Since its founding nearly 150 years ago, The Salvation Army has lived out its mission: To meet human needs in His name, without discrimination. People who come to the Army for assistance will be served according to their need and our capacity to help -regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Any instance of discrimination is in direct opposition to our core beliefs and is against all of our policies. The Salvation Army embraces employees of many different faiths and orientations and abides by all applicable anti-discrimination laws in its hiring.
The Salvation Army is apolitical and concentrates its resources on providing relief and compassionate care to those in crisis. Any advocacy is done in regard to the services we provide and educating legislators on how government actions will impact those we serve.
In the Media
Deceptive social media posts, forwarded emails, blogs, and rumors have been leading people to believe that The Salvation Army does not serve members of the LGBT community.
These accusations are patently false. Discrimination is antithetical to The Salvation Army’s existence. We serve regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
The Salvation Army does not discriminate in its employment practices, either. Although The Salvation Army is an evangelical Christian church whose officers are ordained ministers, one does not otherwise have to be a practicing Christian to work for us. We embrace employees of many different faiths and orientations.
False accusations of discrimination are an ugly byproduct of The Salvation Army being one of the largest charities in the world. Every so often, one of our thousands of employees or millions of volunteers will say or do something that runs counter to our beliefs. When these unfortunate events occur, untruths about The Salvation Army can follow.
Learn more at our national website, which includes video testimonies from members of the LGBT community.
No matter how hard we try there will still be people who continue to believe that The Salvation Army discriminates.
If you are one of these people, please do the one thing we tell all of our detractors: visit any Salvation Army location, anywhere, and see for yourself. Talk to the staff there. Pick up a volunteer shift. In doing so, you will quickly realize that the rumors are just that – rumors. You will discover people of every race, gender, ethnicity, and orientation, receiving critical services from an equally diverse group of loving staff and volunteers.