Papa John’s Donating 50% Of All Online Orders To The Salvation Army Between December 9-15

December 9, 2013 Leave a comment

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KNOXVILLE, TENN. – December 9, 2013 – Papa John’s has partnered with The Salvation Army of Knoxville to provide a boost to the organization’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. Papa John’s will donate 50% of all online orders made through nearly 20 Knoxville-area locations between December 9-15. Customers may designate that 50% of their online order be given to The Salvation Army by entering the special code: “SALARMY”.

“Papa John’s has a reputation for being an outstanding community partner across the country,” said Major Albert Villafuerte, Knoxville Area Commander. “They fully understand The Salvation Army’s mission in the community and we are extremely grateful for their support.”

Boasting more than 3,800 restaurants worldwide, Papa John’s has been a locally-owned mainstay in Knoxville for over 22 years.

“The Knoxville community has helped us grow and prosper through the years,” said Chris Coffey, Operational Vice President of Home Run, Inc. which owns and operates 11 of the area stores participating. “The promotion with the Salvation Army is simply a great way for us and our customers to give back to the community that has given us so much. This is a great time of year for us all to reflect on how fortunate we really are and find ways like this to help others.”

For more information on the promotion, please call The Salvation Army at (865) 525-9401. To order a pizza, visit www.papajohns.com and enter special code: “SALARMY”. 

About Papa John’s

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is the world’s third largest pizza delivery company. For 12 of the past 14 years, consumers have rated Papa John’s No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Papa John’s is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PapaJohns, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PapaJohns.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Rock the Red Kettle Kickoff Concert – Silent Auction Items

November 11, 2013 Leave a comment

RRK_logo - RL copyGet ready to rock while giving back this Christmas season! The Salvation Army is proud to present the Rock the Red Kettle Kickoff Concert on Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m. at the Square Room on Knoxville’s Market Square. The event will kick off the organization’s annual Red Kettle Campaign with live music by Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet, delectable desserts and an auction featuring unique items and experiences you won’t want to miss out on.  Tickets are $20 with 100% of the cost going into programs that serve the Knoxville community.

Auction items include:

  • Stress Buster Getaway includes: $1,000 Spa Gift Certificate at Choice of Select Spa Locations (over 4,200 locations to choose from), Hyatt Hotels & Resorts 3-Night Stay with Airfare for two.
  •  VIP NASCAR Experience includes: Tickets to Choice of a Select NASCAR Race, Pit Club Hospitality Passes, 2-3 Night Weekend Stay with Airfare for two. (Daytona 500 included)
  • Luxury Charleston Getaway includes: Private Historical Photo Tour of Charleston (SC), Dinner & Wine Pairings at Charleston Grill, Orient-Express Charleston Place 3-Night Stay with Airfare for two.
  •  Star Wars 16×20 movie poster signed by: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, George Lucas (Director) and John Williams (Composer)
 
  • Signed & framed Born in the USA record album from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Signed by: Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt, Clarence Clemons, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan, Gary Tallent and Danny Federici.
  •  1980 Miracle On Ice USA Olympic Hockey Team 16X20 Photo signed by entire team and head coach
  • An original Peanuts (Snoopy) sketch from Charles Shultz
  •  Behind-the-scenes tour of McGee-Tyson airport facilities for a group of 20.
  • Ole Smokey Distillery gift pack
  •  Knoxville Ice Bears gift pack
  • WBIR-TV Studio Tour & Live @ 5 @ 4 viewing
  •  Complimentary night at Wilderness at the Smokies‘ Stone Hill Lodge
  • Phillip Fulmer autographed football
  •  Cuonzo Martin autographed basketball
  • Martina McBride autographed CD, shirt and Picture
  •  Titanic Museum tickets
  • Smokies Baseball tickets
  •  And More…

Be A Shield…Volunteer

October 22, 2013 Leave a comment

It’s already Christmas time at The Salvation Army which means there are several special ways for you and your business, school or church to get involved this season. Here are some of our volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer
Bell Ringers
Begins Thursday, November 14 and goes through Tuesday, December 24
We are looking for groups and individuals to sponsor an entire day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. as well as filling two hour shifts at 60 different locations.

Volunteer Coordinator Assistant
Assist the volunteer coordinator with reminders and details for the shifts of the bell ringing volunteers. Possibly help with registration of new bell ringers and administrative tasks for the appreciation certificates.
Monday through Friday – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Beginning Monday, November 18 and goes until Thursday, December 19

Angel Tree Volunteer Opportunities

Office Help
Monday, October 21 through Tuesday, November 5
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Help label tags and bundle bags

(More opportunities will be available to help in our warehouse leading up to our distribution)

Angel Tree Distribution Day
Friday, December 20
Three different shifts between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Help distribute the gifts to the families and seniors.

To volunteer or for more information, please contact Maria Down at (865) 525-9401 or maria_down@uss.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army Opens New Job Readiness Laboratory

October 22, 2013 Leave a comment

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – October 22, 2013 – The Salvation Army is taking strides to ensure its residents have the tools necessary to once again be self-sufficient, contributing members of the community by opening a job readiness laboratory. The new lab features a newly renovated space with eight computers and a class room that will allow residents to do everything from complete online job applications and build resumes to further their education. The lab is open to residents today.

“The new job readiness lab is very important addition to our Job Assistance Program,” said Employment Coordinator, Angela Childers. “It’s an amazing asset to our residents that will have an immediate impact on their ability to find and maintain meaningful employment. The skills we plan on providing our residents will open a whole new spectrum of opportunities for them in the workforce.”

Since its inception in October of 2009, the Job Assistance program has been utilized by nearly 800 of The Salvation Army’s residents with about 50% gaining employment through the program. The addition of the job readiness lab, which was made possible in part by computer donations from the Tellico Village Computer Users Club, is believed to be a key element in improving that success rate. The computers in the lab will be used as a platform to grow the types of programs The Salvation Army offers their clients in order to make them more versatile and more attractive to more potential employers.

“Opening the lab is a step in the right direction, but it’s still a work in progress,” added Knoxville Area Commander, Major Albert Villafuerte. “We created the lab with the intention of adding GED prep and basic computer skills courses for our clients when more funding is available.”

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Educating, Equipping and Empowering to Thrive

October 10, 2013 Leave a comment

After doing drugs and dealing drugs for most of his life, forty-two year old William came to The Salvation Army as part of the Community Alternatives to Prison Program in April of this year.  He was accepted into one of our programs called Operation Bootstrap.SA officer

Operation Bootstrap is a two phase program for single men facing homelessness.  Phase 1 is a sixty day program in which men must commit to being free of alcohol and drugs and must either be working or looking for work.  As an incentive, men are asked to contribute $10 a night for their room and board.  These charges are deferred for men who are unemployed when they enter the program.  In addition, men are expected to assist with chores in the shelter and kitchen areas.

After thirty days in Phase 1, men who have attained full-time employment may apply for admission into Phase 2.  This program comes with a more private living space, but also calls for more responsibility.  In addition to maintaining full-time employment, clients must begin to prepare a budget, save money and develop a housing plan.  Phase 2 clients must commit to six months in the program, but may stay for up to two years.  Operation Bootstrap serves between 1000 and 1100 men each year.

More than 70% of homeless men report a loss of a job as the primary reason for their homelessness.  To assist with this root cause, The Salvation Army has established a Career Development Center.  Though it primarily serves clients of our Operation Bootstrap, the Career Development Center is vital to the success of each of our programs.  The center houses a computer lab where clients can search and apply for jobs online.  A case worker is available to assist them with preparing resumes and cover letters.  In addition, clients can use the lab to further their education or complete online job training.

In addition, the Career Development center assists our clients with other resources that they need to reenter the workforce.  Hygiene kits, clothing vouchers and passes for public transportation are just a few of the practical ways that the program helps.
William has found work and has diligently attended the drug and alcohol education classes as well as the individual counseling sessions that the program offers. He has learned firsthand about the ill effects of mood-altering chemicals. He has come to understand how his behavior has affected not just himself, but others also and he expresses a great deal of remorse for his actions.

William has found and maintained employment and graduated from the program this month.  He has moved into his own apartment and is eager to reconnect with his nineteen-year-old son.  William looks forward to taking the principles and skills that he has learned and passing them on to his son, in hopes that he will avoid many of the mistakes that he made.

It’s Socktober

October 7, 2013 Leave a comment

It IS time to do something awesome! Kid President has declared this month as “Socktober”.

Did you know that there are thousands of homeless men, women and children in the Knoxville area and many of them are ill-prepared for the impending cold weather.  Here’s your chance to do something awesome and be part of the 1 million people who are helping the homeless in their neighborhoods.

Your neighbors are in need of items like: socks and other cold weather clothing, hygiene items and non-perishable food. There are two ways you can help them. First, encourage your business, school, church or team to host a drive for one or all of the aforementioned items. If you collect it, we’ll even pick it up.  Or, you can clean out your closets and pantries and drop your items off at The Salvation Army. It’s that easy.

Let’s help our neighbors and give the world a reason to dance!

If you would like to host a drive, please contact Rob at (865) 525-9401 or at rob_link@uss.salvationarmy.org.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Training

August 23, 2013 Leave a comment

2013 Disaster Training - August

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