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National Salvation Army Week

Published 15 May 2017
National Salvation Army Week

National Salvation Army Week

MAY 15-21, 2017

In 1954, the U.S. Congress approved a joint resolution for President Dwight D. Eisenhower to proclaim a week to recognize the humanitarian efforts of The Salvation Army. Today, The Salvation Army serves more than 25 million Americans, in His name, without discrimination.

Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted
dedication to the cause of human brotherhood... Giving freely of themselves, the men
and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

In 1954, the U.S. Congress approved a joint resolution for President Dwight D. Eisenhower to proclaim a week to recognize the humanitarian efforts of The Salvation Army, one of the nation’s largest and oldest faith-based health and human service providers. Today, with the help of more than 3.2 million volunteers, The Salvation Army serves more than 25 million Americans every year. With a presence in every zip code across the country, The Salvation Army uniquely understands the demands facing Americans in need.

During this year’s recognition, The Salvation Army encourages people to take a moment to learn about the needs of the millions of Americans living in poverty or near the poverty line. With greater awareness and understanding, we can break misconceptions that all need is easy to see.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 43.1 million Americans live in poverty, and millions more live near the poverty line. Approximately half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and one-third of adults between 18 and 64 live in low-income households.

“Human need comes in many forms that often go unnoticed,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “Many adults skip meals to feed their children or choose between paying rent or paying utilities. Six out of 10 Americans don’t have enough savings to cover a $500 emergency.”

In Santa Clara County, The Salvation Army helps people with several different services including rent and mortgage payment assistance, help with buying groceries, support to purchase prescription medicine, and assistance with energy bills. Each year, more than 100,000 people receive support, thanks to generous donors, volunteers, and corporate partners.


LEARN A LITTLE. HELP A LOT.

43.1 million Americans live in poverty. Almost 15 million of those are children.

43.1 million Americans live in poverty. Almost 15 million of those are children.

Approximately half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck.

11 million Americans spend half their income on rent. About 21.3 million are spending 30 percent or more of their paycheck to cover rent–a record high.

The price of basic food items, such as eggs, meat, and bread, has increased by 40 percent over the past few years despite low inflation.

The Salvation Army is one of the oldest and largest health and human service organizations, with more than 3.2 million volunteers, a presence in every zip code, and 7,551 centers of operation in the United States. To learn more, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

For more information about National Salvation Army Week, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org. 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two  cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmySV.

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