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News from The Salvation Army New Jersey Division

May 13, 2015

The Salvation Army Newark Area Services Announces the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey as Honoree

The Horizon Foundation to be recognized at The Salvation Army’s 150th Anniversary Celebration in June

The Salvation Army Newark Area Services has announced the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, a dedicated partner of the charity, as the honoree for The Salvation Army’s 150th Anniversary Celebration. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 at the Newark Club in Newark, NJ.

“This is a milestone year as we celebrate 150 years of service,” says Major Joaquin Calvo, The Salvation Army Newark Area Coordinator. “We are thankful to recognize the important work the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey generously supports to ensure we are able to achieve our Mission.”

The Salvation Army will honor the Horizon Foundation for the BEAM (Breathe Easier with Asthma Management) program, a 15-month pilot initiative in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey. BEAM aims to raise awareness about asthma and to educate children, their parents or caregivers about the disorder as well as how to best manage it. The pilot serves 2,500 Boys & Girls Club members of which 200 are members of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Newark Ironbound.

“We congratulate The Salvation Army for a remarkable 150 years of steadfast service to people in need in New Jersey and all across the country,” said Jonathan R. Pearson, Executive Director, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. “Horizon is proud to work alongside The Salvation Army to create a better state of health and help New Jersey residents lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.”

The planned event will include a memorable night of dinner and music. Winners from The Salvation Army’s Design-A-Bin arts education contest will also be announced that evening.

For more information on The Salvation Army or find out how to sponsor, donate or participate at the 150th Anniversary Celebration, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org/Newark150th. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Newark Ironbound.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

About the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is committed to working alongside those who can help us improve our neighbors’ health, inform their health decisions and inspire them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. The Foundation’s new funding pillars are Caring, Connecting and Creating. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the sole member of the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, both of which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information please visit www.Horizonblue.com/Foundation.

 

April 13, 2015

The Salvation Army Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Dear Friends:

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.

Blessings,

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.  

To learn more about The Salvation Army New Jersey and its Emergency Disaster Services, please visit SalvationArmyNJ.org and The Salvation Army New Jersey Division Facebook and Twitter pages.