—snacks have been served, along with cases and cases of a variety of drinks

In addition to the immediate needs, The Salvation Army is also providing tools to assist those most affected to return to their lives.   256 clean-up kits* have been distributed, along with hundreds of gallons of jugged water.   For those whose situation called for it, Salvation Army staff and volunteers have already distributed 164 food baskets and/or vouchers.

“Reinforcements” arrived today to assist in The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Response.   Among them were two (2) Cadets from The Salvation Army’sCollegeofOfficer’s Training, located in Atlanta,Georgia.   These two Cadets were on their Summer Assignment in Memphis,Tennessee when they volunteered to come to Middlesboro to help.   As Cadets, they are part of a two-year intensive training program to prepare them for their life-long calling as Salvation Army Officers.   Because of The Salvation Army’s commitment to emergency disaster response, the Cadets’ service in this disaster response fits perfectly into the overall effort to provide the skills and experiences necessary to equip them for service. 

The Cadets will also have an opportunity to participate in Emotional & Spiritual Care for those impacted by this disaster.  Scores of lives have already been touched in this response effort due to The Salvation Army’s insistence to minister to the whole person—body, mind, and spirit

The Salvation Army is committed to remaining in place as part of the coordinated effort to meet the evolving needs of those most impacted by the flooding.   “They are our neighbors” said Twinney.  “We’re gonna be in this community for years to come, this is just what we are doing to meet today’s needs.”  The Salvation Army is meeting needs every day of the year; but normally in response to a personal ‘disaster’.   The result is the same—humble service to those in the greatest need.

For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this flooding, please visit:   www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org.  You can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

You may also help The Salvation Army now by texting “SAnow” 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort.   The donation will appear on your next phone bill.

 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.  For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

Systems Are Go for Salvation Army Flood Response in Minot (ND)

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

June 23, 2011

Minot, ND – With more Salvation Army disaster relief teams from Fargo and the Twin Cities en route, staff and volunteers are providing food, water and emotional support in Minot and nearby cities while flood crews scramble to raise levees. With parts of Minot already underwater, the Souris River is expected to crest this weekend.

“The Salvation Army’s feeding efforts will continue for weeks to come,” said Major Donald Kincaid, Minot Salvation Army administrator. “After the floodwaters recede, we will additionally offer clean-up kits and long-term support.”

“The Salvation Army has served in Minot since 1896,” Kincaid said. “This is our town, too. We are committed to serving this community the best we can, for as long as we are needed.”

Monetary donations:

The Salvation Army needs financial support now for Minot and for ongoing disaster response efforts elsewhere. Donate online at www.salvationarmyusa.org, by calling 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769). You may designate your gift to the effort in MINOT or wherever we are helping to get people back on their feet.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

The Salvation Army on Standby To Meet Evacuees and Responders Needs

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Grayson, KY – The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management has reported evacuations in City of Grayson, in Carter County near the Northeastern border of Kentucky.  A natural gas leak was reported as the cause.

Still an evolving situation, Mr. Joe Hughes, the Divisional Disaster Services Coordinator for the Kentucky & Tennessee Division of The Salvation Army is monitoring the situation closely in conjunction with State and local officials.

The Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) response vehicles and trained crews in Carter County and nearby Ashland, Kentucky have been placed on standby.

When an EDS unit is on standby, there is a heightened state of readiness.   Trained crew members (staff and volunteer) would conduct a safety check; prepare important first-response items like coffee, sports drinks, sandwich items, snacks and all important water.   In addition, the crew would make their personal preparations for deployment to a disaster scene.   While often local, they may also be called upon for regional, national, or even international response.   A standard EDS deployment is 14 days.                                                                     

Members of our EDS response teams are trained in a variety of positions from vital roles of safely driving those large canteens (mobile kitchen), to food safety & preparation, to leadership roles like Incident Commander, to a staple in the Salvation Army’s holistic EDS response, Emotional & Spiritual Care.

The Salvation Army continues to meet the needs of those impacted by the flooding in Southeastern Kentucky, including those counties where a State of Emergency was declared by Governor Beshear.   At the same time, they are prepared to meet the needs of those evacuated this evening in Northeastern Kentucky.

For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this flooding, please visit:   www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org.  You can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

You may also help The Salvation Army now by texting “SAnow” 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort.   The donation will appear on your next phone bill.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.  For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Hope Rising As Flood Waters Recede in Southeastern Kentucky

June 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Middlesboro, KY – “We’re like an island, cut off by water from everything around us” said Captain Adrian Twinney, Incident Commander, speaking about flooding in and around the city of Middlesboro.

The flash flooding that swept through coupled with the continued threat of severe weather has Salvation Army personnel keeping a watchful eye on surrounding areas and local communities.   Working with State and local Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), Captain Twinney is coordinating The Salvation Army’s response to the evolving Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) effort. 

The mobile feeding unit (canteen) based in Knoxville, Tennessee—along with a trained crew—has been dispatched to augment The Salvation Army’s response effort for those impacted by the flooding.   Still other units in The Salvation Army’s EDS response fleet remain on standby to assist if called upon.

Mr. Joe Hughes, Divisional Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Kentucky & Tennessee, said “Over the past several months we’ve had a significant increase in the need for EDS response in this part of our division.   This highlights the need for a more pronounced EDS presence.   The division has decided to position a brand new Emergency Disaster Response Vehicle (DRV) in Middlesboro.”   These vehicles are custom made, so it will take some time, but the process has already started.

The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster is still evolving, but it is likely to include hot, nutritious meals provided to the established shelter as well as another site to better serve those displaced by the flood water, along with snacks and cold drinks.   Additionally, there are plans for distributing clean-up kits.  Containing such cleaning basics as a mop, bucket, cleaning agents, sponges, masks, and gloves; a clean-up kit seems basic.   But when filthy, contaminated water has invaded every corner of your home—basics are essentials

An integral component of The Salvation Army’s holistic approach to disaster response is Emotional & Spiritual Care.  The successful rescue of the miners trapped in Jellico #1 Mine, has focused attention on those impacted by the same flood water that endangered the miners.  Like all disasters, floods bring significant stress to those impacted and those responding.   The Salvation Army has staff and volunteers who are trained to provide Emotional and Spiritual Care on a variety of levels. 

For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this flooding, please visit:   www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org.  You can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

You may also help The Salvation Army now by texting “SAnow” 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort.   The donation will appear on your next phone bill. 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.  For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Released by The Salvation Army Souhern Territory Communications Bureau.