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Salvation Army Continues Black Forest Fire Relief Efforts

Posted by Megan on Monday, June 17, 2013 ·

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Firefighters and residents of Colorado Springs welcomed rain on Sunday that assisted with efforts to combat the area’s Black Forest Fire which has been blazing since June 11. The fire, which has destroyed 14,280 acres and 484 homes, was reported as 65% contained on Sunday.

1001773_648937215133903_1201408954_n[1]Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) crews remain on site providing food, hydration and additional assistance to those impacted by this disaster. An EDS team from Casper, WY continues to assist fire fighters at the Black Forest Fire Station #1 with food and drinks. Other feeding services such as this continue at the Emergency Operations Center, the Penrose Event Center and the Kit Carson Stables.

With the help of other organizations, The Salvation Army is also providing a wide range of assistance, including emotional and spiritual care, at the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. in Colorado Springs between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The organization’s disaster services advantage is its size and scope. The Salvation Army can be found serving in most communities even before disaster strikes, which makes mobilizing, serving and providing long-term relief that much more efficient.

Still assisting impacted residents of the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, The Salvation Army is coordinating with various agencies to discuss plans for Black Forest Fire recovery efforts in the months ahead and will continue to serve Coloradans in crisis so long as we are needed.

To donate, please visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires”.

Visit The Salvation Army Intermountain Division’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/imsalvationarmy.

Filed under Disaster Services · Tagged with Black Forest Fire, EDS, Emergency Disaster Services, The Salvation Army, Western Territory, Wildfire

Salvation Army keeps Phoenix hydrated during hot summer days

One of our Phoenix-area cooling stations

According to The Washington Post, the state of Arizona is in the top 10 fastest warming states since the 1970’s. Every summer, too many of Arizona’s homeless and elderly go without water and necessary items to keep them hydrated and protected from the extreme temperatures. As the temperatures rise, access to clean water and protection from the sun becomes an issue of life or death.

On average Arizona sees 109 days of 100-plus degree temperatures. For many, access to air conditioning, pools and fans is a constant comfort while others are not as fortunate.  Last year, officials estimate that about 100 elderly shut-ins and homeless people died of dehydration.

The Salvation Army’s Heat and Hydration Project Program, in partnership with local police and fire organizations, provides water and other helpful items to Arizona’s most vulnerable—our homeless and elderly.

Last week, 3TV and Safeway collected 92,307 bottles of water and $16,783 during a water drive for The Salvation Army. Currently, local Phoenix Ford dealerships are holding their own water drive continuing into next week.

Water donations are welcome. Every case of water you donate will be distributed through The Salvation Army on heat emergency days at one of our cooling stations.

Find the full article at The Salvation Army Western Territory’s blog, Expect Change, by clicking here.

For more information about donating to this program click here.

To learn more about The Salvation Army visit: www.salvationarmyusa.org

Salvation Army San Francisco Awarded $10,000 Grant from Charles Schwab Corporation

Last week, we asked Facebook users to vote for The Salvation Army of San Francisco in the Charles Schwab Community Services Contest, which welcomed four non-profits to submit videos in competition for a generous $10,000 grant from the Charles Schwab Corporation (CS&Co). Each video submission described the mission and service of the participating non-profit.

We are thrilled to announce that The Salvation Army won the grand prize of $10,000, all thanks to your votes! A huge congrats to The Salvation Army in San Francisco. Check out the winning video below:

“We’re so excited that CS&Co gave us the opportunity to share our mission with thousands of viewers who may not have known about The Army and the myriad of ways we help people in need every day,” Laine Hendricks, Public Relations Director for The Salvation Army Golden State Division said. “Telling the story of changed lives is just as valuable as the top prize itself.”

In addition, The Salvation Army of San Francisco welcomed Charles Schwab Corporation volunteers at three different locations during the 10th annual Schwab Volunteer Week which included service projects in 82 cities across the U.S., with the help of 3,200 employees.

As part of their week of service, volunteers assembled almost 3,000 sandwiches for The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center Homeless Outreach, a program which coordinates the delivery of food, socks, hygiene kits and other donated goods to people living on the streets of San Francisco.

“We are so humbled to be included among other worthy non-profits doing great work across America and we hope all the videos inspired viewers to give back to their local community through volunteering or donating,” Hendricks said.

We give thanks to partners like CS&Co who help enable The Salvation Army’s service to communities in need. For more information on The Salvation Army’s services, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.