21st Annual WBBM “Good Neighbor” Radiothon Benefits The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Program

WBBM Radio Good Neighbor Radiothon is almost here – Make Your Donation Now!

Happy holidays! This year has brought a lot of change to our nation, but one thing that remains unchanging is the persistence of hunger and homelessness in our community.

On Friday, December 9, The Salvation Army and WBBM Newsradio are joining forces to bring you the WBBM NewsRadio Good Neighbor Radiothon benefiting The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Club. All day, WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9FM will broadcast live from Woodfield Mall, raising money through the support of listeners like you. All proceeds from Radiothon will help expand our services for people who are homeless or hungry.

On any given night in Chicago, nearly 6,000 men, women and children are homeless. Every day, thousands come to The Salvation Army throughout Chicagoland looking for food, shelter and other basic necessities that, for one reason or another, they no longer have access to. That’s why we created the Bed & Bread Club — to combat homelessness and hunger in our community.

Now, as we enter the holiday season and 2017 draws near, we’re expanding our services to better meet the needs of our neighbors. In the coming months, The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division in Chicagoland will expand our services by nearly three times, tripling our shelter capacity and offering even more feeding services.

That’s where you come in.

Need is greatest during the holiday season. Thousands seek refuge from the chilling cold, and many families want nothing more than a nourishing holiday meal together. Help us fulfill the promise we set forth every day to feed, shelter and care for as many of our hurting neighbors as we can. Tune in to WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9FM on Friday, December 9 for the Good Neighbor Radiothon benefiting the Bed & Bread Club. You can make your donation during the radiothon or you can make your today at 844.361.8400 or online at www.bedandbreadchicago.org. Your kindness will help us do even more good in 2017.

The Salvation Army joins Retrofit Chicago to reduce energy use

The Salvation Army Metropolitan Divisional Headquarters has joined Retrofit Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s program to promote energy efficiency and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions among Chicago businesses.

“As a member of this program, we are proud to take the next step by committing to a 20 percent reduction in energy usage at the Metropolitan Divisional Headquarters building over the next five years,” said Lt. Colonel Charles Smith, Metropolitan Divisional Commander. “Tracking and sharing our facilities’ energy use is uncovering opportunities for energy and cost savings.”

After a complete assessment of the building’s energy usage, the Army is looking at ways to reduce water, gas and electric consumption. This includes updating our lighting fixtures and timing controls, modernizing the building’s HVAC system and upgrading bathrooms with water-saving devices. We are also looking at ways to harness the earth’s natural energy including solar and wind-driven options.

Freedom Center celebrates first year in West Humboldt Park

The Freedom Center celebrated its one-year anniversary in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood with a community open house. The afternoon featured hours of free activities and food including games, face painting, a bounce house, snow cones, local vendors and community partners, and a BBQ dinner made by Major Merrill Powers.

“This is such a wonderful occasion, and it’s important for us to celebrate with our community. We are so excited and blessed to have been welcomed with open arms and open hearts,” said Major Nancy Powers. “In just one short year, we’ve made a difference here. Just imagine what we can do in the coming years!”

The Freedom Center campus houses a corps community center, the Harbor Light Center substance abuse rehabilitation program and the Pathway Forward community-reintegration program for ex-offenders, and serves as the home base for the Mobile Feeding and Outreach Unit which serves Chicago’s homeless population.

Click here to see more photos of the open house.

West Monroe Partners named Salvation Army corporate volunteer of the year for the Central Territory

The Salvation Army has named West Monroe Partners as the Central Territory’s corporate volunteer of the year for its many years of dedication to the Metropolitan Division. They were selected from among a pool of nominees representing 10 divisions.

For several years, employees in West Monroe Partners’ Operational Excellence have volunteered their time to do landscaping projects at corps community centers, decorate the Freedom Center for the holidays, man phone lines at radiothons, create fleece blankets for homeless clients and make thousands of sandwiches for the Army’s Mobile Feeding and Outreach unit. In total, they’ve logged more than 250 volunteer hours in three years.

“Their dedication to and support of our mission is so genuine,” said Linda Reiter, Volunteer Resource Manager for The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. “Whatever project they do, they do it with so much energy and devotion. They come in and really try to make a difference for our clients.”

Major Nancy Powers, Freedom Center administrator, appreciates the energy and joy the employees bring with them. “We have to summon all of our energy just to keep up with you and we love it,” she told the group at a recent award ceremony. “We are planning many more projects for the next time you visit us.”

During last summer’s radiothon to benefit the Army’s Let the Music Begin program, West Monroe volunteers challenged a team member to complete a set of push ups to encourage donations from other West Monroe employees. This creative challenge resulted in the largest hourly donation total of the entire event.

The Salvation Army recently visited West Monroe Partners to present their award and host a celebration with homemade apple tarts and strawberry ice cream. The tarts were made by head chef, Thomas, who works closely with West Monroe when they volunteer at the Freedom Center.

Thank you West Monroe Partners for your support of The Salvation Army and so many other charitable organizations throughout Chicago. You truly represent the spirit of corporate social responsibility. We are proud to call your our volunteer of the year.

The Salvation Army Celebrates National Donut Day

On Friday, June 3, Salvation Army staff dressed as Donut Lassies handed out free Entenmann’s donuts at Ogilve Train Station for National Donut Day. The lassies and staff members from Entenmann’s joined the Mix 101.9 FM commuter party for the morning rush hour and distributed more than 5,000 free chocolate frosted donuts.

In addition to the commuter party, Salvation Army staff and volunteers will be stationed throughout Chicago and the suburbs on Friday and Saturday handing out these delectable treats in exchange for a donation to support the Army’s programs and services for society’s most vulnerable citizens.

In 1938, in Chicago, The Salvation Army dedicated the first Friday in June to celebrating the Donut Lassies – the volunteers who brought donuts and coffee to the soldiers on the front lines in World War I.