The Salvation Army of Austin http://salvationarmyaustin.org The Salvation Army of Austin Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:05:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2016 Rock The Red Kettle ATX http://salvationarmyaustin.org/blog/2016-rock-the-red-kettle-atx/ http://salvationarmyaustin.org/blog/2016-rock-the-red-kettle-atx/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:50:42 +0000 http://salvationarmyaustin.org/?p=19019

The 2016 Rock The Red Kettle ATX Concert and Golf Tournament was a HUGE success and we are thrilled to share all of the fabulous photos from these events.

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How to Ring in a Miracle This Holiday Season http://salvationarmyaustin.org/blog/one-simple-way-bring-joy-holiday-season/ http://salvationarmyaustin.org/blog/one-simple-way-bring-joy-holiday-season/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:30:20 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/?p=13524

HEB Ring in a Miracle for The Salvation Army Austin

Please join HEB and KXAN in supporting The Salvation Army this year! When you go shopping for your Christmas dinner or New Year’s party – or just that quick trip to the store on your way home – please remember to donate $1, $3 or $5 at the HEB or Central Market register from now until January 4.

Donate to your community today. Your donations stay local to support women, children and men who need it most this holiday season – and 365 days a year. Thank you for ensuring that our neighbors in Central Texas have food and shelter when they need it most.

What is it?

H-E-B has made a corporate commitment to support Salvation Army services and programs through its annual Ring in a Miracle campaign. During the holiday season H-E-B and Central Market stores throughout Texas offer their customers the opportunity to support its locaSalvation Army through point of sale transactions at the checkout counter in $1, $3 and $5 increments. All donations will stay within the communities served by your local H-E-B and Central Market stores.

How can customers donate?

Customers can make a donation to The Salvation Army at the checkout counter in $1, $3 or $5 increments using tear pad coupons located on the checkout counter. The donation will be added to the customer’s grocery total.

How can I help?

Our communities need us more than ever. Please promote the Ring in a Miracle campaign to your advisory board members, volunteers and donors by word of mouth, post this fact sheet in your Corps or social services building. Generate interest on your website or through social media: Facebook or Twitter.

How much was raised last year?

$70,845 in Travis and Williamson counties.

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Cory Morrow & Friends “Rock the Red Kettle” for The Salvation Army http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/cory-morrow-friends-rock-red-kettle-salvation-army/ http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/cory-morrow-friends-rock-red-kettle-salvation-army/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:54:03 +0000 http://salvationarmyaustin.org/?p=18505 Cory Morrow

Cory Morrow & Friends “Rock the Red Kettle” for The Salvation Army by Rocking the Crowd to  Record-Setting $505,000 to start the Holiday Fundraising Season

Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament Hosted by Joe Ogilvie Added New Element to the Successful Weekend

The third annual Rock the Red Kettle ATX concert presented by KOKE FM and the First Rock the Red Kettle ATX Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament drew more than 800 concert-goers and 75 golfers to produce record-setting fundraising for The Salvation Army. The November 20-21 star-studded weekend, featuring Cory Morrow, Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Drew Womack, Walt & Tina Wilkins, Ben Crenshaw, Joe Ogilvie, Kevin Millar, JJ Henry and other notable athletes and musicians brought in more than $505,000 through sponsorships, silent and live auction items and “Paddles Up” donations.

Former PGA golfer Joe Ogilvie hosted the golf tournament at the Omni Barton Creek Crenshaw Cliffside course, and each of the fifteen teams included one celebrity from pro golf, Major League Baseball or the Texas country music scene. Proceeds go directly to The Salvation Army Austin Area Command, which serves Travis and Williamson counties, to help the growing number of local women and children experiencing homelessness who seek emergency shelter and supportive services.

“I cannot begin to express my gratitude and joy for what God has done through this event,” Morrow exclaimed. “With hearts wide open, the people of Austin came together this November and gave like I’ve never seen before! The Salvation Army stole my heart three years ago with what they are doing for local women and children who are experiencing homelessness. Today we stand here stronger than ever because of the miraculous and inspiring support from our community!”

According to Salvation Army Austin Area Command development director Jamille Ruebsahm, more than 70 percent of people in Salvation Army Austin shelters are women and children, and approximately 500 women and children are on a waiting list for emergency shelter on any given day.

Ruebsahm explains, “The Salvation Army has been working to share the reality that there is an invisible crisis of family homelessness in our community. We are grateful for the hundreds who took it upon themselves to make sure we do make a difference. My hope is that we have almost 900 new advocates who will fight for these local women and children.”

Cowboy Auctioneer, Heath Hale, conducted the live auction at the concert at LifeAustin Amphitheatre in West Austin. The innovative live auction packages, coupled with the silent auction brought in $159,000. The enthusiastic crowd created a magical feeling as a large percentage of the audience participated in donating more than $129,000 during the “Paddles Up” portion of the auction which was matched by a generous local donor, demonstrating how a community can come together to make a real difference.

For more information about the events, go to rocktheredkettleatx.org. Now that the event has passed, the site provides the opportunity for local musicians to sign up to perform at Salvation Army Red Kettles around the Austin area.  Cory Morrow and other local talent – from high school musicians to individual performance artists – will perform. Musicians are encouraged to sign up by clicking the “Musicians Wanted” tab of the website.

The Salvation Army Austin Area Command also accepts online donations at RocktheRedKettleATX.org or at SalvationArmyAustin.org.

About Cory Morrow
To other than the most avid followers of Texas Country and “Red Dirt” Music, Cory Morrow may be best known for his 2002 award-winning album Outside the Lines, which reached #28 on Billboard’s Country Album chart. The Houston native was ranked #7 among SoundScan’s Country debut artists at age 30, then took time off from a recording career to focus on a path to spirituality rather than one to fame. His newest album, The Good Fight, is his first album since 2010 and was produced with the help of Texas super-producer, Lloyd Maines. Morrow currently resides with his wife and four children in Austin, the city he has called home since 1993. His tour schedule and clips from The Good Fight, as well as other Morrow favorites, can be found at www.corymorrow.com.

About Joe Ogilvie
Joe Ogilvie is a retired American professional golfer who graduated from Duke University. He played on the PGA Tour from 1998 to 2014 and won the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee in 2007. He also won four tournaments on the Nationwide Tour. Ogilvie is an avid follower of the stock market and owns an investment advisory firm. Ogilvie resides in Austin with his family. He serves on The Salvation Army Austin Advisory Board.

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 127 years in the Austin area. Locally tens of thousands of people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Eighty-three cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin or Instagram.com/SalArmyAustin/

 

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Cory Morrow to “Rock the Red Kettle” for The Salvation Army with November 20 Concert Presented by KOKE FM http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/cory-morrow-rock-red-kettle-salvation-army/ http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/cory-morrow-rock-red-kettle-salvation-army/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:00:01 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/?p=18475 The fun continues the next day with the first Rock the Red Kettle ATX Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament

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Cory Morrow will be performing a special concert with several of his headlining friends in his continued fundraising efforts for The Salvation Army Austin Area Command, which serves Travis and Williamson counties. Presented by KOKE FM, the third annual Rock the Red Kettle ATX will be held Sunday, November 20 at the beautiful LifeAustin Amphitheatre in Austin, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. New this year is the Rock the Red Kettle ATX Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament to be held the next day, Monday November 21, hosted by former PGA tour professional, Joe Ogilvie. Joe and other celebrities from the PGA, professional sports and t he Texas country music scene will join each team for the tournament

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Both the concert and the golf tournament will benefit the growing number of local women and children experiencing homelessness who seek emergency shelter and support services from The Salvation Army, which ultimately helps them move beyond their immediate crises toward self-sufficiency.

According to Salvation Army Austin Area Commander, Major Andrew Kelly, more than 70 percent of people in Salvation Army shelters are women and children, and more than 500 women and children are on a waiting list for emergency shelter on any given day.

“No other organization shelters more women and children in the Austin area than The Salvation Army,” said Kelly. “We provide the immediate support these families need in the form of shelter and food, and then we help them move from their crisis toward self-sufficiency.”

Understanding that the organization provides this additional assistance is what inspired Morrow and Ogilvie to partner with The Salvation Army.

“Their mission mirrors what I believe,” said Morrow. “They meet immediate needs, but then go beyond that, sometimes interacting with families for more than a year to help with finances, job searches, child care and counseling. We’re the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ with a lot of talent. We should be doing what we can to help our neighbors in need. When you donate to The Salvation Army, it stays local, helping our neighbors.”

“When I retired from professional golf,” said Ogilvie, “The Salvation Army was the first organization I got involved with. I was impressed by how many people The Salvation Army reaches. They are helping a part of Austin’s population who needs it most – those people who are trying to get their lives back together. The golf tournament is a great way to spend five hours with friends, business associates and coworkers and help do good at the same time. To get involved with it in year one is a great opportunity.”

Sponsorships are still available and all concert and golf proceeds go directly to The Salvation Army, which directs 83 cents of every dollar donated to services for those in greatest need in Travis and Williamson counties. Individuals can also support the mission through concert ticket purchases, opportunities to interact with the performers and autographed items such as guitars. The concert will feature a silent and live auction. Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers will provide food on site, and Moonshine Sweet Tea will be the exclusive tea sponsor for both events.

For more information about the two day event, go to rocktheredkettleatx.org. The site will be updated throughout The Salvation Army’s 2016 holiday season with additional performances at red kettles in the community, featuring Morrow and other local talent – from high school musicians to individual performance artists.

The Salvation Army Austin Area Command also accepts online donations at SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org. 

About Cory Morrow
To other than the most avid followers of Texas Country and “Red Dirt” Music, Cory Morrow may be best known for his 2002 award-winning album Outside the Lines, which reached #28 on Billboard’s Country Album chart. The Houston native was ranked #7 among SoundScan’s Country debut artists at age 30, then took time off from a recording career to focus on a path to spirituality rather than one to fame. His newest album, The Good Fight, is his first album since 2010 and was produced with the help of Texas super-producer, Lloyd Maines. Morrow currently resides with his wife and four children in Austin, the city he has called home since 1993. His tour schedule and clips from The Good Fight, as well as other Morrow favorites, can be found at www.corymorrow.com.

About Joe Ogilvie
Joe Ogilvie is a retired American professional golfer who graduated from Duke University. He played on the PGA Tour from 1998 to 2014 and won the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee in 2007. He also won four tournaments on the Nationwide Tour. Ogilvie is an avid follower of the stock market and owns an investment advisory firm. Ogilvie resides in Austin with his family. He serves on The Salvation Army Austin Advisory Board.

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 126 years in the Austin area. Locally tens of thousands of people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Eighty-three cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin or Instagram.com/SalArmyAustin/

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Angel Tree Registration Closing Soon for Children in Need http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/angel-tree-registration-closing-soon-children-need/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:15:37 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/?p=18364 Last Chance for Families to Register for their Children to Be Included in Annual Angel Tree Gift-Giving Program

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AUSTIN, TX (October 18, 2016) – Registration is closing soon for The Salvation Army Angel Tree program, and families who may qualify are invited to call for an appointment by Thursday, October 20. The annual Angel Tree Program provides toys and clothing to children from birth to 12 years old in families experiencing financial hardship.

To register for the program, families living in Travis and Williamson counties may call one of the following numbers by Thursday at 4:00 p.m. to set up an appointment: 512-445-2003 or 512-822-0923. (NOTE: These numbers do not have voice mail, so it is necessary to keep calling until you get through). The Salvation Army is also taking walk-ins at the Christmas Cheer Warehouse at 6510 S. Congress Avenue, until Friday at 3:00 p.m. Calling in is highly recommended in order to avoid a longer line and to ensure qualification and proper documentation.

Last year more than 6,000 Angels were adopted in Travis and Williamson counties. This year, The Salvation Army hopes to provide gifts for 8,000 Angels – local children in need.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree program began in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1979.  This unique program provides the opportunity for individuals to purchase Christmas gifts for someone less fortunate in their community that they don’t even know.  The program provides new clothing, shoes, basic needs and ‘wish list’ items to thousands of children throughout the community and across the nation who otherwise might not receive anything for Christmas. Many economic factors contribute to an increase in the number of local families seeking help from the Army during the Christmas season.

For more information about adopting an Angel, sponsoring an Angel Tree at your location or other volunteer opportunities, please visit SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org. And as always, secure donations can be made online at www.salvationarmyaustin.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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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 127 years in the Austin area. Locally tens of thousands of people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to gifts for children in need at Christmas, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Eighty-three cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org), Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin or Instagram.com/SalArmyAustin.

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Salvation Army Austin Emergency Disaster Team Deploys to Florida http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/usa/texas/austin/salvation-army-austin-emergency-disaster-team-deploys-florida/ Fri, 07 Oct 2016 03:40:48 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/?p=18308 Hurricane Matthew 2016The Salvation Army Volunteer Team from Williamson County Departs October 7 to Provide Relief following Hurricane Matthew

UPDATE (October 7, 2016) – The Salvation Army Incident Management Team from Texas scheduled for deployment to Florida was asked to stand down this afternoon. This includes both leadership staff and local mobile kitchens. The team from Williamson County that departed this morning will return home and will wait for further word to learn if they will deploy later. The impact of Hurricane Matthew and related damage to the area of Florida assigned for Texas EDS response was not as serious as first anticipated

Salvation Army disaster units and staff in Texas will remain on standby for the coming days. While our local team has been recalled, Salvation Army disaster teams from across the Southern states continue to respond to significant storm impact in northern Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, and our team remains ready to serve. Go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org for the latest information or to make a donation. You can also donate by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving.

AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 6, 2016) – The Salvation Army Austin emergency disaster services unit departs Friday morning, October 7, with four volunteers, a mobile canteen and a mobile catering truck to provide food, hydration and support to first responders and survivors of Hurricane Matthew. This volunteer-led team is part of a massive mobilization of Salvation Army teams from around the country.

The Salvation Army has 75 mobile feeding units, capable of producing 1,500 meals per day, stationed in states threatened by Hurricane Matthew.  These include 32 units in Florida, 22 units in Georgia, and 20 canteens in the Carolinas.  Twenty-two additional feeding units have been deployed from Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia to the affected area.  Seven more canteens are on standby in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Two field kitchens, capable of producing 15,000 per day are stationed in Florida.  A third field kitchen from Texas is being deployed to a temporary staging area in Tallahassee.  Two additional field kitchens, located in Texas and Mississippi, are on-stand-by.

The Salvation Army has deployed two satellite communications units in support of disaster operations; one unit is deploying to Florida and the second is stationed in North Carolina.

Salvation Army liaisons are being dispatched to state emergency operations centers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and the FEMA Regional Response Coordination Center in Atlanta.  The Salvation Army is also staffing numerous county emergency operations centers in impacted states.

How People Can Help

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice.  Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

It’s easy to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief program:

  • Donate Online: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew
  • Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301  Please designate ‘Hurricane Matthew’ on all checks.
  • Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

IN-KIND DONATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC OR COMMUNITY GROUPS

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. This may (or may not) change once the storm has made landfall and a more complete assessment of survivor’s needs are known.

However, The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used clothing, used furniture, and other items to your local Salvation Army Family (or Thift) Store.


VOLUNTEERS
The Salvation Army recruits and deploys disaster workers through its local Salvation Army units. To register as a disaster worker: Register online at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. If you are a new volunteer, registering today, bear in mind that The Salvation Army typically uses trained disaster workers already associated with The Salvation Army FIRST.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army flood relief, follow latest updates on Twitter twitter.com/SalArmyAustin and Facebook at facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin.

 

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

 

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 126 years in the Austin area. Locally tens of thousands of people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

 

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Dinner, Music and Dancing Raised more than $25,000 for services to Williamson County families http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/dinner-music-dancing-raised-almost-25000-services-williamson-county-families/ Fri, 02 Sep 2016 19:43:32 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/?p=18134 Presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty, Dinner and Dance Benefited The Salvation Army

GEORGETOWN, TX (August 30, 2016) – Almost 300 people were in attendance at Williamson County Giving Back, Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Sun City Ballroom, a fundraising event benefiting The Salvation Army Williamson County Service Center. Presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty, the event was emceed by Williamson County resident and CBS AUSTIN Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler and included dinner, live music, and dancing.

With the help of the Williamson County community, The Salvation Army surpassed the initial fundraising goal of $20,000 and was able to raise more than $25,000 to support local families in need. Laura Spradlin, the Director of The Salvation Army Williamson County Service Center expressed her gratitude toward the community and stated, “The event is so important – not only because it raised critical funding for the Service Center – but also because it dramatically increased the community’s awareness about the presence of homelessness in Williamson County and the way The Salvation Army provides vital resources to help people get back on their feet again.”

On Sunday night, dancers from the newly opened Arthur Murray dance studio in Georgetown opened the dancing with a Fox Trot a Lindy Hop followed by a “Twist Off” competition where about 100 members of the crowd competed for a chance to win prize baskets. Prominent Georgetown citizen, Ron Swain won the dance competition. Windler entertained the crowd and shared stories of the impact of The Salvation Army in the community. Dinner was provided by Double Sky Catering . The night came to an end after an hour of jazz, swing, and big band music by Not Past 11. Williamson County Giving Back was featured on the CBS AUSTIN ten o’clock news.

The Service Center, located in Georgetown at 1930 S. Austin Avenue, offers financial assistance, food and clothing to Williamson County families. Since its opening two years ago, The Center’s mission is to prevent homelessness by helping families move from struggle to self-sufficiency. The Salvation Army also provides a summer camp for kids, nursing home ministry, and community outreach to a disadvantaged neighborhood.

To learn more about helping The Salvation Army Williamson County Service Center visit The Salvation Army’s website at SalvationArmyAustin.org, email AustinDevelopment@uss.salvationarmy.org, or call 512-634-5902.

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 127 years in the Austin area. Locally tens of thousands of people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Eighty-three cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org.

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The Williamson County Giving Back presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/the-williamson-county-giving-back-presented-by-berkshire-hathaway-homeservices/ Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:20:23 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/?p=17462 Dinner, Music and Dancing to raise $20,000 for services to Williamson County families

GEORGETOWN, TX (July 11, 2016) – The Salvation Army Williamson County Service Center will be the beneficiary of Williamson County Giving Back, Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Sun City Ballroom, with a goal of raising $20,000 to support local families in need. Presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty, the event will be emceed by KEYE TV Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler and will include dinner, music and dancing featuring jazz, swing and big band music by Not Past 11. Tickets are available to purchase through The Salvation Army.

Opened in 2014, the Service Center, located in Georgetown at 1930 S. Austin Avenue, provides financial assistance, food and clothing to Williamson County families who are living in the first stages of financial crisis. The Center’s goal is to prevent homelessness by helping families move from struggle to self-sufficiency. The Salvation Army also supports the community through a summer camp for kids, nursing home ministry, and community outreach to a disadvantaged neighborhood. The Service Center closely collaborates with other agencies and churches in Williamson County to ensure that needs are met appropriately and to avoid duplication of services.

“The Salvation Army makes a difference right here at home and has the greatest return on investment of any philanthropic organization I know,” said Jay Warren, managing partner for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty. “The money we are raising through this event stays here in Williamson County. It’s going to help people who are trying, people who are working, people who are doing the best they can and who don’t need a hand out but a hand up.”

In addition to the assistance provided at the Service Center, a dedicated group of volunteers operates The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services canteen (mobile kitchen) out of Williamson County, responding when disaster strikes. This team provided more than 2,000 hours of service in disasters around the region in the past year, providing food, drinks and emotional and spiritual support to first responders and survivors in disasters such as the historic Blanco River floods, the Halloween floods, the Hidden Pines fire, and local disasters including a plane crash.

“As a leader in Christian faith based human services, we are motivated by the love of God”, said Major Andy Kelly, Salvation Army Austin Metropolitan Area Commander. “Around the world, The Salvation Army is committed to serving the whole person, body, mind and spirit, with integrity and respect, using creative solutions to positively transform lives. Locally, we are equally committed to providing a wide array of social service assistance programs for residents in Williamson County who find themselves in need.”

The public is invited to purchase tickets to the event or get more information by visiting The Salvation Army’s website at www.SalvationArmyAustin.org, emailing AustinDevelopment@uss.salvationarmy.org, or calling 512-634-5902.

 

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 127 years in the Austin area. Locally thousands of people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to self-sufficiency. Eighty-three cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org, Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin or Instagram.com/SalArmyAustin.

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Deloitte IMPACT Day at The Salvation Army http://salvationarmyaustin.org/blog/2016-deloitte-impact-day-salvation-army-austin/ Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:36:47 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/?p=17206 The Salvation Army Austin Downtown Shelter and Social Service Center, along with the Christmas Cheer and Emergency Disaster Services Warehouse, benefited from the 17th Annual Deloitte IMPACT Day on Friday, June 10, 2016.

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Deloittle Employee Volunteers at The Salvation Army Christmas Cheer Warehouse.

Employees of the Austin Deloitte offices arrived Friday morning to complete community services projects, including painting walls at our shelter and re-assembling shelves at the Christmas Warehouse to get ready for our Christmas Angel Tree program.

IMPACT Day is an opportunity for many Deloitte member firms around the world to put their passion, determination, and skills to work – letting their employees leave behind their laptops, conferences calls, and emails  – to do these IMPACT Day projects and make a difference in their communities.

Deloitte Employee Volunteers at Downtown Shelter

Deloitte Employee Volunteers at Downtown Shelter

 

The projects are coordinated locally by Deloitte employees.  “We do like to give back to the community; we like to work with them in a way we can to help the community grow”, said Boris Block, Tax Manager with Deloitte Tax Services Austin.  “We reach out to all of our Deloitte employees in our local offices to ask them for ideas and then from there we get to choose based on interest or a previous relationships”.

 

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Due to the generosity of businesses like Deloitte, we are able to continue to provide the vital programs and services at our emergency shelters and service centers (Downtown Shelter and Social Service Center, the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, and the Williamson County Service Center), along with an Adult Rehabilitation Center, our emergency disaster services and Christmas assistance.

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2016 National Donut Day http://salvationarmyaustin.org/blog/2016-national-donut-day/ http://salvationarmyaustin.org/blog/2016-national-donut-day/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 20:43:55 +0000 http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/?p=16987 What do donuts, “Lassies” (no, not the famous dog),  social media contests and war have in common? They are all part of the 79th annual celebration of The Salvation Army National Donut Day on Friday, June 3rd.   To mark this occasion, Salvation Army Austin volunteers and staff will be giving away donuts to police and fire officers at locations in Austin and Williamson County and at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic. Entenmann’s Bakery is providing the donuts through a partnership with The Salvation Army.

Because many veterans have a happy memory of receiving donuts or other care from The Salvation Army on the front lines, and many of these stories have been passed on, we invite you to share a related Donut Day story to enter our Donut Day Mug contest.

As part of the 2016 National Donut Day festivities, we will be giving away three commemorative Donut Day mugs with the original Salvation Army WWI doughnut recipe on the side.  To win your mug, join us during our celebration this year by telling your Donut Day story or a family member’s story on social media, and you will be entered into a drawing for a Donut Day mug.  To be eligible, include #nationaldonutday and tag SalvationArmyAustin on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Plus, be sure to make your post public so we can enter you in our drawing.  Deadline to enter is Sunday June 12, 2016.  Three randomly drawn winners will be selected on Tuesday, June 16, 2016 and will be announced on our social media sites.

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And for even more fun, Entenmann’s Bakery gives you a chance to  “Win Free Donuts for a Year”  with a sweepstakes on their Facebook page.  They will be awarding 10 grand prizes of one year of free Entenmann’s donuts and awarding 100 lucky fans with Party Pack prizes.  Visit Entenmann’s on their Facebook page to enter.  Be sure to share their page and encourage friends and family to enter as Entenmann’s Bakery will donate $1 to The Salvation Army for each “Win Free Donuts for a Year” sweepstakes entry received.

National Donut Day, held annually on the first Friday of June, was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 in Chicago to honor the “Donut Lassies”, who served these treats, along with providing writing supplies, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals to soldiers during World War I and to help raise needed funds during the great depression.

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When America entered the hostilities of World War I in April 1917, Evangeline Booth, who was The Salvation Army USA National Commander, placed the entire Salvation Army in the USA on war-service basis.  Hostels and service centers were established adjacent to military camps and were dispatched wherever the American troops were stationed.  These women earned the nicknames “Doughnut Lassies” or “Doughnut Girls” as they served countless treats to grateful soldiers, moving through the trenches to bring the men donuts and coffee.

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With limited resources at the start, the donuts were fried, only seven at a time and in soldiers’ helmets.  Although the young women worked late into the night, they only served 150 donuts the first day.  The next day, that number was doubled, and when fully equipped for the job, they fried from 2,500 to 9,000 donuts daily at each tent set up along the front line.  Because at the start they didn’t have a donut cutter, they twisted strips of dough to fry, but the demand for donuts with a hole increased by the soldiers and an elderly French blacksmith improvised a donut cutter by fastening the top of a condensed milk can with a camphor-ice tube to a wooden block.  Later, all sorts of other inventions were employed, such as the lid from a baking powder can or a lamp chimney to cut the donuts, with the top of a coffee percolator to make the hole.

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The donuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American Expeditionary Force soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, “Doughboys”.  More than just filling an empty stomach, these donuts and the joyful presence of the women who worked so hard to make them provided the soldiers with the boost their spirits needed during an extraordinarily difficult time.  This significantly established the donut as a long-standing symbol of the services The Salvation Army provides.

Today, The Salvation Army Austin continues to provide meals, including donuts, as well as numerous other programs and services including our current Camp campaign,  emergency shelters and service centers (Downtown Shelter and Social Service Center, the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, and the Williamson County Service Center), along with an Adult Rehabilitation Center, emergency disaster services and Christmas assistance.

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and enter our Donut Day contests today.

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