HONOLULU (Aug. 22, 2018) – As Hurricane Lane continues on a track to potentially affect the Hawaiian Islands, The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division today announced that they are prepared to respond with community assistance as needed. The Salvation Army is part of a team of agencies providing assistance during events and works closely with the State of Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Continue reading “The Salvation Army Readies for Hurricane Lane”
August 25 marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall on Texas’s Gulf Coast. The hurricane sat over Southern Texas, dumping between 20 and 60 inches of rain in a matter of days and raising flood levels to nearly 10 feet in some places. Wind gusts topped 132 miles per hour along the coast. Whole towns were destroyed and millions of lives were impacted. Hurricane Harvey caused more than $125 billion in damage, tying with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest storm in U.S. history.
When a fire engulfed more than 90 apartments in Prospect Heights, families lost everything – clothing, pictures, furniture, state-issued identification and more. The Salvation Army was there to support the firefighters and the survivors, offering food, beverages and comfort.
National Salvation Army Week 2018 is May 14-20, and is a time to celebrate the Army’s services to our neighbors who are vulnerable and in need. You know the Army is “Doing the Most Good,” but do you know what that means?
Here are 10 things you may not know The Salvation Army offers in our local communities… Continue reading “10 Things You Don’t Know About the Army”
As a part of National Volunteer Week, we are recognizing the impact that volunteers make with The Salvation Army. This blog features an article originally printed in Central Connection – a newsletter for The Salvation Army’s Central Territory (read the entire newsletter here), and highlights recent stories about volunteers and staff in the wake of 2017’s record-setting disastrous weather.
When life-long Salvationists and Central Territorial Headquarters employee Blythe Marinelli developed an interest in becoming an emergency disaster services (EDS) volunteer with her husband, Jack, it quickly turned into a passion. In the past year and a half they discovered a ministry through which they receive much personal satisfaction while serving others in God’s name.
After completing the training required to be certified and registered as EDS volunteers, the Marinellis’ first experience was helping the Metropolitan Division when the Fox River flooded. Their second EDS experience took them far from home when they joined the first hurricane-relief team deployed by the territory to Puerto Rico last fall. Continue reading “Emergency Disaster Services Volunteers Are There When Needed”