The Salvation Army’s mission is to serve others without discrimination. On this 61st anniversary of National Salvation Army Week, it challenges the community to do good and model selfless services to others.
“Every good work The Salvation Army does is because of community support,” said Lt. Colonel Robert Thomson, Salvation Army Divisional Commander of Minnesota and North Dakota.
This year’s National Salvation Army Week runs May 12–18. The commemoration is The Salvation Army’s way of thanking the volunteers and donors who’ve made the organization one of the world’s largest and most trusted charities.
“National Salvation Army Week is the perfect time for volunteers and donors to join our important mission,” Thomson said. “In addition, this time of year is typically when giving decreases but the need for Salvation Army services increases. Any extra help we can get right now will have a big impact.”
The most important thing Salvation Army locations need right now are ongoing volunteers. While any amount of time is appreciated, our programs thrive on those who we know we can count on for two hours per week or a half day per month.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954 to remind people to give freely of themselves, saying, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood.”