Salvation Army Christmas Kickoff at Short Pump Town Center

On Friday, November 14 The Salvation Army Central Virginia Area Command celebrated it’s partners who assist with the Christmas Assistance program and kicked off the Christmas season.

Salvation Army Christmas Kick-Off

The Salvation Army of Central Virginia will hold a kick-off ceremony Friday morning (Nov. 14) at 10:00AM at Short Pump Town Center (11800 W. Broad St, Richmond). Open to the public, the event is expected to draw officers, donors, and friends from The Salvation Army and the Christmas partners to be recognized.

This year’s theme will spotlight how donations given to The Salvation Army are giving hope to local families and restoring lives for women and men who previously saw no light at the end of the tunnel.

“Christmas gifts of time, talent and treasure allow The Salvation Army to feed the hungry, prevent homelessness, and enrich the lives of children,” said Major Timothy Carter of The Salvation Army. “With great community generosity at Christmas, we are able to provide solutions and transform lives year-round.”

Throughout Central Virginia, The Salvation Army assists individuals and families still struggling to make ends meet. Many who walk through our doors are in need a help to avoid eviction or utility termination, while others are in need of groceries or clothing.

Partnerships that will be recognized for supporting The Salvation Army in providing Christmas Assistance to Central Virginia families in need include the Angel Tree program with NBC12, Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Richmond Christmas Mother Fund, Coats for Kids with Puritan Cleaners, Fox Holiday Socks with Fox Richmond, ESPN 950’s Holiday Cheer and Gear and Martin’s. Support from Page Auto Group assists The Salvation Army with transportation needs during the Christmas season, providing vehicles to transport bell ringers and pick-up gifts. Other individuals, companies and retailers who support The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign will be recognized at the event as well.

A kick-off celebrating partnerships, donors and volunteers to The Salvation Army’s Tri-Cities Service Center in Petersburg, VA will be held on Saturday, November 15 at 10:00AM at Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights. The event is expected to draw the mayors of the Tri-Cities, respectively, and Virginia Senator-Elect Rosalyn R. Dance.

Individuals and organizations who volunteer to ring a bell for The Salvation Army during the Christmas season are also appreciated and needed, to sign-up to volunteer at a kettle location, visit Kettles.SalvationArmyCentralVA.org. For supporters wishing to ring the bell at home or work, The Salvation Army offers a virtual kettle through an online portal. At OnlineRedKettle.org/CVACThanksYou users can start and manage their own virtual Red Kettle to support The Salvation Army. This Online Red Kettle allows supporters to still give if they cannot locate a kettle in the community and get more involved.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary

On Tuesday, September 30, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in the East End of Richmond, VA celebrated their 60th Anniversary as a chartered club with Boys & Girls Club’s of America.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

On Tuesday, September 30 The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will celebrate the Club’s 60th Anniversary of investing in futures beginning with an open house at 4:00 PM and program beginning at 5:00 PM.

For 60 years, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club has been investing in the futures of Richmond’s youth and developing them into caring, intelligent, compassionate adults rooted in family and community. At Tuesday’s event, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will also announce it’s commitment to improving the Club’s aquatic center for the benefit of Club members and the East End community.

“We’re looking so forward to gathering with friends and supporters on Tuesday to thank them for their support over the past 60 years,” said Hugh Jones, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. “The past 60 years have set a great foundation for us to work with youth, and the community, through the years ahead.”

Confirmed attendees for Tuesday’s event include Richmond’s Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Dana Bedden, Richmond School Board Chair and Club Alum, Don Coleman, and Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille of Richmond’s East End 7th District.

Love Kitchen Visits Salvation Army and Tri-Cities Service Center gets Cleaned Up

Little Caesars Love Kitchen

On Sunday, September 21, the Little Caesars Love Kitchen, a 52-foot a pizza kitchen on wheels which travels across the continental United States and Canada meeting the needs of the hungry, the homeless and disaster survivors, visited The Salvation Army to serve dinner during the Community Meals program. Plus, the West End Community Church (above) volunteered that evening to serve salad, dessert and serve the pizza.

Tri-Cities Clean Up

On Saturday, September 20, 40 soldiers from Fort Lee & Combined Arms Support Command volunteered at The Salvation Army Tri-Cities Service Center in Petersburg, VA helping spruce up the property and rearranging the office.

Opportunities for Youth

At The Salvation Army, we try to provide dynamic transformative programs to the families who come to us for assistance, whether that assistance might be a warm meal, help with their rent or mortgage, or a roof over their head when they have nowhere else to go. That transformation really comes though when we’re able to connect families from one program to another…and a true transformation can be seen in the story of Aleondra, a 15 year-old who came through our women’s shelter with her mom and brother and left inspired for the future thanks to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.

Helping Families Toward a Brighter Future

At The Salvation Army, we try to provide dynamic transformative programs to the families who come to us for assistance, whether that assistance might be a warm meal, a prayer, or paying a utility bill. That transformation really comes though when we’re able to connect families from one program to another…and a true transformation can be seen in the story of Tanika a single mother of two who came to The Salvation Army Family Services office seeking assistance with her light bill and left with ideas for a new career and a brighter future.

Empowering Shelter Residents

At The Salvation Army, we try to provide dynamic transformative programs to the families who come to us for assistance, whether that assistance might be a warm meal, help with their education, or a roof over their head when they have nowhere else to go. That transformation really comes though when we’re able to connect families from one program to another…and a true transformation can be seen in the story of Stephanie who came through our women’s shelter and left with a permanent housing and a job.

Their Life Will be Like a Watered Garden, And They will Never Languish Again

We have just a couple quick notes for you today, so stay right there and we’ll get to this week’s Salvation Army News Update.

First off, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is preparing to celebrate its 60th Anniversary of investing in futures and developing youth in the Richmond area. Please take a minute and visit Celebrating60.SalvationArmyCentralVA.org to check it out and RSVP for the event on Tuesday, September 30. There will be an open house beginning at 4pm and brief program stating at 5pm with the event ending at 6pm. We really hope you can make it.

Also, this past Saturday the Club welcomed folks from Renew Richmond, a non-profit committed to spreading the word and opportunities for living healthy in low income areas along with a couple dozen volunteers from Fort Lee to the Club at 3701 R Street to develop an urban community garden.

Finally, The Amazing Raise hosted by the Community Foundation is coming up on Wednesday, September 17 and 18th and here with a brief word about it is our volunteer Tim who you might remember from a news update about a month ago.

Again, we’ll be communicating via email and social media over those two days on ways to support The Salvation Army in the Amazing Raise and opportunities for gifts to mean even twice as much. With that said, we’ll take a break from the tradition news update next so we can share some great stories of compassion and hope during that time. We’ll see you back on September 24.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Begins Urban Garden with Help from Renew Richmond

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is working with Renew Richmond to develop and urban garden on the Club’s property of 3701 R Street in Church Hill that will grow fruit and vegetables for the community and provide programming for area residents.

The garden, at its peak, is intended to be cared for and nurtured by community members and serve as a gathering place for those in the area of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club to participate in and learn about healthy and sustainable living.

“This partnership is just another example of the exciting things going on at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club,” said Hugh Jones, the Club’s Executive Director. “John has been great to work with and is passionate about bring this program to our neighborhood and as an organization who invests in futures, we owe to our members and community to offer this.”

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of The Salvation Army’s relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and operation of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Church Hill. An event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Club will be held on Tuesday, September 30 beginning with an open house at 4:00PM and brief program at 5:00 PM. Visit Celebrating60.SalvationArmyCentralVA.org to learn more.