Capital Area COVID-19 Response - Donations Needed

Mar 12, 2020

*Updated April 6, 2020.

While remaining operational and engaged in service, The Salvation Army Capital Area has experienced an uptick in the number of people in need of services and hygiene supplies. To keep up with demand for a vulnerable population, the organization is seeking donations:

  • Washcloths
  • Face Masks (hand-sewn is fine)
  • Bath Towels
  • Twin Sheets
  • Microwaveable  Meals & Snacks
  • Deodorant
  • Travel-Sized Hygiene Supplies
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer

Donations can be brought to 3030 Darbo Drive on weekdays between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. Click here to donate specifically to Dane County response efforts.

The Salvation Army Capital Area is working closely with state agencies to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Across the country, trained Salvation Army Emergency Response staff are on standby to assist if requested. 

Ensuring the safety of those who depend on The Salvation Army’s programs and services, along with the safety of staff and volunteers, is of utmost priority. We are closely tracking progress through the Center for Disease Control reporting and distributing prevention guidance to all staff, employees, volunteers, and program participants on proper hygiene and prevention:

  • Proper handwashing technique and recommendations on when to wash hands 
  • Proper sneeze/cough technique (in elbow) 
  • Encouraging those with possible symptoms or exposure to stay home and reduce the risk of possible transmission

In addition to emergency response operations, we are concerned for other potential impacts such as:

  • Significant economic repercussions that may present shortages on key commodities, which would impact service delivery
  • An increase in the demand for social services that may occur as businesses temporarily close and air or other forms of travel are reduced

The Salvation Army Capital Area is currently preparing for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, closely following guidelines issued from government officials, and working with its facilities to minimize public interaction regarding shelter and emergency assistance. Additionally, case managers will continue to assist clients, but limiting non-essential interaction via the phone or online.

The Salvation Army has increased its cleaning efforts at all its facilities, including our shelters and kitchens. Our staff is regularly cleaning and disinfecting in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The Salvation Army deeply cares for our all staff, employees, volunteers and program participants. We are distributing prevention guidance on proper hygiene and prevention.

The Salvation Army would like to remind everyone that the preventative measures put in place are to ensure everyone’s safety, health, and well-being.

The Salvation Army remains in constant communication with local officials and will work in close partnership to prepare and respond to meet upcoming needs.

The Salvation Army has been serving Dane County since 1890 and will continue to do so in His name without discrimination.

As the situation evolves, we will work in close partnership to prepare and respond in order to meet the needs of the 23 million individuals we serve each year, and the more than 63,000 employees of our organization nationwide.

For more information about COVID-19 and the local response, visit the Madison & Dane County Public Health website.

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