As the financial downturn drags on, The Salvation Army of Western PA has struggled to continue to meet the needs of its area residents. In fiscal 2010, more than 7,339 additional individuals in crisis have turned to the organization desperately in need of a host of support services. Many of these families never dreamed that they would be on the other side of the red kettle.
“Over the past few years, this economy has had a devastating emotional and financial effect on thousands of people in Western Pennsylvania,” said Major William H. Bode, The Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Divisional Commander. “In the past year, we have been hit with 35% increases in orders for both food and clothing. And, the demand for other services continues to climb. The Salvation Army’s ‘New Face of Need’ workplace giving arm is critical to keeping these families afloat.”
The Salvation Army's new initiative, the New Face of Need Workplace Giving Campaign allows employees to support The Salvation Army of Western PA and in turn encourages their employers to match their generosity. These human service campaigns provide financial support to two vital Salvation Army programs: Comprehensive Social Services and Emergency Disaster Services.
“We want to make workplace giving as easy and painless as possible,” said Fran Brace, The Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Divisional Director of Development. Brace added, “Employees appreciate that 100% of their contribution goes directly to meeting physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual needs of local families and individuals on a case-by-case basis.”
To support The Salvation Army New Face of Need Workplace Giving Campaign, individual donors may give by check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to The Salvation Army New Face of Need and sent to The Salvation Army, New Face of Need, PO Box 742, 700 North Bell Avenue, Carnegie, PA 15106. All donations will remain in the community designated by the donor. For credit card contributions or more information on the New Face of Need Workplace Giving Campaign, call Salvation Army Divisional Director of Fundraising, Lauren Brant at 412-446-1644.