The Salvation Army's Statement Regarding COVID-19
March 13, 2020 (Waterloo/Cedar Falls) – The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA is working closely with local service agencies and community partners to ensure the needs of our Cedar Valley friends and neighbors are met in the coming days and weeks. We are positioned to respond and have coordinated preparations in place. We stand ready to serve those who may be impacted by a COVID-19 outbreak in our community.
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/prevention Including:
- Proper hand-washing 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
We recognize this may be a frightening and uncertain time for many. Part of our response plan always includes emotional and spiritual support. We are here for anyone needing encouragement or prayer. The Salvation Army remains strong in our faith and resolve to trust the Lord with the future. We find comfort and assurance in the words of Jesus to his disciples which seem applicable to us and our community, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
For more information about COVID-19 and how to prevent it, visit the CDC website.
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About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.