Racine Salvation Army Ends Partnership with The United Way

Aug 25, 2021

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Racine Salvation Army Ends Partnership with The United Way
Organization must raise thousands of dollars to make up for the loss

RACINE, WI., (August 10,2021) – The Salvation Army of Racine has decided to separate from the United Way in order to offset a cut of approximately $5000 in annual United Way funding this year.

“We are thankful to the United Way for its years of support in Racine and understand their change in direction is meant to move their agency forward,” said Major Steve Merritt, divisional commander for The Salvation Army Wisconsin Upper Michigan Division. “As a faith-based organization, The Salvation Army sincerely believes that God, through the generosity of the residents of Racine County, will provide the financial aid and in-kind resources required for us to fill the funding gap and help us effectively serve those in need.”

The Salvation Army maintains strong relationships with the United Way throughout the country. The dissolution of the relationship with The United Way and The Salvation Army of Racine is a local decision, based on local needs and developments. In the past year, the United Way has gone from providing an average funding of $12,400 annually to only $5,000 for 2021. This decrease in funding comes at a time when The Salvation Army’s services are in more demand than ever.

The Salvation Army of Racine served 62,484 people last fiscal year in the various programs. In comparison, in the first nine months of this fiscal year alone, they have already served more than 30,000 people. We are serving over 60 people a day for 5 days a week. The Salvation Army provides the community with social services that includes over 1,000 families with a food boxes, rent, mortgage, shelter, utility and medical assistance, as well as with a number of other programs to help people get back on their feet.

With this reduction and subsequent separation, The Salvation Army of Racine will need to raise thousands of dollars to maintain its social services throughout Racine County. To this end, they are asking residents to continue to assist the disadvantaged through these trying economic times. To donate to The Salvation Army of Racine, or for more information, please call 262-632-3147 or mail donations to The Salvation Army,1901 Washington Ave, Racine, WI 53403.

Founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army annually helps more than 30 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood

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