Salvation Army Dispatches Second Canteen and Opens Reception Center for Flood Victims

Disaster Services Teams Serving First Responders and Flood Victims at Canteens in Albany Park and Elmhurst and at Reception Center in Mayfair

The Salvation Army is responding to storms that have created severe flooding in many Chicago neighborhoods and suburban communities.

Two Emergency Disaster Services mobile canteens and crews from The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division have been dispatched so far.  One canteen is in the Albany Park community of Chicago at the Eugene Park Field House at 5100 N. Ridgeway serving food and hydration to approximately 150 first responders and emergency personnel responding to the flooding  The second canteen is in Elmhurst serving food and at a shelter for flood victims who have been temporarily displaced from their homes.

The Salvation Army has also opened its community center in the Mayfair neighborhood at 5040 N. Pulaski as a reception center for flood victims at the request of the City of Chicagoin the event that overflow is needed for the temporary shelter set up at the Gompers Park Field House.

Additional canteens are on stand-by for immediate dispatch awaiting further requests from either the City Incident Command Center or suburban Emergency Management agencies.

The Salvation Army will continue to distribute updates throughout the storm relief efforts as additional information becomes available.  For up-to-date information, please contact Melanie Scofield, Director of Communications at 708-289-9047 (cell) or (773) 205-3254 (office).


To support The Salvation Army’s Disaster Services in the Chicagoland area, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to Please be sure to designate your gift “Disaster Services.”  Donors may also give by mobile phone.  Text CHICAGOFLOOD to 41444.

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About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide.


Salvation Army Response to Boston Marathon Explosions

Salvation Army Continues Response to Boston Marathon Explosions
The Salvation Army is serving food and drinks to survivors, families and First Responders at the Family Assistance Center at Park Plaza Castle in Boston.

Alexandria, Virginia (April 16, 2013) – The Salvation Army continues to assist those impacted by the Boston Marathon explosions. Canteens were positioned at various sites throughout the city, including the Unified Command Post, the Family Assistance Center and Kenmore Square. An additional canteen roved throughout the impacted area supplying food, snacks and beverages to those in need.

As of this morning, 1,729 meals, drinks were supplied to the victims, the families and first responders. The Salvation Army will remain on site at the Family Assistance Center, located at the Park Plaza Castle, as long as support is needed. Continue reading “Salvation Army Response to Boston Marathon Explosions”

Salvation Army to Provide Assistance Following Boston Marathon Explosions


Salvation Army Officers, Volunteers to Offer Spiritual and Emotional Care; Two Canteens Deployed

Alexandria, Virginia (April 15, 2013) – The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders in Boston, Massachusetts, after two explosions occurred near the Boston Marathon finish line this afternoon. The blasts caused at least two deaths and dozens of injuries for runners and spectators. Continue reading “Salvation Army to Provide Assistance Following Boston Marathon Explosions”

The Salvation Army to Hold First Annual 'Kroc WinterFest' at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

The Salvation Army to Hold First Annual ‘Kroc WinterFest’
at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

Weekend of Activities will Include sports clinics with the Chicago White Sox ACE program, music and dance performances, health workshops and sample classes for the whole family

CHICAGO – If too many candy canes and cookies are making it difficult to battle the winter bulge, head over to The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on the South Side of Chicago as they host the first annual ‘Kroc WinterFest’ on Sunday, January 20, and Monday, January 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend this indoor, winter sports festival, which includes a full weekend of exciting activities for the entire family designed to help beat the winter blues and stay active and healthy.

“This event was inspired by the Mayor’s Sports Fest, which was held each Christmas holiday,” said Major David Harvey, Senior Kroc Administrator. “Due to budget cuts, the city is no longer able to offer the opportunity for kids and families. Martin Luther King Jr. was a force to bring all opportunities to all people and we have chosen the weekend that celebrates his birthday and legacy to bring a festival back to the city of Chicago that will encourage kids, parents and even grandparents to come out and play. Sports leagues, fitness classes, and arts education are hallmarks of the Kroc Center. We welcome families and individuals from Chicago to join us this weekend and experience everything that the Kroc Center has to offer all year long.”

Sport demonstrations and clinics will be available for basketball, golf, soccer and baseball. Baseball clinics will be led by the Chicago White Sox ACE program and the Chicago State University Baseball Team.

For the fitness buff at any age, certified fitness instructors will hold workshops in the state-of-the-art Sports Training and Recreation Center, including spin, step, line dancing, aerobics, Zumba, Thai Chi, Qui Gong, strength training and kickboxing, Senior Fit and Rail-Yard Fun for young people.

Don’t forget your bathing suit. Relax by the pool, take a swimming lesson or watch demonstrations in diving and aqua therapy in the one-of-a-kind Aquatic Center, the only indoor waterpark in the City of Chicago and the only waterpark on Chicago’s South Side.

For the fine arts lover in your family, the Academy of the Arts will hold a variety of breathtaking musical, dance and dramatic performances. Classes in visual arts will also be available to sample.

Families will also enjoy the ‘Taste of Kroc’, bounce houses, games and more.

The event is free to Kroc Center members. Non-members will be charged a nominal fee of only $5 per family of four. All proceeds will directly help fund The Kroc Center. By supplementing expenses, The Kroc Center is able to keep class tuition to a minimum, allowing students from all walks of life to experience first-rate activities and programs in their community.

For more information about Kroc WinterFest or The Kroc Center, visit

The 160,000-square-foot Kroc Center sits on a 33 acre campus and offers a wide array of activities and services for people of all ages, making it an unique destination for the entire family. Programs and ministries include opportunities for worship, educational classes, sports, arts, fitness and support programs. Recreational features include an indoor sports complex, an outdoor stadium, basketball and tennis courts, an aquatic center, a state-of-the art fitness center, basketball courts and more. Outdoor recreational facilities include a sports stadium, a golf training center, baseball diamonds, batting cages, tennis courts and running track.
BACKGROUND: In 1998, Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, donated $90 million to The Salvation Army to build a comprehensive community center in San Diego, California. Her goal was to create a center, supported in part by the community, where children and families would be exposed to different people, activities and arts that would otherwise be beyond their reach. Completed in 2001, the Kroc Center in San Diegl sits on 12 acres and offers an ice arena, gymnasium, three pools, rock climbing walls, a performing arts theatre, an internet-based library, computer lab, and a school of visual and performing arts. Upon her death in 2003, Joan Kroc passed on to The Salvation Army $1.8 billion, the largest gift ever made to a private charity for the specific purpose of constructing state-of-the-art facilities in underserved areas around the country, facilities that would offer a completely new approach to the concept of community centers. To date, 19 centers are open and operating. An additional 8 centers are currently scheduled to open in 2012 for a total of 27 centers.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is the largest social service organization in the world and the single largest direct provider of social services in Chicago and the state of Illinois. The Army operates 200 points of entry in neighborhoods across the greater Chicago area, providing disaster relief, shelter, meals, rehabilitation programs, child care and head start, senior services and more. On any given night, about 900 people are sleeping under a Salvation Army roof. In 2010, The Army celebrated 125 years of service in Chicago. The Salvation Army is there every day, 24-hours-a-day in Chicago and throughout the country providing disaster relief to people in crisis.

Salvation Army Feeling Impact of Continued Economic Uncertainty



Campaign Continues through January 31, 2012, with $2.6 Million Needed to Reach Goal

January 4, 2013 (Chicago) – The Salvation Army is experiencing a drop in gifts of stock and other major gifts, a decline it attributes in part to uncertainty and confusion caused by the recent fiscal cliff negotiations. Overall, the campaign is down 9% from this time last year, with $2.6 million left to raise by January 31 to reach the organization’s campaign goal of $12.5 million. While donations to the physical red kettles on the streets have kept pace with last year, donations in the form of major gifts of $1,000 or more, as well as gifts of stock to the campaign, are down by more than 26% so far this year.

So far, The Salvation Army has received $9.9 million, which represents a decrease of nearly $1 million from this time last year. Chicagoans donated generously to the red kettles out on the streets again this year. While red kettle donations are still being counted, these gifts were keeping pace with last year as of January 3rd, totaling more than $2.45 million.

“Gifts of a thousand dollars or more make up more than 60 percent of what we raise each holiday season,” said Lt. Col. Ralph Bukiewicz, commander of the Metropolitan Division of The Salvation Army, “We believe many people may have postponed their year-end giving due to uncertainty about the fiscal cliff issues, and now they are in the process of sorting out the recently passed Taxpayer Relief Act. We are thankful that the Act did not lower the cap on charitable deductions, and that the IRA charitable rollover was extended for gifts made by February 1st. However, the higher tax rates may put a dent in donations. “

“Now that many of the major tax related questions have been answered, we hope the community will be inspired to give because of the tremendous need for the programs and services provided by The Salvation Army all year long – such as food, shelter, crisis assistance, child care, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and job training. Increased payroll tax deductions will only increase the need for assistance for the working poor. Ultimately, if we fail to meet our goal, it could force us to scale back on some vital services to the people who need our help now more than ever.”

The red kettles may have disappeared from the streets on Dec. 24, but the overall Red Kettle Campaign continues through January 31, 2013, accepting donations via online, text and traditional mail. Those wishing to donate can go to The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division web site at or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. They can also give a $25 donation by texting the word “shield” to 41444.

The Salvation Army receives nearly 70 percent of its annual donations during the Red Kettle Campaign, and these funds are used throughout the entire year by the Metropolitan Division to provide emergency and social services.

As families across the region continue to struggle with sustained unemployment, the need for reaching the goal is critical. As more people are turning to The Salvation Army for assistance, the organization needs to raise $400,000 more than last year. For example, The Salvation Army received 2,400 more first-time requests for assistance in October 2012 compared to the same month last year. Meals served by the Mobile Feeding Unit for people who are homeless and hungry are up more than 3,400 per month.

The Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Division serves more than 137,000 people during the holiday season, and delivers more than 30,000 food baskets, 153,000 toys and more than 56,000 articles of clothing. Feeding the needy continues to be one of the primary uses for Red Kettle donations. Food requests are up across the Chicago region with some areas experiencing a 200 to 400 percent increase in requests.

The Salvation Army is the largest direct provider of social services to people in need in Greater Chicago. The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division serves people in need in Greater Chicago, northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. Among the assistance provided are youth programs; early childhood development services; feeding programs for homeless adults, children and seniors; emergency lodging for families and individuals in crisis; disaster relief; senior housing; spiritual counseling and substance abuse rehabilitation programs. For more information about The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division or to donate or volunteer, please visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-825-2769).