West Philadelphia Corps Equips Youth with Tools for Success

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21st Century Learning Zone at the    West Phila Corps

The Salvation Army’s West Philadelphia Corps Community Center is known for its robust 21st Century Learning Zone – an after-school program, which provides young people with a safe, caring and educational environment.  Every weekday afternoon the building is buzzing with students’ energy and excitement – from the digital learning program to puppetry class.

“It’s my privilege to touch the lives of hundreds of students in the course of being here,” said Dr. Michael Koku, known as Dr. Mike to his students and colleagues. Continue reading “West Philadelphia Corps Equips Youth with Tools for Success”

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Restoring Hope in Kensington: Video

The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia is among a number of agencies partnering with the City of Philadelphia to provide hope and transform lives of individuals and families living in Kensington and Fairhill. These neighborhoods are being held hostage by the heroin epidemic. On a blistering hot day in July, a team of Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia volunteers headed out with city workers to the area around Hope Park near East Indiana and Ella Streets.  This is how community outreach can begin the healing: Continue reading “Restoring Hope in Kensington: Video”

EDS Lends Support to City of Philadelphia During NFL Draft

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EDS Providing Support to the City during the DNC in June 2016

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Unit stationed in Philadelphia will support the City of Philadelphia by providing hydration and food to hundreds of first responders and city workers on duty during the three-day National Football League Draft, Thursday April 27 through Saturday April 29. Continue reading “EDS Lends Support to City of Philadelphia During NFL Draft”

How Your Toy Donation Makes a Difference at Christmas (with video)

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Major Philip Ferreira, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia Director of Operations

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.

It is an emotional experience for so many, who may otherwise go without gifts and toys at Christmas if it was not for the assistance from The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. Continue reading “How Your Toy Donation Makes a Difference at Christmas (with video)”

500 Roll-Up Sleeves for a Day of Service

img_7013Despite a deluge of rain to kick off the morning – an army of volunteers descended on The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia on September 19. 500 employees of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) put their regular office jobs to the side, rolled up their sleeves and volunteered their time and talents for a Day of Service. PwC volunteers worked on projects at six Salvation Army building across the city – including painting the iconic Salvation Army red kettles, landscaping and grounds clean-up, building maintenance, warehouse cleaning and sorting of holiday toys, as well as fun and interactive activities with older adults living at Salvation Army senior housing complexes. Continue reading “500 Roll-Up Sleeves for a Day of Service”

Serving up Hope and Smiles in a Sand Box

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June 2016

The grassy fenced-in area on the corner of Broad and Brown Streets is somewhat of a special place for families at the Red Shield Residence. The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia‘s transitional housing program is safe, loving, respectful and compassionate, providing families in crisis with shelter and services as they strive towards self-sufficiency. The yard next to the building is a space where families can let their kids play and enjoy some outdoor time together there as they navigate a difficult time in their lives. However in recent years, it was in need of some love and attention. Continue reading “Serving up Hope and Smiles in a Sand Box”

Teen volunteers on a mission to serve The Salvation Army

IMG_3758The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s headquarters on Conshohocken Avenue was a flurry of activity the week of June 27, with the sound of power equipment echoing through the hallways.  Teens with the faith-based group, World Changers, traveled from across the country on a mission trip to perform community service. The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia was one of the local agencies blessed with their help for four days.

“They are amazing,” said Major Susan Ferreira, Associate Director of Operations, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia.  “I’ve wanted to work on cleaning and organizing the basement since last year, but never had the manpower until now.”  Continue reading “Teen volunteers on a mission to serve The Salvation Army”