Music allows a child’s heart to sing.

Kids Deserve Kindness

The Salvation Army ensures kids are equipped with the tools they need to succeed—which include vital after school programs, a warm meal and love.

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Working families in the U.S. headed by racial/ethnic minorities were two times as likely to be poor or low-income (47 percent) compared with non-Hispanic whites.

The Salvation Army recognizes the drastic income gap, which is growing among working families and the effects it has on youth.

Our main charge is to ensure that all those who are in despair are met with understanding and love. At the core of all that we do, fighting for our youth is a primary driver to share God’s grace. One way that we do this is being a world leader in music education—working locally in every community to bring the power of music to millions of children. Music is more than a tune, it’s structure and healing. It’s empowerment.

In addition, The Salvation Army is renowned for the holistic care approach incorporated into everything we do. Providing a safe place to play and a warm bed to sleep is just the start. We also provide character-building programs, summer camp, sports activities, Kroc Community Centers, after school programs, back-to-school drives and mentorship. The youth of today will be equipped and empowered for life, tomorrow.

What empowerment looks like:

Homework assistance and counseling

At The Salvation Army we provide counseling and one-on-one teaching assistance to empower kids of every age. A critical piece of this is our ability to recognize what level of assistance is needed, which varies drastically depending on socioeconomic conditions.

Summer Camps

For many kids, summer camp is the first time they will see the world outside of their neighborhood. Each year, we enable thousands of children from low-income families to enjoy fresh air, exercise and new friendships through our annual summer camp programs. This camping experience is more than just a few days away from home. Here, children learn new skills and self-reliance. Trained counselors who understand their emotional needs and problems help them mature and grow. Camp Activities include learning to swim, scouting, arts and crafts, music development and sports.

Sports, clubs and extracurricular activities

Healthy minds and healthy hearts are also vital for kids at every age. We provide safe activities that many times are either free or at a low cost to meet the needs of every community.

Dance, art and music programs

The arts are constantly being cut from schools do to budget restraints and it being seeing as an elective. We disagree.

Music, dance, and art are crucial for youth development and enrichment. Our diverse programs offer instrument training, painting, drama and dance, poetry, and more.

Parental involvement coaching

Daily, we work to develop trusting relationships with parents so that we can encourage family support in the education process.

Character-Building Programs

Building character starts young and helps determine who a child will become in life. Our programs help develop a child’s unique personality and individual strengths, based on Biblical principles.

Girls can attend Moonbeams (preschool to Kindergarten), Sunbeams (first through fifth grades) and Girl Guards (sixth through 12 grades). Boys can attend Moonbeams (preschool to Kindergarten), Adventure Corps Explorers (first through fourth grades) and Rangers (fifth through eighth grades).

Kroc Community Centers

The Salvation Army Kroc Centers provide children and families with opportunities to discover and develop passions and talents within their own neighborhood. These state-of-the-art community facilities provide arts, education and athletics opportunities for children, adults and families in underserved communities. Find one near you.

After-School programs

We bring children into an environment where the learning continues long after the bell rings. The Salvation Army operates hundreds of after school programs to give kids a safe place to play, do homework and pursue extracurricular goals. During a time where they could otherwise be at risk, we open our doors to kids for growth in literacy, sports, arts and music skills.

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Hungry kids can’t focus on learning.

Kids who suffer from chronic hunger perform at much lower rates than their non-hungry peers. Regular nutritious meals are important for academic and social success.

When you give a $50 donation to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for meals and after-school programs that help them succeed in life.Donate now.

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Music gives at-risk youth a voice.

Low income and at-risk youth are often swept up in the social and economic struggles they are raised in. Music gives these kids an escape and a voice.

When you give a $50 donation to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for music programs that help support kids feel that there is more in life to aspire to and be heard.Donate now.

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Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

31% of young adults without a high school diploma currently live in poverty. When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help support kids’ educational needs and vital character building skills.

A donation to The Salvation Army helps provides music lessons in communities across the Midwest Donate now.

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