April 13, 2015
The Salvation Army Celebrates National Volunteer Week
Here at The Salvation Army in New Jersey, we refer to our volunteers, as “the army behind The Army." They have played a crucial role in our ability to provide quality social services for the entire community over the past 150 years. As we celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation week this week, we want to reflect on the significant contributions our volunteers have made by positively impacting the lives of those they assist.
Whether it’s volunteering at our food pantries or soup kitchens, administrative help, tutoring, mentoring, disaster response, bell-ringing, distributing toys and organizing food drives, our volunteers are valuable assets in The Salvation Army's efforts to meet the changing needs of our world. Last year, volunteers donated close to 142,000 hours of their time allowing us to serve almost 200,000 individuals across the state.
Think about what would happen if all our volunteers didn’t show up one day: would basic human needs be met? What would our communities look like? Salvation Army volunteers change lives, uplift families and support communities throughout New Jersey—and beyond—every day. They are critical partners in helping us fulfill our promise of "Doing the Most Good."
The Salvation Army in New Jersey has a wide range of volunteer opportunities to suit all ages, interests, availability and skills. We welcome any groups from corporations, service clubs, churches and others interested in volunteering with us. For more information, please call 908-851-8236, email NJVolunteers@use.salvationarmy.org or visit our website at SalvationArmyNJ.org/volunteer.
To the thousands of volunteers in New Jersey that help carry out our mission, we cannot thank you enough for your service. Your enthusiasm and dedication helps The Salvation Army strengthen our impact on the community as well as individuals.
Donald E. Berry, Major,
Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division
March 10, 2015
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Teams Assists American Red Cross with Home Fire Preparedness Event
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) lent a hand to the American Red Cross’ Home Fire Preparedness Event on Saturday, March 7. The EDS team served both breakfast and lunch to volunteers and members of the American Red Cross, Vineland Fire Department and Rock of Salvation Church, who worked to educate the community on fire safety in homes.
Throughout the day, volunteers worked in teams of three and went door-to-door in Pleasantville, aiming to lower the number of fire-related deaths and injuries that happen without the devices. Each team had a person to install the smoke detectors, educate the homeowners and another to fill out paperwork. Approximately 150 smoke detectors were installed at 50 homes.
February 13, 2015
The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Opens Locations Statewide In Response to Winter Weather
In response to the “Code Blue” weather advisory, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division is opening various locations statewide to the homeless population. Corps Community Centers located in Bridgeton, Elizabeth, Perth Amboy and Union City, New Jersey will be offering shelter, blankets, hot coffee, warm meals and other resources to combat the frigid temperatures.
“Being able to provide the homeless relief during this time is vital for their well-being,” says Brenda Beavers, MSW, ACSW, Divisional Director of Human Services for The Salvation Army New Jersey Division. “We are pleased that we have these procedures in place and are able to assist those that are in need.”
The following Salvation Army locations will be serving as warming centers or are participants in the state’s Code Blue program:
January 22, 2015
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team
Responds to Devastating Fire
The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team is responding to yesterday’s fire in Edgewater, NJ that has left hundreds of residents homeless.
The Salvation Army EDS team will be on hand with a canteen to provide lunch and dinner for first responders. The canteen is able to provide 1500 meals per day and will be set up near the apartment complex on Undercliff Avenue and Winterburn Place.
“During this time, we want people to know that we are here for the community and will continue relief efforts for as long as we are needed,” says Michael Clayton, Director of Emergency Disaster Services.
In addition to the feeding, Salvation Army Officers and volunteers will be available to offer emotional and spiritual support for those who need someone to listen.
December 17, 2014
The Salvation Army New Jersey Division in Final Stretch of Red Kettle Campaign
The Salvation Army New Jersey Division is in its final days of the highly visible Red Kettle Campaign. The annual fundraiser—ending on Christmas Eve—raises money to support Christmas programs and services, as well as serve those in need throughout the entire year in New Jersey.
“As people continue with their last minute holiday shopping and decorating, we hope many will continue to support the Red Kettles in its remaining days,” says Donald E. Berry, Major, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division. “We would like to thank those who have already contributed and challenge those who have not given—any amount is truly appreciated.”
The New Jersey Division is short of their $2.1 million goal, and red kettles will continue to appear at retailers, malls and grocery stores until Christmas Eve. Donations collected from red kettles are used for food, warm clothing and gifts for families in need at Christmas. Kettle donations are also a major part of The Salvation Army's operating budget for programs and services throughout the year. Youth and senior programs, prescription assistance, emergency disaster services, shelters, food pantries and after-school programs are just a few examples of how red kettle donations impact communities. All donations received in the kettles stay in the communities where contributions are made to assist local residents in need.
In addition to donating to kettles, both individuals and groups can host their own Red Kettles—online—via Online Red Kettle, and supporters can also text ‘GIVENJ’ to 80888 to donate $10 to someone in need.
To learn more about The Salvation Army New Jersey’s Division Christmas efforts, and to get involved, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org/christmas.