Cindy Downgraded, The Salvation Army ALM Still Monitoring Need

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:06
JACKSON, MS – The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi is still monitoring the needs across our three-state area even as Cindy is downgraded to a tropical depression. To this point, The Salvation Army has received no requests for assistance. “Cindy is still a threat as it moves northeast across the top of our area,” said Terry Lightheart, EDS Director, The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. [READ MORE]

Salvation Army in Texas Ready and Prepared to Respond to Tropical Storm Cindy

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:10
Dallas, Texas (June 21, 2017) – Salvation Army Emergency Disaster teams in Southeast Texas are ready and prepared to respond as storm force winds and heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Cindy hit the region. Alvin Migues, Emergency Services Director for The Salvation Army Texas Division said, “We have two mobile kitchens in the Houston area on standby and multiple response teams across the Southeast Texas region preparing to support potential [READ MORE]

Salvationists in Portugal Offer Assistance After Wildfires Cause Devastation

Salvation Army - International - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:57
Salvationists in Portugal are helping people affected by wildfires that have killed at least 64 and caused destruction in the Pedrógão Grande area 2017-06-21T17:57:45Z
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News Feature: The President, the Entrepreneur and The Salvation Army

Salvation Army - International - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:39
Former Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Peter Vesterbacka have been photographed in evocative, monochromatic ‘what if?’ portraits 2017-06-21T17:39:39Z
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First Slovakian Officers Commissioned

Salvation Army - International - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:25
The Salvation Army officially ‘opened fire’ in Slovakia less than two years ago, in September 2015 2017-06-21T16:25:17Z
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The Salvation Army Ready As Tropical Storm Heads For Gulf Coast

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:13
JACKSON, MS – The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi is preparing for the potential impact of Invest 93L along the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) of The Salvation Army has asked all 31 Corps and sixteen service centers across the three-state area to ready equipment and disaster personnel for deployment should the need arise. “The first priority for The Salvation Army is to ensure its [READ MORE]

News Feature: Chief of the Staff Strengthens Chinese Church Relationships

Salvation Army - International - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:24
Collaboration and friendship between The Salvation Army and churches in China were strengthened through a meeting at IHQ 2017-06-20T15:24:50Z
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News Feature: Chief of the Staff Strengthens Chinese Church Relationships

Salvation Army - International - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:24
Collaboration and friendship between The Salvation Army and churches in China were strengthened through a meeting at IHQ 2017-06-20T15:24:50Z
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The Salvation Army Continues Long-Term Recovery in Georgia

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:44
ALBANY, GA (June 19, 2017) – The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term emergency relief services to residents whose lives were forever changed in January 2017 following a series of deadly tornadoes that ravaged parts of South Georgia. Within minutes of the first tornadoes touching down, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response (EDS) teams deployed multiple mobile feeding units throughout affected areas. Over 19,500 meals, snacks, and drinks were [READ MORE]

Portugal: Portugal: Forest Fires - Jun 2017 - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 19:00
GLIDE number: WF-2017-000073-PRT
Disaster type: Wild Fire
Affected countries: Portugal

Deadly forest fires starting on Saturday, 17 June 2017 in the village of Escalos Fundeiros has swept through central Portugal killing at least 62, injuring 62 and displacing some 200 people to date. Portuguese authorities have evacuated the district emergency plans and national contingency plan in the night of the 17th and requested international assistance from the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism for aircraft support. (IFRC, 19 June 2017)

Date: 17 Jun 2017
Status: Ongoing

Care Continues for UPS Community Affected by Tragic San Francisco Shooting

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 18:02
San Francisco, CA (June 16, 2017):  The Salvation Army was called by the Red Cross as one of several organizations asked to provide counseling services and emotional and spiritual care to the UPS community affected by the tragic shooting at the company’s facility in Potrero Hill on Wednesday, June 14.   Salvation Army officers are ordained ministers trained to provide grief counseling and [READ MORE]

First Lady Cecilia Abbott Announces 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards Recipients

One Star Foundation - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:41

First Lady Cecilia Abbott Announces 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards Recipients

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Honorary Chair of the 34th annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards, today announced the 2017 award recipients. The Governor’s Volunteer Awards, administered by OneStar Foundation, honor the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations in Texas that have made a positive impact in their communities or across the state through service and volunteering. Through her Texanthropy Initiative, Mrs. Abbott has made promoting volunteerism and service to others her primary focus as First Lady of Texas.

“It is no secret that Texas is filled with generous individuals and organizations, but these eleven awardees are truly extraordinary,” Mrs. Abbott said. “I am touched by all of the amazing things they are each doing to help their fellow Texans. Their example is truly inspiring.”

The awardees will be honored in the Fall at an evening reception at the Texas Governor’s Mansion. The recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards are:

Governor’s Lone Star Achievement Award — David Godwin

David Godwin has performed decades of volunteer service in the Houston area. His longest-running charitable endeavor is with Literacy Initiative for Today (LIFT) at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where more than 10,000 adult students from over 20 countries have learned to speak English. David has also served as coordinator for the Center for Cultural Interchange since 2002, he has served as a board member of “Families with Children from China” since 1999, coordinated a silent auction to raise funds for the organization, and he has taught ESL at Houston’s Chinese Consulate. Additionally, David and his wife Lucy have hosted more than 75 students from 28 different countries who are in the U.S. attending intensive language schools in Houston.

First Lady’s Rising Star Award — Micah Pinson

Micah Pinson is only twelve-years-old, but he has already performed several years of volunteer service. In 2011, at the age of seven, Micah decided that he wanted to give back to Dallas Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the hospital that has helped him with a hand deformity. Micah conceived a community service project – a toy drive – that today stands as the largest single toy donation for the hospital. In total, more than 25,000 toys have been collected over the last six years, and 2016 was the best year ever with over 10,000 toys donated. Each year, Micah seeks ways to involve more community and business leaders in this project, and sees this not only as a way of giving back to the hospital that helped him so much, but also as a blessing in his life. 

Partners in Education Award — Fort Bend Education Foundation

In 1992, Fort Bend County business and community leaders came together to form the Fort Bend Education Foundation (FBEF). FBEF’s mission is to “inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine.” Throughout its twenty-five year history, FBEF has provided support to the 75 campuses that house the more than 74,500 students and approximately 5,000 teachers in Fort Bend ISD. FBEF works collaboratively with the school district, and has given $32 million in grant funding to provide an exceptional learning experience, helping enhance educational outcomes by implementing programs that support teachers and equip students for a brighter future, while also utilizing the work of more than 800 volunteers.

Service to Veterans Award — Tony Smith

Retired Veteran Tony Smith has turned his service to country into a more-than-full-time, unpaid second career as a county-appointed Veterans Service Officer in Coryell County, which has one of Texas’ largest populations of disabled veterans. Two years ago, Tony found free office space and began reviewing a backlog of veteran’s cases where assistance had been requested but not acted upon, helping local veterans navigate the sometimes-challenging waters of the VA system. Tony serves as the commander of the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 74, and is a trained small group facilitator through “Bring Everyone in the Zone”, where in less than two years he helped grow local peer-to-peer veteran groups from one poorly-attended group to four thriving groups. Tony has provided for the veterans in his area in other ways as well, including counseling and support for several successful suicide prevention engagements, securing a motorized scooter for a disabled elderly veteran so he can be mobile on his rural property, raising funds for the burial of a veteran who died with no family to pay for the expenses, and assisting veterans’ family members with finding cost-effective funeral services and volunteer pastors.

Higher Education Community Impact Award — University of Houston SURE™ Program

The SURE™ Program, based at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business, stands for Stimulating Urban Renewal through Entrepreneurship, and that is exactly what the program has been doing with remarkable results. SURE™ trains students to provide current and aspiring entrepreneurs with free financial and business education, ongoing business consulting, and access to startup capital. The students are led and aided by a small staff and a large army of executive volunteers that guest lecture for each class and provide one-on-one consulting when needed. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony and pitch day. Since 2012, SURE™ has trained over 500 entrepreneurs from underserved and disadvantaged backgrounds and helped launch over 80 businesses.

Corporate Community Impact Award — USAA

USAA’s signature corporate responsibility cause is promoting military family resiliency, and a key pillar of this cause is supporting the needs of the 5.5 million caregivers who care for wounded, injured or ill service members and veterans. In 2016, USAA supported the PsychArmor Institute in its efforts to develop a free online school and call center catering to the unique needs of military caregivers. In less than six months, over 40,000 caregivers had completed at least one training course. According to the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, USAA is the first business to dedicate a pillar of its corporate responsibility program to addressing the nation’s military caregiver crisis, highlighting its commitment to programs that recognize the sacrifices and address the needs of our military and veterans, as well as their caregivers and families.

Corporate Community Impact Award for Small Business — Granite Properties, Inc.

Granite Properties, Inc. is a commercial real estate development and investment firm with offices in Dallas and Houston, and has made growing servant leaders an integral part of its corporate fabric. Since it was founded in 1991, employees have been encouraged to “show up, stand up, speak up and contribute.” Each year Granite gives its employees 40 paid hours toward community service, and many employees strive to go above and beyond this commitment.  In 2016, Granite employees completed over 5,000 volunteer hours, servings organizations in Texas such as the Richmond State Supported Living Center, Children’s Medical Center in North Texas, Collin County Meals on Wheels, and Easter Seals. Through their volunteering, employees at Granite Properties are creating a lasting impact in the communities they serve. 

Community Leadership Award — Haven for Hope
Haven for Hope of Bexar County is the largest homeless service center in the State of Texas and is a national model in moving the homeless to self-sufficiency. Founded in 2010 with a focus on seeking innovative solutions to San Antonio’s homeless problem, Haven for Hope guides a person from homelessness to housing through a recovery framework and comprehensive on-site social services. With 137 nonprofit partners housed either on campus or in the community, Haven for Hope provides services to address the systemic causes of homelessness, including job training, basic reading to college preparation, professional certifications, financial literacy, behavioral health services, spiritual care and more. Its Ambassador Program is led by men and women residing at Haven and addresses community needs while providing those experiencing homelessness with the opportunity to give back.  More than 3,600 Haven resident volunteers have participated in the Ambassador program through neighborhood cleanup and beautification projects, demonstrating Haven’s strong commitment to the San Antonio community. Through its unique model, Haven for Hope is making a difference in the lives of San Antonio homeless, local businesses and the community at large.  

AmeriCorps “Make a Difference” Awardees

AmeriCorps — Erin Moody

Erin Moody is currently completing her second term of service as an AmeriCorps member with Communities In Schools of Central Texas, a dropout prevention program. During her service term, Erin has carried a caseload of more than forty 6th through 8th grade students at Lockhart Junior High School with whom she meets individually for at least one hour per week. Last year, one hundred percent of Erin’s students improved in academics and behavior, ninety percent passed all four of their core classes, and one hundred percent were promoted to the next grade level – making Erin the only AmeriCorps member to have these results with such a large caseload of students. Erin has also facilitated numerous student-led projects on campus during her service. Erin has gone above and beyond to build relationships and initiate strategies that encourage and empower the youth at Lockhart Junior High so that they have the best opportunity to reach their full potential as well-educated, engaged young citizens.

AmeriCorps VISTA — Shelby Thomas

Shelby Thomas is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving in the Disaster Relief and Recovery Division of the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, a member of the Greater Houston Storm Recovery Network and the Texas Gulf Coast VOAD. Houston was impacted by four major storms from 2015 to 2016, and Shelby’s work as a VISTA was invaluable to recovery efforts.  One of the greatest challenges in times of disaster is communication across the many volunteer organizations involved in response and recovery.  Seeing this, Shelby implemented systems and processes to address this challenge. Not only were Shelby’s efforts a success, but they are already being replicated by associated ministries, and will remain in place even after her service is completed. This will ensure that Shelby’s significant contributions during her time as a VISTA will have a lasting impact.

Senior Corps — Arlen and Mary ’Beth Lohse

For over 30 years, Arlen and Mary ’Beth Lohse have been volunteering as drivers with Meals for the Elderly in San Angelo. In 2004, upon their retirement, the Lohses started volunteering fulltime through West Texas RSVP, a Senior Corps Program. They deliver meals on at least seven routes within a 5-day work week, though they often go beyond that by serving as substitute or emergency drivers. But they Lohses don’t just deliver meals – Mary ’Beth is known as the “napkin lady” for always providing a seasonally inspired napkin with the meals, and they also provide clients with special packages of cookies on milk delivery days, bologna on bread days, and lollipops – including sugar-free lollipops for diabetic clients. Many in the San Angelo community say there is no one who does more for the Meals for the Elderly program or the clients served than Arlen and Mary ’Beth Lohse. 

To view the official press release on the Office of the Governor website please click here.

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Volunteers Across Central Florida Serve Community for Pulse Commemorations

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:49
Orlando, Florida - Thousands of people braved the rain to honor the 49 who were killed and dozens wounded at Pulse Nightclub on Monday, June 12, 2017. Monday marked the one year anniversary since tragedy struck the Pulse Nightclub near downtown Orlando. The City of Orlando and Orange County Government, in collaboration with Pulse, jointly designated June 12, 2017, as “Orlando United Day - A Day of Love and Kindness.” A [READ MORE]

Congress Inspires USA Central Territory to Pursue Mission

Salvation Army - International - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 08:56
Nearly 3,500 Salvationists and friends were encouraged in their faith and inspired to pursue mission at USA Central Territory's Forward Together Congress 2017-06-15T13:56:46Z
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Congress Inspires USA Central Territory to Pursue Mission

Salvation Army - International - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 08:56
Nearly 3,500 Salvationists and friends were encouraged in their faith and inspired to pursue mission at USA Central Territory's Forward Together Congress 2017-06-15T13:56:46Z
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Chief of the Staff Leads Forward-Looking Anniversary Meetings at Morriston, UK

Salvation Army - International - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 06:21
The Chief of the Staff and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle led 130th anniversary meetings at Morriston Corps in Wales 2017-06-15T11:21:48Z
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The Salvation Army Responds to Virginia Shooting

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 15:41
Photo: Alexandria Chief of Police Michael Brown (center) stands with Salvation Army disaster response team members after tragic shooting. Alexandria, VA (June 14, 2017) - In the aftermath of this morning’s shooting, The Salvation Army Alexandria Citadel Corps is now on the scene providing water and food to emergency personnel and investigators. The shooting occurred in Eugene Simpson Field in the Del Ray neighborhood [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Responds to Deadly San Francisco Shooting

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 14:42
San Francisco, CA (June 14, 2017):  On Wednesday, June 14, The Salvation Army responded to the needs of those affected by a shooting that took place in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The Emergency and Disaster Services team headed to the scene near 17th Street and San Bruno to provide food and hydration for the police officers waiting to respond.  Several people were injured when an active shooter opened [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Responds to Grenfell Tower Residence in London, England

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:58
June 14, 2017: The Salvation Army has been responding to the horrific fire that broke out at Grenfell Towers in West London (UK) during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Volunteers from the church and charity across London have come together to support the city’s emergency services as well as people directly affected by the tragedy. Today, The Salvation Army, has launched an appeal in response to the overwhelming [READ MORE]

Guatemala: Guatemala: Earthquake - Jun 2017 - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 19:00
GLIDE number: EQ-2017-000071-GTM
Disaster type: Earthquake, Land Slide
Affected countries: Guatemala, Mexico

Following the 14 June earthquake in Guatemala near the Mexican border, the death toll continues to rise. As of 16 June at 7.00 UTC, national authorities of Guatemala report that five people were killed, 19 people injured, 3 181 people affected and 173 houses damaged in the departments of San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Suchitepequez and Retalhuleu. A number of landslides also occurred on the roads of Atlantic and Retalhuleu on 14 June, following the earthquake.
According to the National Coordinator for Natural Disaster Risk Reduction, an Orange Alert is still in effect in the four departments. The assessment of damages is ongoing. (ECHO, 16 Jun 2017)

Date: 14 Jun 2017
Status: Alert


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