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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

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

Rock The Red Kettle Concert Sponsorship Opportunities

August 23, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Rock The Red Kettle Concert - Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Pam’s Story

Pam’s story as told by Sargent Rachel Martin of The Salvation Army’s Blount County Outpost – Mercy Chapel:

Mercy ChapelI want to share the recent success of one of our most frequently seen clients. I began seeing Pam in April of last year. I knew from our first encounter that she would likely not find work.  Pam is middle-aged, on disability and at the time I first met her, she was recovering from a prescription drug addiction. She was looking for something part-time to supplement her income because she was not able to pay all of her bills. She faithfully fulfilled all the requirements of our program. A couple of months ago after she landed a couple of interviews and was not offered the job she came to me distraught.  She admitted that during her period of addiction she had acquired a shoplifting conviction. She was beginning to deeply internalize the realization that no one wanted to hire her and give her a second chance because she was deemed too risky to hire – an unwanted person.

She told me that she thought God was punishing her for past and asked if I agreed. I could see that she had already accepted this answer and had found some sort of consolation in this. We discussed the law of the harvest and I explained God’s law of sewing and reaping but felt a strong urge to encourage her that God was also a God of intervention. We prayed that morning that God would intervene on her behalf and that he would move on someone to offer Pam a second chance at employment.  Admittedly, as I prayed the words, I was filled with sadness because I felt like I was giving her false hope.

Just one week later, Pam called me to inform me that she had been offered a job. It was the perfect amount of hours, at a good rate of pay and she was ecstatic.

God showed me some very important things through this experience…

He does indeed desire to intervene on the behalf of those who are disadvantaged and who have a trail of bad choices behind them and he is more than able to make what seems the impossible possible. Also, while it is important to guide our clients to do all that they can to turn their lives around, it is the belief that God is their true hope and that he is able to perform miracles on their behalf that should set The Salvation Army apart from many other good organizations. We have a high privilege and responsibility!

 

Kevin Long’s Story

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After battling addiction for most of his life, Kevin Long finally got clean through The Salvation Army’s Operation Bootstrap program. Now he’s given his life to serve others.

Kevin Long’s Story

The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme Kickoff 2nd Annual School Supply Drive

July 18, 2013 2 comments

The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme® Doughnuts are partnering to help provide local students with much needed school supplies during their 2013 “Stuff the Bus” campaign. The campaign will serve families in need by helping kids fromPrint across the Knoxville-area gear up for a successful academic year while also easing the high cost of school supplies for parents.

The “Stuff the Bus” campaign will kick off on Monday, July 22 and will run through Sunday, August 4 at The Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Farragut.  Supporters are asked to drop off new school supplies at that Krispy Kreme doughnut shop only. All types of school supplies are needed, including notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, scissors, crayons, markers, glue, rulers and hand sanitizer.

As a sweet reward, supporters will receive one FREE Original Glazed® doughnut for a single school supply item donation and one FREE Original Glazed® dozen for each donation of a backpack that contains school supplies. The supplies will be given to The Salvation Army and distributed to youth through their Emergency Assistance Program.

“We want to thank Krispy Kreme for once again helping us provide children in our community with the essential supplies needed for success in the classroom,” said Major Albert Villafuerte, Knoxville Area Commander. “We hope our supporters will assist their neighbors in need by donating and enjoying a free donut from our friends at Krispy Kreme.”

About Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed(R) doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Today, Krispy Kreme can be found at over 740 locations in 22 countries around the world and approximately 10,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Visit us at www.KrispyKreme.com.

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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