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Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club To Host National Night Out Cookout

In the evening of Tuesday, August 5 The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will host a cookout with music from Lonnie B of Power 92.1 and activities as part of National Night Out, an effort to promote engaged communities and resistance to violence.

Beginning at 5:30PM The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in the east end of Church Hill will welcome all community members to the Club, 3701 R Street, to enjoy food and entertainment with neighbors and friends as they strengthen the community through engaged relationships.

“National Night Out is an event that is designed to bring the community, neighbors, alumni, and parents together to build healthy relationships,” said Dot Crenshaw, Program Director at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. “We also use it as an opportunity to remember our fallen community members.”

In the last decade almost a dozen Club alumni have been victims of violent crimes in the area.

“The lessons our members learn at the Club encourage them along the path of nonviolent conflict resolution and avoiding situations susceptible to violence,” said Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Hugh Jones. “National Night Out is a great way to spotlight and engage the community in the work we do to promote nonviolence and positive decision making year-round.”

Guests at the National Night Out event will also have the opportunity to walk-thru the Club and see all that is has to offer for children and adults in the surrounding community. 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. Additional information to mark this anniversary will be forthcoming.

About National Night Out
National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Club Alum Returns to Host Weekly Education Program

On Friday, June 27 The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club hosted their STEAMtrix Summer Kick off. Merci Best, who is a Club alumna now attending the College of William and Mary, is facilitating this special summer education program. Where we would normally we hear of STEM education programs (a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Merci adds the A for Arts in a weekly program that Summer Day Camp members will participate in. The program is designed to keep Club students sharp educationally during the summer and exploring the possibilities for their future which starts today.

The Honorable Don Coleman, School Board Chair for Richmond Public Schools and alum of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, was in attendance for the kick-off of the program.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Members Visit US Capitol

Members of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club enjoyed a trip to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, June 25 for a tour of the Capitol Building. The Boys & Girls Club partnered with Heroes and Dreams Group and a total of 31 Club members and Heroes and Dreams youth converged on D.C. to learn about the history of the Capitol and our Nation. The trip was part of civics and government programming at the Club and will include post-visit sessions at the Club to learn continue learning from the experience. Students participating in the civics and government programming at the Club also had the chance recently to visit Senator Mark Warner’s office (photos not taken).

Farewell to Captains Brown & EVB Volunteers Clean Up Garden

In the past week, The Salvation Army wished farewell to Captains Ryan and Shawana Brown as Corps Officers of The Salvation Army Richmond Citadel Corps and been on the receiving end of generous volunteers from EVB cleaning up the garden in front of the Shelter and Family Services building on West Grace Street. Please scroll down to see photos from these events.

Browns Farewell

Each spring The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters in Atlanta issues appointments for The Salvation Army Officers stationed in the 15 southern states. The appointments are effective beginning the third Wednesday of June and from the time the announcement comes out in late April, Officers are considered to be ‘under farewell orders’. While ‘under farewell orders’, Officers and their families prepare for the move to the new city/town/state (and sometimes country) where their ministry will continue. An appointment lasts, on average, three years but ranges from as few as two years to as many as seven years. Captains Ryan and Shawana Brown, pastors of the Richmond Citadel Corps, came to the Corps in June 2010 and after three years of leading the congregation at the Corps, have been appointed to the Virginia Peninsula Command in Hampton, VA. On Sunday, June 15, the Browns led their final worship service at the Corps and said farewell their congregation. Lieutenants Tim and Grace Jo will take over as Corps Officers on Wednesday, June 18.

EVB Volunteers

A group of volunteers from EVB came to The Salvation Army Area Command on West Grace Street in Richmond to spruce of the garden in front of the building and clean up the children’s play room that is used for children who are staying with their mothers in The Salvation Army’s shelter and transitional housing program.

Think Pink Tea and Fashion Show Coming to Boys & Girls Club

On Saturday, June 14, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will host their annual Think Pink Tea and Fashion Show from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The event is an opportunity for the young ladies at the Club to dress up in some of their best clothes and strut their stuff down the runway in front of their family and friends. The emcee for this year’s event will one the of newest members to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Advisory Council, Kelli Lemon.

The event is open to the public and is free to attend. A donation of $5 at the door is encouraged and appreciated.

Supporting Veterans on D-Day Anniversary By Purchasing Donuts

Friday, June 6 is the 70th anniversary of D-Day when allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy during the epic and defining battle of World War II and June 6 is also National Donut Day and we’ll tell you how donuts, d-day and The Salvation Army are all connected in this week’s Salvation Army News Update.

In both World Wars I and II, The Salvation Army sent officers and support to provide ministry to the troops on the front lines of battle. That ministry included counseling, attending to spiritual and medical needs and what they were so often remembered for, serving donuts. One soldier said:

I don’t know what we boys would do if not for The Salvation Army. Those women certainly have courage to come right out there in the trenches, and they’re so good and kind. They not only give us donuts but they bring us salvation.

And this Friday, June 6, which is both the anniversary of D-Day and National Donut Day, your purchase of donuts at a Martin’s store will support The Salvation Army’s work with homeless and struggling veterans in our community. A portion of your donut purchase at Martin’s will help to support work with men like Joseph.

Donations online at DonutsOfHope.org also supports work with veterans like David and Dennis who both served in Vietnam but support of Donuts Of Hope also provides resources to empower youth in Church Hill, keep families stay in their homes and serve meals to hungry folks in our community every day.

Donuts of Hope is a wonderful opportunity to learn about The Salvation Army’s tradition of service on the front lines, whether those front lines be overseas on in our backyard.

Youth Participate in Abstinence and Etiquette Banquet & Performing Arts Hosts Year End Concert

Youth from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club participated in the For You I Will Banquet and youth from The Salvation Army School of Performing Arts put on a concert at the Richmond Citadel Corps.

In the last couple weeks, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club hosted the For You I Will Banquet for teens and pre-teens at the Club. The For You I Will program is a health & life skills program at the club that encourages abstinence and healthy relationships. The event was held at L’s Restaurant in the East End and featured speakers on etiquette and abstinence and about 35 youth from the club participated in the event.

Coming up, the club will host the Think Pink Tea and Fashion Show on Saturday, June 14 from 11am to 2pm with one of the newest Club Council members, Kelli Lemon, who you may recognize from the RVA happy video as the emcee of the event.

The event open to the public and a five dollar donation is appreciated. Well last Tuesday, The Salvation Army School of Performing Arts hosted their annual Year End Concert at The Richmond Citadel Corps. In the year Sara Elliott has been director of the program she’s formed partnerships and been back and forth between Richmond Citadel Corps and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club offering lessons and enriching lives through music education.

There were more than 50 people in attendance to experience the wonderful performances of what kids from the Corps and Club had learned over the past year. We’re always looking for volunteers with a passion for music so if you feel like you’d like to make an impact through music, please get in touch with Sara at sara_elliott@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club to Host 2nd Hoops for Health

Basketball & Community Festival Promotes Healthy Lifestyles in Richmond’s East End

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will host the 2nd Annual Hoops for Health and Healthy Living Festival on Saturday, April 26 at 3701 R Street in Richmond’s East End.

Hoops for Health

Hoops for Health


The event encourages all Richmond residents to live a healthy lifestyle through diet, recreation and education is inspired by an early 2013 report that noted residents in the East End, where The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is located, face health challenges and a life expectancy nearly 20 years less than residents in the West End. In an effort to raise awareness of the issue and further promote healthy lifestyles among its members, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club developed the Hoops for Health and Healthy Living Festival as an all-day event open to all community members free of charge to engage and educate them on healthy lifestyles.

Nearly 30 teams comprised of sixth-to-eighth grade boys and girls will participate in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and more than 20 community organizations will participate in the Healthy Living Festival to provide “accidental education” (fun, engaging activities & take-aways) on healthy lifestyles. Former NBA player Wali Jones, who played with Wilt Chamberlain on the 1967 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers, also will host an intermission program on healthy choices for the second straight year.

“I thought it was a great way to use basketball to convey the message that your health is important and to bring the East End community and beyond together,” Armstrong High School basketball coach Darryl Watts said after the 2013 event.

The Hoops for Health and Healthy Living Festival is presented by Bon Secours Health System, whose support ensures The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will be able to continue to educate Club and community members on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.

Jones played in the NBA for 12 season and has since turned motivational speaker and community outreach ambassador for the Miami Heat

“I love the concept that is presented at Hoops for Health,” Jones said. “It is so important for our young people and their parents to realize what is at stake when it comes to investing in their own health. I am excited about coming again to share and build on what we’ve started, which is to communicate that this is not just an event but a lifestyle that we are talking about.”

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club Members Take College Road Trip

While some local students were off on sandy beaches during spring break, 32 kids from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club went on a tour of colleges in the DC and Baltimore area.

Salvation Army Takes Volunteers out to the Ballgame

The Hoops for Health and Healthy Living Festival at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is quickly approaching and we’ve got an interview with the event chair about this year’s event plus, The Salvation Army recently took some 200 volunteers out to a ballgame with the Richmond Squirrels.