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Kids Should Get a Chance to Be Kids

We open our arms and our hearts to give families the support they need to grow together and thrive.

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Children are most likely to commit or experience criminal activity between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

This behavior includes vandalism, sexual misconduct, and cigarette, drug, and alcohol consumption.


The Salvation Army Helps Families Thrive Through:

Kroc Community Centers

Each state-of-the-art Kroc Community Center gives families a chance to discover new skills, passions, and hobbies while connecting with friends and neighbors in safe, educational ways. Each facility offers after-school programs, recreational opportunities, and community programs dedicated to fostering healthy futures.

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After-School Programs

With over 400 after-school programs nationwide, we foster an environment of learning long after the school day ends. By providing a safe place to study, read, learn, connect with friends, play sports, and enrich the mind, we give at-risk kids a healthy alternative to less-desirable after-school options.

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Summer Camps for Kids

Many children from low-income families rarely experience life outside their immediate neighborhood. That's why The Salvation Army's annual summer camp programs are so important. Every year, thousands of kids get a fresh perspective on life as they meet new friends, discover new activities, and get a taste of the great outdoors. As campers learn to swim, play sports, create music, make art, and scout, their trained counselors help them navigate the complicated emotions and struggles often associated with their lives back home.

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All over the country, children are fending for themselves.

In communities today, 11.3 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help support safe family centers. Donate now.

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Parents benefit from after-school programs too.

Parents with children in after-school programs are less stressed, have fewer unscheduled absences, and are more productive at work.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help support safe family centers. Donate now.

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Gang membership increases a teen's chance of death.

A gang member is 60 times more likely to experience death by homicide than the general population.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help support safe family centers. Donate now.

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We believe in the power of strong families.

The Salvation Army offers a wide array of community programs to help cultivate brighter futures. Along with community centers dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, and spiritual growth of moms, dads, and kids, we provide summer camps for kids, after-school programs for students of all ages, summer programs for high school students, and numerous music, art, and athletic programs for aspiring youth. While free summer camp invites kids to experience the world in a new way, extracurricular activities give families access to programs they might not otherwise be able to afford.

The Salvation Army Gives Kids and Families a Chance at a Better Life

Watch how The Salvation Army lets kids experience summer camp for the first time.

Broken Families Can Be Healed. You Can Help.

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