While Christmas comes at the end of the calendar year for most, it starts in October for The Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers. That’s when Oak Park-native Cora Burton, long-time volunteer at The Salvation Army Norridge Corps Community Center, starts recruiting area corporate and community partners to support the Angel Tree program. The program provides Christmas gifts for area families who would otherwise not be able to afford them. Families also receive a Christmas dinner box. Continue reading “Local Volunteer Keeps Christmas Assistance Program Running in Norridge”
Though homelessness is often considered an urban issue, the numbers of homeless in suburban communities of Chicago has been on the rise for several years. In Northwest Suburban Cook County, the homelessness rate has risen by 55 percent over the past two years, including more than 1,850 school students – the easiest homeless population to track – being reported as homeless.
But The Salvation Army’s Des Plaines Corps Community Center outreach volunteers are working to ensure that those living on the streets in their community aren’t invisible or forgotten. Continue reading “Helping the Homeless in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs”
This week is The Salvation Army Celebrity Bell Ringer Week – a great way to kick off the holiday season. Stop by the kettle, say “hi”, and snap a photo with some of our favorite celebrities as they join us in our Fight For Good! Continue reading “Celebrity Bell Ringers Usher in the Holiday Spirit”
Giving Tuesday is the day that we traditionally focus on charitable giving and supporting our favorite nonprofit organizations. It’s a day that organizations are extra diligent in explaining the impact of their services and how the public can help make a difference. But if you want to “give” and make a difference throughout the Christmas season, we have seven ideas for you. Continue reading “Giving Tuesday: How to Give All Season”
Laurel Latimer and her family (Henry, Katie and Sarah) have volunteered for many years, serving Thanksgiving dinner at The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center in Chicago. They have found the opportunity to give of themselves so meaningful that Katie now volunteers to serve those who are homeless around her college in California. We asked Laurel to share why her family volunteers and what is so special about the experience. Continue reading “Volunteering: One Family’s Thanksgiving Tradition”