Are you a member of TSA Metro Division on Facebook Groups?

Well if you are a member, on August 7th, the Metropolitan Division will be closing its Facebook Group.  Don’t worry, you can continue to get news, volunteer opportunities, and upcoming event information by becoming a fan on the division’s official Facebook Page.While you’re there, show your support for The Salvation Army by sharing your stories and photos with other fans.Spread the word to your friends and ask them to become a fan too.Click the link below to Become a Fan on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Chicago-IL/The-Salvation-Army-Chicago-Metropolitan-Division/53715288452

Free Back to School Health Fair in West Pullman

bookbagThe Salvation Army is sponsoring a FREE Back-to-School Health Fair in West Pullman to help kids prepare for early start in August. At least two schools in the immediate area have switched to a year-round schedule. This free health fair will not only provide free back-to-school physicals, but also a variety of free health screenings for adults. Popular Billboard gospel chart recording artist Tony Tidwell Ministries will headline a rousing and inspirational day-long line-up of gospel performers, including Focus One, Jerry King and Eclectic Worship and The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Choir. More than 700 families attended this event last year. Even more are expected this year for a fun-filled day in the park with expanded entertainment and activities.Physicals and health screenings to be provided by the Cook County Health Department and the Christian Community Health Center.

  • Back-to-school physicals
  • Blood pressure, diabetes, HIV testing
  • Carnival games and free prizes
  • Backpack and school supply giveaway to over 350 kids
  • Free Food
  • Gospel Music Concert featuring Tony Tidwell and Righteous Living, Focus One, Jerry King andEclectic Worship and The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Choir

WHEN: Saturday, July 25, 2009Screenings available Noon to 5 p.m.Carnival games and entertainment Noon to 7 p.m.WHERE: Cooper Park117th and Ada St.Chicago

Rich Township food pantry seeing shortage of supplies

As the jobless rate increases to 10.3 percent in Illinois, demand is also up at the Rich Township Food Pantry.Supplies, however, are dwindling.”We still get donations but as fast as they get in, they’re out the same day,” said Vicki Sline, pantry director and Salvation Army representative.”We’re seeing a lot of new faces, but we’re also seeing faces that have been gone. One woman who came in last week hasn’t been here in 10 years.”Located at 22013 Governors Highway, the pantry is open from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Fresh produce can be picked up from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month.Any resident with an Illinois driver’s license or current bill showing their name and address can pick up food once a month during regular hours.Rich Township officials said the pantry served 2,416 people in June, including 764 families.The numbers are up from June 2008, when the pantry served 2,381 people, including 712 families.But supplies have not increased with the demand. Read moreStory contributed by the SouthTown StarClick here to donate to The Salvation Army’s Hunger Looks Like Me campaign

Kiwanis Club wins Adovacy Award

The Kiwanis Club of Evanston recently received the Community Advocacy Award from Family Focus-Our Place in Evanston, as well as the Leadership Award from Shore Community Services Inc., also in Evanston.In the first six months of 2009, the Evanston Kiwanis Club distributed $28,000 in grants to local entities.Youth and children have been a focus of the club, which is reflected in their grants for scholarships to students at Evanston Township High School, Salvation Army summer scholarships, the Special Olympics and several other programs.For a complete listing of Kiwanis grants, visit the Web site www.evanstonkiwanis.org.Story contributed by the Evanston Review

6th Annual"Hope Fore Kids"Golf Classic

A key population The Salvation Army serves is youth and children. Through our Child Care Division, the Army offers “Hope Fore Kids” by providing: child care centers, before-school and after-school programs, art, music and educational instruction, emergency shelter, day and overnight camping programs, and other recreational activities. Hope Fore Kids

Learn from the Pros, enjoy lunch, golfing, contests, silent auction and dinner reception to benefit youth programs.”Hope Fore Kids” Golf Classic Date: August 25Location: The Glen Club2901 W. Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60026 Map/Directions For more information regarding onsite activities and registration, please visit: http://www.salarmychicago.org/events/hopeForeKids.htm