January 23, 2017- The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia announced that its advisory board has appointed three new members.
Jeffrey Dunne, Principal, Deals-Valuation Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers; David Hackett, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; and Brady Hooper, Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services, Inc. have recently joined The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s advisory board. The appointment increased the number of advisory board members from 23 to 26.
“We are committed to the mission and cause of The Salvation Army and the essential role it plays in Philadelphia and throughout the region. Our board is determined to support The Salvation Army with expert advice and counseling from the very best, most talented leaders in Pennsylvania,” said Aaron Cohen, Advisory Board Chair, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. “Jeffrey, David and Brady bring a wealth of career experience and professional leadership to an already outstanding board. “
“Our Advisory Board is vital to the success of The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia and we are grateful for members’ time, talent and guidance,” said Major A. Philip Ferreira, Director of Operations, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. There are thousands of individuals and families throughout Philadelphia who are in desperate need of emotional, financial, physical and spiritual support that The Salvation Army provides each and every day. The Salvation Army is better prepared to meet those needs of our community through the efforts and guidance of our advisory board.”
Philadelphia’s Homeland Security held a press conference on January 18, 2017 to publicly announce the formation of the Philadelphia Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force was formed in 2016 for the purpose of combating human trafficking in Philadelphia by using a collaborative approach among federal and local law enforcement agencies and multiple social service organizations. The lead partnership agencies include: The Salvation Army’s New Day to Stop Trafficking program, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office- Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the FBI and Homeland Security Investigation. The Salvation Army coordinates victim services with the tremendous expertise of partner social service organizations, including: Friends of Farmworkers, Nationalities Service Center, Covenant House, Dawn’s Place, Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, and Villanova C-S-E Institute.
More than 400 community toy drives, as well as individual donations, resulted in the collection of thousands of toys and gifts for children age 12 and under. 6,000 of those donations alone were a result of the CBS 3 Joy of Sharing campaign!
Throughout the month of December, dozens of Salvation Army staff and dedicated volunteers worked to sort and prepare them for families in need. Parents and guardians, pre-approved for Christmas assistance, were able to select gifts for the children in their family.
Hundreds of families in need were treated to a Christmas extravaganza thanks to our friends at Wells Fargo.
Wells Fargo partnered with The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia to host a huge holiday party at Xfinity Live! for 150 local families, approximately 400 individuals, on Friday, December 23. The fun and festive event turned Xfinity Live into a Christmas fantasy land. The party featured Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves, arts and crafts, games, food and beverages, five ponies and a Wells Fargo Stage Coach. Continue reading “Wells Fargo Holiday Extravaganza”
Neighbors in the 4200 block of Greeby Street in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia celebrate the holidays with a spectacular Christmas lights tradition that brightens their block and the hearts of many families in need.
Residents spruce up dozens of homes with bright light displays and holiday decorations. It’s a scene that draws lines of onlookers in cars who drive by to check out the colorful festivities. The Salvation Army brass ensemble entertained neighbors by playing holiday music and a Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services canteen truck was also there with staff to serve coffee and snacks as neighbors enjoyed the winter wonderland celebration. A Salvation Army red kettle collected monetary donations and neighbors dropped off hundreds of new, unwrapped toys that were distributed to local families struggling to make ends meet.
Since 1879, The Salvation Army has provided assistance during the holiday season to enable the less fortunate to celebrate Christmas. The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia served nearly 14,000 children this season, distributing more than 30,000 gifts to ensure a special Christmas for underserved youth.
Our friends at CBS 3 and people across Greater Philadelphia helped make Christmas brighter for thousands of families in need this year.
CBS 3 partnered with The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia again this year for its Joy of Sharing campaign, which encourages members of the community to donate new, unwrapped toys to children who may otherwise go without at Christmas. Hundreds of businesses participated in the massive toy drive throughout December. Continue reading “Joy of Sharing (videos & photos)”
How much food does it take to feed 1000 families for Thanksgiving? The simple answer: a lot.
The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia hosted its annual Thanksgiving-to-Go on November 24, pulling in the expertise of its Soup’s On! program, teams of volunteers, and dozens of Salvation Army officers and staff from across the area. Thanksgiving-to-Go allows people to pick up their meals in the morning and celebrate the holiday with friends and loved ones in their home later that day. Continue reading “Thanksgiving-to-Go”