On the Front Lines of Compassion, Fighting the Good Fight

Here in your community, The Salvation Army has been waging war on poverty for well over 100 years. From fire and flood, to abuse and hunger, The Salvation Army shield signifies a safe haven for thousands of Western Pennsylvania families. Day after day, hundreds of officers, employees, and volunteers provide clothing, food, shelter, and spiritual and emotional support to those in need. 

Here's how you can help - there are two ways you can contributeto the Red Shield Campaign:

Donate to the Red Shield Campaign    




Your contibution to the Red Shield Campaign will go directly to funding three major Salvation Army programs:


Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army provides grocery assistance, meals, clothing, lodging, rent assistance, utility assistance, medical and dental assistance, Christmas support (food and toys), back-to-school supplies and agency referrals to needy families in Allegheny County. In many cases, immediate assistance can be given to these families at one of our Worship and Service Centers.

Special care is taken to treat those requesting assistance with dignity and respect. Assistance is assessed on a personal basis, and clients are directed to The Salvation Army facility within their zip-code area. The system eliminates duplication and ensures that funds and support are handled efficiently and effectively. This network of social service programs are designed to assist vulnerable adults, families and children.



Located in East Liberty, The Family Caring Center is the only shelter in Greater Pittsburgh that houses entire families, including single mothers fathers. We help these families make ends meet and raise their children. Your donation goes to these struggling families during harsh economic times, helping them stay together and stay strong.

The Salvation 
Army Emergency Family Caring Center

Each year, 125 to150 families find refuge in The Salvation Army's Family Caring Center. These families of all statuses—couples with children, single mothers with children, single fathers with children—are in situations that threaten to leave them to the streets. They suffer from eviction, domestic abuse, substance abuse, emergency situations such as fires and floods, and other crisis situations, leaving them homeless and oftentimes panicked. The Salvation Army rescues them from this time of alarm and shelters them in the Family Caring Center.

The Salvation Army teaches life skills that educate the family about how to support one another through difficult times. Additionally, The Salvation Army strengthens families through counseling, educational programs, medical and dental services. Instructions in parenting, budgeting, and nutrition are also offered through Life Skills classes. The Family Caring Center's purpose is to provide residents the tools for independent living so they can succeed when they return to their communities and begin to build a new life.



The Salvation 
Army Emergency Family Caring Center

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, our Emergency Disaster Services department is on-call to provide clothing, food, clean-up assistance and shelter to victims of crisis. We are on the scene of fires, floods and other disasters in Western PA, distributing meals,drinks and comfort services to relief workers and victims.

The Salvation Army is among those first on scene when the disaster strikes. Staffed largely by volunteers, and led by a professional team, the EDS department also mans an emergency radio communication network (SATERN) that speeds assistance efforts. All over our 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division, Salvation Army EDS volunteers are providing a hot cup of coffee and a warm heart to first responders and victims.


The Salvation Army has been recognized by numerous agencies and experts in the field of philanthropy and leadership as one of America's best loved and best run charities.

  • "The Salvation Army's response on September 11th was impressive. Army officers and volunteers by the hundreds headed to New York City without even being asked." -Marvin Olasky, The Wall Street Journal, November 2001
  • "By far, the most effective organization in the U.S. No one even comes close to it in respect to clarity of mission, ability to innovate, measurable results, dedication and putting money to maximum use." - Peter Drucker, Forbes Magazine, August 1997

Sometimes, our clients can say it even better:

  • "Every time I think of what you have done for us, I cry tears of joy. You not only provided my family with a Christmas miracle, but you have given this family a flame of hope - and to think, we were only praying for a spark!" - Parents of four children, Carnegie
  • "I was traumatized. I was beside myself thinking I could have been in that car when the tree came down. I had limited insurance and I needed a way to get to work, but The Salvation Army said they would do their best to help me with getting another car. With their help, I was able to get a nice used one with all the amenities. I told the folks at my Bible study that I just kept running into blessings after that tornado." - A grandmother who was affected by the 1993 tornado, Shadyside

Your tax-deductible donation will allow us to continue to serve others.