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News from The Salvation Army New Jersey Division

August 19, 2014

Volunteers Needed Across the State for The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division is seeking volunteers to join the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams in Atlantic, Cumberland, Hunterdon, Monmouth and Ocean counties. Coordinated and led by commissioned officers and trained personnel, volunteers will bring immediate aid, psychological support and spiritual counsel to individuals and families whenever disaster strikes.

Salvation Army volunteers are the first on the scene and the last to depart, honoring a century-old commitment to serve those in need. EDS volunteer duties could include set-up, cooking and serving food from canteens (mobile feeding kitchens), speaking with grieving victims or performing other tasks to assist in disaster recovery and clean-up efforts. Volunteers will also assist with unloading, cleaning and preparing the canteen for the next response.

“The Salvation Army New Jersey Division relies heavily on volunteers to support our programs,” says Michael Clayton, Director of Emergency Disaster Services. “EDS volunteers are the kind faces and helping hands that support police, firefighters and other first responders while assisting families and communities to recover from floods, fires and other tragedies.”

Volunteers should adhere to The Salvation Army's Disaster and Recovery Services policies and procedures and have a somewhat flexible schedule as this position entails being on-call 24/7. In addition, volunteers must be 18 and older; should maintain a non-judgmental attitude; be sensitive to and aware of cultural differences and customs and be able to communicate well with people of diverse backgrounds. Training will be provided for all EDS volunteers.

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division continues to provide numerous other services to those in need statewide. For additional information on becoming a volunteer for The Salvation Army New Jersey EDS or to register, please visit Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


June 12, 2014

The Salvation Army Trenton Corps Expands Social Services Beyond Homeless Population

To better serve all of Mercer County residents, on July 1, 2014 The Salvation Army Trenton Citadel Corps will shift from a drop-in center (DIC) to a traditional Salvation Army Center for Worship and Social Services. This Corps will now offer more youth programs, comprehensive case management and homeless prevention and advocacy. Moreover, those who attended the transient DIC who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness will be referred to The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Trenton. 

“This is a positive step in pursuit of our vision for Trenton,” says Major Hendrik Sumter, Corps Officer for the Trenton Citadel Corps. “We envision being a model organization in Mercer County that provides measurable holistic programs to reach a larger, more diverse segment of the population.”

 “The Salvation Army and the Department of Human Services have the opportunity to make a significant impact in Mercer County,” says Marygrace Billek, Director, Mercer County Department of Human Services. “We look forward to collaborating with The Salvation Army as we continue to meet the needs of both families and individuals in the community.”

In 2001, Trenton Citadel Corps opened the DIC with the intent of servicing the homeless population in Mercer County. Since its inception, the DIC’s success was based on operating 365 days per year and building community collaborations with organizations such as the Department of Human Services and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. As time progressed, the program expanded as the needs of the community evolved.  

Today, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division continues to provide meals and numerous other services to those in need statewide. For additional information, please visit Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


May 28, 2014

The Salvation Army and Entenmann’s Bakery Team Up for #NationalDonutDay on Friday, June 6th
The sweet day commemorates The Salvation Army’s long-standing service to the Armed Forces

For the fourth year in a row, The Salvation Army partners with Entenmann's Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU), to celebrate #NationalDonutDay, on Friday, June 6, 2014. Entenmann’s will be rolling out the newest flavor to the world-renowned donut family, Red Velvet, as well as sponsoring a sweepstakes to raise awareness for the services that The Salvation Army provides to those worldwide every day.

A yummy tradition since 1938, National Donut Day was established by The Salvation Army to honor the “Donut Lassies” who served these treats to soldiers during World War I and to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression. The donuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, “doughboys.” This significant occasion established the donut as a long-standing symbol of the services The Salvation Army continues to provide.

To commemorate this tasty holiday, the 87th Force Support Squadron in Fort Dix, N.J. will host The Salvation Army New Jersey’s Camden Kroc Center. The center will provide free Entenmann’s donuts and coffee to military members on base. Information on Operation Red Shield—a New Jersey program for veterans, the military and their families—will be provided as well.

“The Salvation Army New Jersey is thrilled that Entenmann’s will be participating in National Donut Day for the fourth year in the row,” says Major Donald Berry, Divisional Commander. “We are looking forward to celebrating with the 87th Force Support Squadron and having another successful event.”

In addition, Entenmann’s will be rewarding lucky “fans” with ‘Free Donuts for a Year’ and additional prizes through the sweepstakes link on the Entenmann’s Facebook page. All entries must be received by 11:59pm ET on June 30, 2014. Winners will be randomly selected from all submissions. Official Rules can be found at

Today, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division continues to provide meals and numerous other services to those in need statewide. For additional information on #NationalDonutDay or Operation Red Shield, please visit Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

National Donut Day Fun Facts

  • National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.
  • With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.
  • Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.
  • In 2013, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army's 3,600 officers, 60,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers.

Entenmann’s Bakery Fun Facts

  • With donut bakeries in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Montebello, California, Entenmann’s produces more than 780 million donuts a year, which is the equivalent to 15 million donuts a week and more than 100,000 donuts every hour to keep up with the demands of Entenmann’s donut lovers nationwide.
  • The Rich Frosted Donut has been the #1 seller since its introduction in 1973.
  • Entenmann’s produces a number of varieties of donuts and Pop‘ems each year including Cinnamon and Snickerdoodle Pop’ems and Devils Food Crumb Donuts to seasonal varieties including Halloween Rich Frosted Sprinkled, Harvest Pumpkin Donuts, Holiday Pop’ems and Rainbow Pop’ems.
  • In the early ’50s, Frank Sinatra used to call the Bay Shore bakery to place weekly orders from Entenmann’s.


May 9, 2014

National Salvation Army Week: May 12-18, 2014

Proclamation from Governor Chris Christie and State of New Jersey

In 1865, William Booth founded The Salvation Army in London, addressing both the physical and spiritual needs of desperate individuals roaming the streets. Fifteen years later in 1880, The Salvation Army began its work in New Jersey. Since then, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division has provided humanitarian relief and spiritual guidance to millions of people across our great state.

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division demonstrates hope and healing in many ways. Those addicted to drugs or alcohol find a network of rehabilitation programs; children born into poverty discover camps and educational opportunities; and those who are lonely and forgotten receive friendly visits and gifts through the year. Our services result in shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry and relief for disaster survivors. The Salvation Army’s commitment to serve is demonstrated daily at our 28 Corps Community Centers, 101 Service Extension Units and through our unwavering support to Hurricane Sandy survivors over 18 months after the storm.

National Salvation Army Week is a time to thank our generous donors and volunteers who allow us to accomplish all that we do. Without your support, we would not be able to provide stellar programs and services statewide. We also thank the Township of Union, City of Newark, City of Camden and City of New Brunswick for issuing proclamations recognizing National Salvation Army Week.

All are welcome to join our National Salvation Army Week luncheon on Monday, May 12th at Ria Mar, 25 Whitehead Avenue in South River. The event will begin at 12:00PM and honor our retired senior volunteers. For tickets, please call New Brunswick Corps at 732-545-1477.

On Tuesday, May 13th, we will honor the women of our Hurricane Sandy Recovery Group in Hazlet. From 9:30AM to 2:30PM, the ladies will get their hair and nails done, and participate in a craft project at our 1444 Hazlet Pavilion office. Lunch will be provided as well as gift bags and photos to memorialize the day. From 3:00PM to 5:00PM, the group will enjoy desserts, coffee and tea at Drew’s Bayshore Bistro.

During this week, I encourage everyone to celebrate The Salvation Army’s 134 years in New Jersey, and join our mission to serve those in need.

Donald E. Berry, Major

Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division