Since March 2020, The Salvation Army has been actively responding to the historic health and financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amidst the devastating losses of the past year, we’ve remained strong and nimble to meet the ever-growing needs of the most vulnerable members of society.
2020 marked The United States’ most significant single-year jump in poverty since the government began tracking it in 1960. For more than 8 million Americans who have fallen into poverty since May 2020, the pandemic has dramatically exacerbated daily challenges, such as limited access to proper care, hygiene, and medical resources.
In fact, the pandemic -- when combined with existing epidemics of need – has been felt most acutely by those least equipped to endure it. To combat this perilous reality, The Salvation Army has:
As needs continue to evolve, we will continue to pivot our service offerings. With the support and generosity of our donors, we will press on, doing the most good for all those impacted by COVID-19.
The essential services that we provide on a year-round basis – homeless shelters, food pantries, disaster relief, veteran’s services and others – are for the benefit of our country’s most vulnerable people. Because of a lack of information and access to good hygiene, homeless families and those living in poverty have been hit especially hard by the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
We know concerned Americans are looking for ways to help during this crisis. The Salvation Army will continue to open our arms, hearts, and doors to those who need us, but our homeless shelters and food pantries are quickly reaching capacity. We are at work finding alternatives and solutions to this reality, like mobile food service and deliveries to families in need who are sheltering in place.
Please consider helping us help your neighbors in need during this crisis. You can rest assured that your donation will stay in your own area.
Q: How can I donate money to support Coronavirus COVID-19 relief efforts?
A: To support The Salvation Army, a monetary donation ensures we can continue service delivery in your community. Financial contributions allow us to quickly respond to changing needs, as well as support local economies through the purchase of goods. Every dollar gives hope to those living in poverty during this pandemic.
Your donations to The Salvation Army help us serve the most vulnerable members of your community.
A: Some of our thrift stores have reopened and are accepting clothing and household goods. Please visit our Thrift Stores locator to find your nearest drop-off location or to schedule a pickup where available.
Q: How can I mobilize others from my computer?
Create your own fundraiser to provide hope to those in need in your community.
Q: Can I make a recurring gift?
A: Yes. The assurance of ongoing revenue from recurring gifts empowers The Salvation Army to expand our services further and faster.
Q: Can I donate food?
A: Yes. Local Salvation Army facilities are in need of the following in-kind items:
Check with your local Salvation Army to learn what’s needed.
Q: Can I volunteer my time to the cause?
A: In some locations, yes. Please check with your local Salvation Army to see if there are any volunteer opportunities if you would like benefit your community that way.
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