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2015 Amazing Raise

The Amazing Raise is our region’s 36-hour online giving challenge that inspires and empowers our community to support Central Virginia nonprofit organizations in an amazing way, regardless of where you call home. It gets even better – when you give during The Amazing Raise, you can help your favorite nonprofits win additional incentive prizes ranging from $500 to $15,000!

Over the last five years through the Amazing Raise, The Salvation Army has raised close to $10,000 through donors locally and across the country to support services and solutions to families and individuals working to overcome hardships here in Central Virginia.

Please visit this page on Wednesday, September 16 beginning at 6AM to make a gift to The Salvation Army during the Amazing Raise.
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Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and Councilwoman Newbille Share News of Club Renovation

On Tuesday, July 21, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club welcomed Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, of the 7th voter district, to meet with nearby residents of the Club and share the news of the renovation project to begin at the Club in the fall of 2015.

The proposed renovation will add 7,000 square feet onto to the facility, allowing for enhanced programming for members but also allow for extended hours and programming to serve all members of the community. All parts of the Club will receive upgrades, computers, fitness equipment, HVAC, kitchen to be renovated, aquatics center upgrade and locker rooms redone. post_plan7.21.15

The first phase of renovation will include upgrading the aquatics center. Replacing the pool and mechanicals to make operable year-round, expand locker rooms, renovate kitchen and upgrade HVAC.

The renovation to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club is expected to bring programming and possibilities for youth members but also for their families and our community.

Construction on phase one of the three phase project will begin in the fall and conclude in time for the aquatics center to be open for summer camp in 2016.

A Veteran’s Unconditional Love

We look forward to recognizing those who have served, sacrificed and demonstrated the pinnacle of patriotism.

As we understand the depth of those experiences, let us aspire to the values our service men and women learn and share with their families and communities upon return: loyalty, duty, respect, honor and unconditional love.

Rodney is a loyal marine. He was not spared life’s struggles, but, he now practices the traits of unconditional love with the homeless and others who may be faced with challenges.

The power of unconditional love was exemplified as The Salvation Army Lassies and Volunteers worked 18 to 20 hour shifts to operate 1,000 canteens on 26 battlefronts during World War I. That compassion etched a place in the hearts of thousands of ordinary soldiers who gratefully received help and comfort in their darkest hour.

Jesus led with unconditional love and taught us it will have the final word.

This Memorial Day please allow us to thank you for rekindling the spirits of our veterans with your involvement and showing them their worth to the One who matters.

Dr Wyatt Tee Walker Emphasizes Education to Richmond Youth

A Legacy of Adversity to Progress

Many of us have been through circumstances were we have called out to God for help…and Charles is no different but God’s healing and protection for him was something different…and we’ll share that in this week’s Salvation Army News Update.

Second Corinthians chapter four verses eight and nine say, ‘We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;’ and Charles experienced many of those but through faith in God and personal ambition he’s proving he’s not been crushed.

It was that ambition and self-motivation that led Charles to enroll in The Salvation Army’s A Step Up Program which included a certification class as a Personal Care Aide through a partnership with the Professional Career Institute.

A gift to the Online Red Kettle is one way to feel God’s presence and bring His blessing to Charles and other men, women and children who may face challenge but long to fulfill their potential. The Online Red Kettle closes January 31st. Thank you for allowing us to the share this story with you.

One parting note, on Monday, February 23, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will host Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker for a special speaking engagement to area youth on finding their legacy. Dr. Walker was the former Chief of Staff to Dr. Martin Luther King and is a graduate of Virginia Union University.

Boys & Girls Club Leadership Academy visits VCU Athletics

As part of the programming at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, the Club offers the opportunity to participate in the Leadership Academy, which teaches leadership & skills development opportunities focusing on filling leadership roles and post-secondary educational planning for teen members. On Monday, December 29, Boys & Girls Club Teen Program Coordinator Tyree Walker along with Advisory Council members JC Poma and Greg Burton took members of the Leadership Academy to visit The Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University and talk with members of the Athletic Department and hear from Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin. The youth also had the privilege of staying for the men’s basketball game against Cleveland State.

Giving Tuesday

Kelli talks about how making a gift to The Salvation Army on Giving Tuesday can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need.

Salvation Army Tri-Cities Holds Christmas Kickoff

Local politicians including Senator-Elect Rosalyn Dance and Delegate M. Kirkland Cox gather at The Salvation Army Christmas Kickoff at Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights on Saturday. The event marked the beginning of the Red Kettle campaign and Christmas season in which The Salvation Army expects to serve close to 1,400 children from the Tri-Cities with Christmas gifts and raise nearly $100,000 to support year-round services.

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.