What does The Salvation Army do?
Is The Salvation Army really an army?
Are you a social services agency?
No, we are a group of committed Christians who are concerned to see that the gospel - the good news of Jesus Christ - reaches the needs of the whole person. The Army's social work sprang out of such concern.
Does The Salvation Army help only those of a certain religion?
The Salvation Army pledges to help people of all religions, as well as those with no religious base. Its our official policy. "All social welfare services to individuals or families are given without discrimination, according to the capacity of the organization to serve in meeting the needs of those involved."
Do you have to join The Salvation Army church before The Army will help you?
No. We respect those who come to us in need, whatever their beliefs may be. We try to establish an environment in which spiritual choice is possible.
Does The Salvation Army discriminate in its delivery of services against those of a particular race or sexual orientation?
We strive to meet the needs of vulnerable groups and those overlooked or ignored in our communities. We make no distinction based on ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Why should I contribute to The Salvation Army?
There are several answers to this question. First, The Salvation Army has demonstrated its ability to effectively identify and efficiently meet urgent human needs in communities throughout the world for over 120 years. When you give to us, you know that your money is going to those who need it most. Second, the people we serve have multiple needs. The wide range of our programs means that we can deal with the whole person under the umbrella of a single agency. Third, our staff combines the expertise of professional training with the experience of working on a wide variety of social problems and emergency relief situations.
I can't make a financial contribution right now. How else can I help?
There are many ways to give to The Salvation Army and to those in need in your community. Donated items such as gift baskets for Christmas or toys and coats for kids make a big difference. You can also assist by repairing Salvation Army camps in your local area or donating camp equipment. Last but not least, you can simply give time by volunteering to help with our fundraising campaigns and other activities. Visit our Donate and Volunteer pages for more info.
How is my donation used?
The Salvation Army translates it's faith into action by offering programs and services to assist those in need in a variety of ways. Your gift can enable us to serve nutritious meals to older adults, shelter homeless families, help people overcome addictions, provide after-school tutoring and recreation, and send inner-city children to summer camp. If your concern is global, you can contribute to Salvation Army World Services, which provides such programs as HIV/AIDS clinics in Africa, homeless feeding services in Russia, enterprise development in the Philippines, and homes for orphaned and abandoned children in Mexico.
How much of your money goes to administration?
The Salvation Army makes every effort to ensure that the maximum possible amount from donations reaches those in need. Approximately 90 cents of every dollar we collect goes in direct assistance to the homeless, the mentally ill, the physically challenged, victims of drug and alcohol abuse, and others under our care.
Is The Salvation Army only in the United States of America?
No. The Salvation Army actually began in London, England, before expanding to The United States. The Salvation Army currently has offices and services in 116 countries and territories and shares the gospel and love of the Lord in over 175 languages. This web site is dedicated to the Eastern Territory of The Salvation Army within the United States, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
How can I join or learn more about The Salvation Army?
We encourage you to contact your nearest Salvation Army office or headquarters if you are interested in joining or if you seek more information. Salvation Army locations in your area can be found in the Locations section of this web site. Those interested in contributing can also see our donations page or volunteer through the online Volunteering section. Thank you for helping us to help others.
How many people are in The Salvation Army?
There are currently well over 1 million soldiers of God within The Salvation Army worldwide. This includes volunteers, officers, and employees; and this number is growing. Please see our international statistics for more detailed information. Literally thousands of people participate in The Salvation Army's good deeds in the Eastern Territory alone.