PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) employees & IBX Vice President Honored for Commitment to Community Service

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Lt. Colonels Banfield, Honorees: Marylin Canty; Ed Lovelidge, PwC;  Rev. Dr. Lorina Blake-Marshall, IBX; and Majors Ferreira.

The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia gathered with hundreds of members of the community on May 19 to celebrate more than 150 years of global service to those in need, raise awareness of its local programs and services and to honor those dedicated to community service and the betterment of the City of Philadelphia.

Each year, The Salvation Army honors individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional altruism. This year’s honorees are: Continue reading “PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) employees & IBX Vice President Honored for Commitment to Community Service”

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)”

Thanksgiving-to-Go

img_7531How 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”

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”

First Day at Clinic: Kindness & Compassion

I can’t help but feel humbled by the privilege I have to serve.

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Dr. Polsley & Major Lavenbein with local woman and her baby seeking care at medical clinic

~Major Mig Lavenbein

Sunday, January 31, 2016 – we started our day by worshiping at the San Pedro Sul Corps (church). We were blessed abundantly as we were lead in worship by the youth of the church through singing, drama & interpretive dance. The people of the church welcomed the medical brigade “home,” and said that in the 16 years that they have been coming, it always feels like the family is complete when they arrive.

Following worship we quickly changed into casual clothes and ate lunch, and then set up our first medical clinic. No amount of words I write will be able to paint a picture worthy of our first day with patients at the clinic.

Continue reading “First Day at Clinic: Kindness & Compassion”