The Salvation Army Mission

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian
Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission
is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg is working to meet the needs of those in our community who are suffering by extending hope where there is none.

Last year alone The Salvation Army provided:

  • 54,000 hot meals
  • 13,000 nights of lodging
  • 1,300 emergency food boxes
  • 2,200 people with clothing
  • 3,177 people with financial assistance allowing them to stay in their homes
  • 3,600 gifts of necessities for the elderly
  • 2,435 gifts and clothing to children through the Angel Tree Program

along with numerous other services that included disaster assistance, classes in life skills, youth enrichment programs, camp opportunities for at-risk youth and spiritual development.

The Salvation Army is one of the world’s largest and oldest providers of social services. Originally established in London in 1865, the Army has been helping people for more than 150 years internationally and for more than 130 years in the United States.

  • In 2015, The Salvation Army’s 3,600 officers, 65,000 employees and 3.2 million volunteers served more than 25 million Americans in need. That’s almost one person, every second, every day.
  • The Salvation Army’s faith-based mission calls it to meet human needs in His name without discrimination, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, physical disability, age, creed or religion.
  • The Army has 7,551 centers of operation covering nearly every ZIP code in the country.
  • We also have a worldwide presence, providing assistance to people in 127 countries  around the world.

The Salvation Army is a responsible steward of generosity in every community.

  • As a national average,82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends go directly to support community service programs – far exceeding the Better Business Bureau’s guideline of 65 percent.
  • According to The New York Times, “The Salvation Army is widely considered exemplary among nonprofits in handling cash collections.”