Entercom’s Vice President and General Manager, Stephanie Callihan with Dave Munoz and Blanca Deen


Thursday, July 23, 2015, The Salvation Army Austin had the pleasure of hosting a tour for our friends from Entercom, the parent company of several local radio stations including Majic 95.5.  The dedicated team at Entercom spreads the word about The Salvation Army events year round. Their support on air during the Angel Tree each year, helps the community know how to get involved in providing Christmas gifts for thousands of local children in need. Entercom also hosts The Salvation Army volunteers of the month.

Our tour began with lunch in the chapel of the Downtown Shelter and Social Service Center.  During our meal Lt. Colonel Dorris Gonzalez, Associate Area Commander, spoke about how important the Angel Tree event is to children and families in need in our community. We watched a compelling Angel Tree video showing testimonials and the process of the Angel Tree program. Social Services Director, Kathy Ridings spoke about the families in shelter. She described how we do our best to provide children in shelter with an environment of normalcy, acceptance and hope. Jan Gunter, our Communications Director, spoke about other ways The Salvation Army serves the community. She gave a short quiz with prizes to our Entercom guests on Salvation Army facts.

Kathy Riding giving tour of family dorms.

Social Services Director, Kathy Ridings giving our friends at Entercom a tour of family dorms.

Stephanie Callahan, Entercom’s Vice President and General Manager, spontaneously shared a beautiful story of how The Salvation Army had a significant impact on her grandfather when he immigrated to the United States from Ireland. The Salvation Army assisted him and his family when they first arrived and had very little. He passed down his stories of The Salvation Army and those memories hold dear to Stephanie’s heart and influenced her own desire to support those in greatest need.

The tour proceeded with a walk through our family dorm. Next was a tour of the Learning Center which was recently renovated by our friends at EZCORP. Kaeyla Boyd, Case Manager, explained that the learning center is used during the summer and school year where children can do their homework, create science fair projects, and use computers. The Salvation Army is currently holding a school supply drive for children in our shelter. During the day while the children are at school, the Learning Center is open to adults to give them the opportunity to use computers for job searches and resume building.

The tour continued to the Safe Sleep area then concluded back in the Chapel. Employees at Entercom expressed their gratitude for the tour and how they learned so much more about The Salvation Army.

We are thankful to have partnerships like Entercom!  Their support is truly Doing The Most Good in our community, and it is through support like theirs that we are able to continue to serve those in greatest need.

Entercom team with Amanda McCarty of The Salvation Army receiving a tour of the Learning Center

Entercom team with Amanda McCarty of The Salvation Army

Back-to-School Drive

Back-To-School Drive

Visit our current Back to School drive here.


Can you imagine not having the proper clothes or supplies to start school? That’s the case for more than 100 children living in our shelters in Austin every day. Unlike most kids, the children living in Salvation Army shelters many times do not have what they need. We work to raise the funds to get all the school supplies and uniforms kids need to start school off – a backpack, USB flash drives, binders, notebooks, pencils and sharpies.

Would you like to help them get off to a good start to school? It’s easy to help!

Beginning Monday July 13 through Friday August 14, The Salvation Army Austin is holding its Back-to-School Drive. Simply stop by a Salvation Army Family Store location or The Salvation Army office on Burnet Road (see below) and drop off school supplies or clothing. Donations of new school clothes for ALL school-age children ages 5-18 are welcome, and the greatest need is for elementary school children. These children need both uniforms and regular clothing. The following school supplies are needed:

Most Needed Items: USB Flash Drives 1” and 2” Binders Sharpies, Pencils Colored Folders Kleenex Clorox Wipes Hand Sanitizer Spiral Notebooks Composition Notebooks

Other Items Needed: 

Pens #2 Pencils Pink erasers Pencil Sharpeners Thick and thin tipped colored markers Highlighters Crayons Notebook Paper – Wide and College RuledMap Pencils Glue Sticks Safety Scissors Gallon and Quart Sized Ziploc Bags New Backpacks Basic CalculatorsBracketed 2 –pocket Folders (orange, blue, purple, red, yellow, green) Pencil bags

Monetary donations can be made on our website.

You can also shop our Wal-Mart registry. If you shop today July 15, you can take advantage of Wal-Mart’s huge sale that has been in the news.

We will deliver all clothing and supply donations to The Salvation Army emergency shelters for the children before they head back to school. The Salvation Army is committed to ensuring that our children living in emergency shelters are able to start school with the same excitement and readiness as all other children.

We would like to thank you for your support in helping our local children have a great start to the school year!

Drop-off Locations

  • Austin Area Command: 107 Burnet Rd., Ste. 231, 78758

The Salvation Army Family Store Locations

  • South Congress: 4216 S. Congress Avenue, 78745
  • North Austin: 8801 B Research Boulevard, 78758
  • Round Rock: 601 W. Louis Henna Boulevard, Round Rock, 78728
  • Northwest Austin: 13530 N Hwy 183, 78750
I Am Waters

I Am Waters

Elena Davis, President and Founder and Angela Henderson, Chief of Staff

Angela Henderson, Chief of Staff (left) and Elena Davis, President and Founder (right)



Texas summers are hot! Unfortunately not everyone is fortunate enough to have the basic necessity to survive the heat: water. Elena Davis, President and Founder of I Am Waters, saw a need of clean water for those that are experiencing homelessness and decided to do something about it. In 2009, Elena Davis started the I Am Waters Foundation.

The I Am Waters Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas dedicated to providing fresh, clean water to the homeless.”

Last week, The Salvation Army was blessed with a large donation of bottled water from the I Am Waters Foundation for those in our emergency shelters this summer. I Am Waters donated 22 pallets (38,016) bottles of water. They will donate water again to The Salvation Army Emergency Shelters in August.

These water bottles will help keep the children in our shelters hydrated while at summer camp and while playing at our shelters, and will also keep the women in our shelters hydrated on their way back and forth from school or work.

I Am Waters carry inspirational messages on each of their bottles knowing that the person drinking from the bottle may need a little inspiration.

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 “I am so impressed and inspired by the many great organizations that help the homeless with housing, job skills and food. I Am Waters compliments these groups with our straight-forward mission to provide clean water to the homeless on the streets… I Am Waters provides our inspirational water bottles to homeless organizations for free to distribute to their clients in ways they deem best.”

We are thankful to I Am Waters for providing not only hydration to those living in our emergency shelters, but also love, compassion and hope as well.

Purchasing a bottle of water from I Am Waters at your local Whole Foods, supports the I Am Waters Foundation.

(photos of bottles above from I Am Water website)


Water delivery to The Salvation Army

Water delivery to The Salvation Army