National Salvation Army Week Donut Deliveries

May 15, 2017

IT’S NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK!!!

In May of 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the United Stated Congress proclaimed the first National Salvation Army Week, as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves.

In honor of that spirit of giving, this year for National Salvation Army Week, we wanted to celebrate those in the community who give so much to The Salvation Army each year! We are grateful for their time, gifts and services to us and to this community.

With National Donut Day right around the corner (June 2nd), we thought a few dozen tasty treats would be a great way to say thanks! Don’t know about The Salvation Army’s history with Donut Day? Read here!

Additionally, we will have sales running at our thrift stores ALL WEEK! 50% off summer items, 40% off furniture- check out the sales HERE!

We had such a blast running all over NWA this morning with donuts from Bradley’s in Farmington. See the donut drops we made to all the great partners we have in this community below!

Getting the goodies ready! Thanks, Bradley’s Donuts in Farmington for the discounted price!

Fayetteville Police Department

Bentonville Police Department

Legacy National Bank- our Angel Tree partners!

Bentonville Fire Dept- thanks for answering our Bentonville Shelter calls

Bolt and Screw Supply

Springdale Fire Department

Rogers Fire Department

Benton Country Sheriff’s Office- they are some pretty good bell ringers!

Tyson Corporate Affairs Team- we are so grateful for all the food donations you all give throughout the year!

Springdale Police Department

Rogers Police Department

Music and Arts Programs Funded in NWA

May 10, 2017

PRESS RELEASE:

Walmart Foundation awards $37,000 to fund The Salvation Army’s arts and music programs in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest, AR (05/10/17)-  The Walmart Foundation has awarded The Salvation Army $37,000 to use towards their youth music and arts programs in Fayetteville, Springdale, and Rogers. Each of these cities provides intensive musical training and diverse opportunities for artistic engagement for students who may otherwise not have access to the arts.

The Salvation Army, as an organization, deeply values music as a means for growth, worship, and rehabilitation. In Northwest Arkansas, The Salvation Army offers training in music education and theory, piano, brass band, concert band, dance, drama, and coming this fall, guitar. Through weekly training and instruction, students, even those without musical experience, can take steps towards becoming proficient, even masters, in their area of musical study.

The Walmart Foundation’s investment in these services will help at-risk youth develop a fundamental love for music. It will also help convey the intangible benefits of music education, namely: discipline, goal setting, responsibility and hope for a better future. In addition, students will have a safe and protective environment for constructive artistic growth outside of school.

The grant will serve to provide new musical instruments and instructional supplies, thus, allowing existing programs to grow exponentially in their capacity to reach at-risk youth in Northwest Arkansas.

The grant will also provide 15 scholarships for local youth to attend The Salvation Army Conservatory camp in Oklahoma. This intensive 5-week long, resident training program, takes students with minimal or no musical training and teaches them performance and theory on a musical instrument of their choice. This gives students an outlet for growth and provides them with a chance to pursue music at a higher level. Graduates of Conservatory have received partial and full music scholarships to colleges and universities nationwide, including schools like Julliard.

Take a quick look into the experience at Conservatory!

The Salvation Army of NWA looks forward to an increase in capacity in their music and arts programs made possible by the generous gift of supplies and instruments from the Walmart Foundation.

 

JBU Founder’s Day

April 18, 2017

It was such an honor to join together with John Brown University for their annual Founder’s Day celebration this past week, commemorating the rich history that joins our two institutions. Founded in 1919 by John E. Brown, JBU celebrates their 98th anniversary this year and honors the birthday of their founder through this annual celebration.

Major Dan Matthews (Area Commander) and John Brown III (Former Chancellor of JBU, grandson to John E. Brown)

But what is that rich heritage we share, you may wonder? It was through the ministry of The Salvation Army that John Brown came to know Christ. Brown attributes The Salvation Army with his conversion after they put on a revival meeting May 15, 1897 in Rogers, Arkansas.

John Brown, 1897

After a long day at work, Brown was at a café with some friends when he heard the beating drum of The Salvation Army minister calling those in the city to his open-air meeting. Though not the first time he had heard this summons, that night, Brown was intrigued and followed the minister. Brown would later recall:

“…on the night of May 15, 1897, I made the decision that has so wonderfully changed my life. I am lost in wonder, and to this day, I cannot explain nor do I understand the wonderful workings of God.”

After, Brown not only joined The Salvation Army as a staff worker but moved to Siloam Springs, where he set up an outpost. Brown later left his post with The Salvation Army to pursue full-time, traveling evangelism, and would eventually come to found Southwestern Collegiate Institute – what is now known as John Brown University.

Through the years, this institution has impacted thousands of young lives and multiplied the message of the gospel. It is this foundational groundwork that the present-day members of The Salvation Army of NWA and John Brown University celebrated.

Dr. Kim Hadley (JBU, VP of Finance and Administration), Major Michelle and Cpt. John Robbins (The Salvation Army, Springdale), John Brown III (JBU, Former Chancellor and grandson of founder), Majors Dan and Mary Matthews (The Salvation Army, NWA Area Commanders), Dr. Ed Ericson (JBU, VP for Academic Affairs)

Major Dan Matthews and John Brown III spoke for the student body at the chapel assembly followed by a short reception. We were able to present this print to the university, an image of William Booth (founder of The Salvation Army) in his early ministry, in honor of the evangelistic work of John E. Brown’s early years of ministry.

“We are so grateful for the mission of JBU and for the crucial role that The Salvation Army was able to play early in John E. Brown’s life. God’s work is always multiplied- he causes it to remain”. -Major Dan Matthews

We truly believe that God worked through The Salvation Army to mold a young John E. Brown, who would later help mold the hearts and minds of thousands of young men and women through John Brown University.

Volunteer Luncheon 2017

April 10, 2017

Once again, we had an incredible time thanking our amazing volunteers and honoring them for their work with us this past year!!

Whether bell ringing, serving meals, putting on a food drive, helping with Angel Tree, working in our thrift store or giving back in a myriad of other ways- we are grateful for their service. Our volunteers truly do MULTIPLY our services in NWA- we could not do our work without them.

Check out pictures from the event below along with this year’s award recipients!

KETTLE AWARDS

Top Individual Bell Ringer, Fayetteville Amy Bain
Top Group Bell Ringer, Fayetteville Holiday Island Community Church
Top Individual Bell Ringer, Springdale John Tackel
Top Group Bell Ringer, Springdale J.B Hunt Transport, Inc.
Top Individual Bell Ringer, Rogers Aubrey Patterson
Top Group Bell Ringer, Rogers J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.


COMMUNITY AWARDS

Angel Tree Partner of the Year | Legacy National Bank

Angel Tree Partner of the Year is awarded to an individual or group who goes above and beyond during the Christmas Season to ensure that the Angel Tree Program is a success. Whether through volunteerism, donation of resources, or angel adoption, this award recipient is caring for the under-served children in our community. This year’s Angel Tree Partner of the Year award goes to Legacy National Bank. Their team gave extensive hours to aiding with the application process, volunteered at the warehouse, and have begun creating a curriculum for financial classes to be offered for our Angel Tree families. Their partnership has blessed our program, and we know it will continue to do so.

Community Resource Award | Razorback Food Recovery

The Community Resource Award is presented to an individual or group who chooses to support The Salvation Army with a unique resource necessary to the success of our programs. Last year alone, our varying programs and services provided 88,000 meals in Northwest Arkansas, which would not be possible without generous donors. However, this past year, we had the blessing of connecting with a very special organization dedicated to reducing food waste and ending hunger in Northwest Arkansas, Last year alone, they rescued and donated 10,471 pounds of food to our Fayetteville Shelter. We are so grateful for Razorback Food Recovery and are thrilled to present them with this year’s Community Resource Award.

Community Partner Award | Kevin Fitzpatrick

The Community Partner Award is presented to an individual or group that has shown great support through volunteerism, financial gifts, and the unique meeting of needs throughout the year. This year, we are thrilled to present the Community Partner Award to Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick. Dr. Fitzpatrick in an incredible mobilizer to others in our community, desiring that Northwest Arkansas better understand the issues of homelessness and poverty. His research provides much-needed data to help non-profits like us more effectively serve our clients. He is constantly finding groups to come serve with us and spreading our message. We are grateful for his work in this community and his support!

Volunteer Individual of the Year | The VanSlooten Family

The Volunteer Individual of the Year Award is presented each year to one individual or family who has shone in their commitment and service to The Salvation Army. This year, we are proud to honor the VanSlooten Family. They are a wonderful family, committed to service and always willing to go above and beyond. They serve meals consistently: we know we can count on them to be there. They encouraged their church to adopt one of the family rooms in our shelter, and their son Andrew painted the men’s dorm for his scout project. Andrew gathered his family, school friends, and church to help with the project, and the Scouts purchased all the supplies for painting including the paint. We are so grateful for all the ways they have served our Bentonville Shelter this year.

Volunteer Group of the Year | First Christian Church and Waterway

Our final award will be presented to the Volunteer Group of the Year. This award is given to a group that has given an incredible number of hours to The Salvation Army, enabling us to better serve this community because of their continued commitment. This year’s recipients have continually reached out, asking to serve us and fulfill needs that arise.  They have served meals, brought much-needed supplies like food, coffee, laundry detergent and more. They have been a welcome part of our serving family and so committed to helping the homeless in Benton County. A huge thank you and congratulations to First Christian Church & Waterway for your commitment and service this past year!

The Women Behind our Work

March 22, 2017

March is National Social Work month, as we mentioned last week, and we want to take some time out to thank the women who keep our social services running! Our case workers, Jeri and Verna, serve the impoverished, homeless, and down on their luck each and every day. They work hard, love well, and give of themselves daily.

So “cheers!” to our case workers- and thank you for what you do!

Meet Jeri

She is our caseworker in Fayetteville and Springdale and has been serving with The Salvation Army for a year. She has worked in social services for 17 years in diverse disciplines, such as children with disabilities and corrections.

I was an education major and switched to Social Work because I realized I like working with the whole family and not just the child. What I want (in a job) and what I have here is coming to work and it not feeling like work.

Why do you do what you do day in and day out?

Because I have been on both sides (of social services). As a recovering addict myself, I can relate. I have been a single mother, and I have been on that side of the window many times. I know how it feels to be in that situation.

How has does being on “both sides of the window” inform your work each day?

I don’t want people to feel judged by their caseworker, or like they are less than. Everyone has their time of need. Maybe not this year, but you never know when that might happen: when it could be you. I’ve needed utility help, I have needed social services. I have needed rehab services. I have had all of those, and it makes me able to relate to my clients in a deeper way and with respect.

What do you want people to know about social services that they may not know or expect?

Caseloads are overwhelming. And people may think that social workers see their clients as a number or a stack of papers. But that’s not the case. It is hard to keep up sometimes, but they are not a number to me. They are a person, a family, a life. I listen to what they have to say to me… I hear it.

I don’t think the job is hard, because at the end of the day, I feel fulfilled. I try to steer [my clients] in the right direction to get services [they need]. Understanding them, having been in their shoes- that is what makes it easy for me.

and Meet Verna

Verna, our caseworker in Bentonville and Siloam Springs, is going on her 7th year with The Salvation Army. She began as a part-time caseworker and has since become full-time.

Why do you do what you do?

I love to help people and hear their stories. I meet all kinds of people coming through our social service office, and I really do love to do what I can to meet their needs.

I didn’t even really know about the great needs here in Northwest Arkansas until I started working here. And I’ve lived here!

So thank you from the bottom of our hearts to these two amazing women who make a difference in our community each day! Social Work would not be the same without you! Happy National Social Workers Month!


Are you in need of assistance?

  1. Call 479-521-2151
  2. Ask for social services in the city where you LIVE
  3. You will be transferred our relayed the direct line number for our offices across the region
  4. Make an appointment

We help with…

  • Electricity bills
  • Diapers
  • Food
  • Prescription Med Assistance
  • Furniture for house fires
  • Coats in the winter
  • Box fans in the summer

To see all of our Social Service Locations and numbers, read >>>> here.

National Social Work Month

March 15, 2017

The official definition of Social Work according to the International Federation of Social Work is as follows…

Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance well-being.

However, it is so much MORE than that! Social Work is defined by the amazing men and women sacrificing each and every day to serve the needs of others. It is filled with joy, exhaustion, sorrow, warmth, pain, commitment, discomfort, and contentment. But most importantly, it is PEOPLE giving to other people.

Social workers are everywhere. And they are changing our world.

The job is not glamorous. It does not pay generously or receive grand recognition in the media. Social Workers are not often in the limelight, in fact, they often go unthanked for the hard work they put into their job, both physically and emotionally.

So in honor of National Social Work Month, we want to take the opportunity to thank the caseworkers who serve the homeless and impoverished on our behalf here at The Salvation Army, along with the hundreds of other social workers in this community who are making hurting lives whole through their service.

Tune in the next few weeks to meet a few of the case workers on our staff who champion what they do and make a difference for our clients every day!

 

 

 

We Stand on Hope

January 23, 2017

In a world filled with sudden tragedy, certain loss, uncertain futures, sorrow, and despair, it can become easy to get lost in the hopelessness and negativity.

But there is HOPE. And The Salvation Army makes a stand on that truth.
For every tragedy there is restoration, for every loss, new life, in uncertainty there is peace, and in sorrow and despair- there is Hope.

The Salvation Army Manifesto speaks that hope into existence. While we don’t deny hurt, loss, poverty, addiction, tragedy or homelessness- we do believe that there is hope for tomorrow.

I am doing the most good.
I am hope.
I am compassion.
I am strength.
I am faith.


I am doing the most good.
I serve a community.
A region.
A nation.
A world.
I serve heroes.
I serve victims.
I serve a sovereign God.


I am doing the most good.
I am an Army.
Drafted by the Creator.
Commissioned by a man who defied death.
My enemies are despair and destruction.
My ammunition is grace and mercy.
My allies are generosity and benevolence.
I am an Army.
Helping others be all they can be.


I am doing the most good.
I feed empty stomachs and hungry souls.
I rebuild ruined homes and shattered lives.
I am a willing listener for a veteran with stories to tell.
I am a bottled water and an encouraging smile for a weary firefighter.
I am an answered prayer.
A silver lining.
A second chance.


I am doing the most good.
I am a humble steward of other people’s generosity.
I am a grateful courier of a stranger’s kindness.
I am the faithful executor of others’ goodwill.
I take my responsibility seriously.
I am blessed.
I am a blessing.

I am The Salvation Army.
I am doing the most good.

The Angel Tree and Red Kettle Round-Up

January 4, 2017

HAPPY 2017, NORTHWEST ARKANSAS!!

The Christmas Season has finally wrapped up and the New Year is underway!! And we think the best way to celebrate the New Year is by reflecting on all the joys of last year. 2016 was an incredible year for The Salvation Army, and it was only made possible by this community!! So for that, we thank you!

Now, we know you all have been wondering- just how much did the Kettles raise this year?? And how many angels were adopted through the Angel Tree program? Well, DRUMROLLLLL…. because we are thrilled to tell!


RED KETTLES

Because of your generosity (and some pretty awesome bell ringers^^^), we were able to raise $343,952 across Northwest Arkansas this year!! So thank you, thank YOU for giving. We are truly so grateful. Curious as to where the money goes after the Kettle? You can see how we use the money throughout the year >>> HERE!

Check out some of our favorite moments from the bell ringing season!

Selfie with a cop made its debut this year from the Benton County Sheriff Department!

Our very own bell ringer Gary Shipley had an article published on his banjo playing!

JB Hunt competed for a week to raise over $7,500 for The Salvation Army!!

Sometimes ringing is so fun, you have to bring 15 friends to one Kettle!

ANGEL TREE

Many of you gave in a different way this Christmas Season- you gave to the Angel Tree!! And once again we had an AMAZING year!! Every single child was adopted by our community and corporate donors this year- Woo!! Way to go, Northwest Arkansas!

We were able to serve 2,113 children this year, because of your generosity! That’s over 750 families who had Christmas gifts under the tree and a Christmas meal on the table.

Here are some of our favorite Angel Tree moments of the season!!

We filled a warehouse as long as a football field with gifts you generously provided!

Jim’s Razorback Pizza provided some awesome food for our volunteers.

Tyson, The Pack Shack, Schmieding Produce, and Arkansas Egg Company provided meals for our angel families.

These cute kiddos donated over 400 pairs of socks at Folsom Elementary school to help those in need.

THANK YOU, NORTHWEST ARKANSAS!!

5 Places your Money Goes after the Red Kettle

December 19, 2016

“TELL ME ABOUT THE CHANGE”

Only FOUR MORE DAYS of Red Kettle ringing here in Northwest Arkansas, and it’s been an awesome season!!

BUT each year, as the change comes in, we are asked the same question: where exactly does that money go?? 32 days of ringing bells at over 50 locations adding up to (hopefully) $380,000- it is a lot of change!! Well, we would LOVE to tell you! Because your donations to the Red Kettle keep us operating all year long.

Your change, makes CHANGE!!

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  1. IT STAYS LOCALLY

The Salvation Army raises funds at the ground level- and they stay here “on the ground”. That means our funds do not get funneled down to our many locations across the globe from headquarters or some central money making hub.

Instead, money is raised at the local level and then remains in that community! So Northwest Arkansas, your money is staying right here in this community. And we are proud of that!

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2. IT HOUSES THE HOMELESS

There are an estimated 2,462 homeless in Northwest Arkansas, according to research done by the University of Arkansas in 2015.

We see the need every day here at The Salvation Army and desire to be a refuge for those who are hurting. That is why we offer free, emergency shelter to those experiencing crisis, tragedy, and loss. Last year, we

Last year, we served a combined total of over 18,000 nights of shelter at our Fayetteville and Bentonville Shelters and provided over 80,000 meals to those in need in our community.

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3. IT FREES THE ADDICT

This is Aaron; he graduated from our program in November of this year! His life has been completely changed through our drug rehab program, and we are so PROUD of him!!

When you give money to the Kettle, it provides freedom from addiction. Restoration of families. Hope for the future. Productive, community-minded citizens. And PEACE for those who were hurting and lost.

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4. IT SERVES UNDER-PRIVILEGED YOUTH

Every week, The Salvation Army busses in kids from the low-income areas of Northwest Arkansas to love on them, serve them, feed them and teach them about Jesus.

Many of these children would be going home to empty houses, finding food for themselves (if there is any that night), and likely never experiencing the simple joy of a safe, fun place to spend their time without this program.

When you give, these children are fed. They get to go to summer camp! They get respite from the place they call “house” that may never feel like home.

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5. IT HELPS THE HURTING IN MORE WAYS THAN WE CAN COUNT

The mission of The Salvation Army is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. And we strive to do that every day.

Whether we are providing shelter, food, utility assistance, addiction recovery, clothing, furniture, disaster relief, Christmas gifts or simply a listening ear, we strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in the most need. Daily, we strive to Do the Most Good.

To learn more about our services, click the links…

Addiction Recovery
Emergency Shelter
Social Services

To give to the Red Kettle Online…
Give Online


THANK YOU, NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, FOR CONTINUING TO SUPPORT US!! Together, Let’s “Do The Most Good”.

4 Largest Donations Found in the Red Kettle

December 8, 2016

Charley Brandt, dressed as Santa, rings the bell for the Salvation Army at the Byerly's store in Roseville. Brandt, a three year veteran of bell ringing is trying out the newly acquired Santa suit in hopes that increases donations. Tuesday, December 10, 2013. He a Byerly's customers laughs as Brandt compliments her on her smile and wishes her, "Merry Christmas". (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

We all know the feeling of reaching for spare change in our pockets– trying to find a few coins here or there to give to the chilly bell ringer standing outside of Walmart. Though most often, spare change and $1 bills are what finds their way to the kettle, there are a few bigger donations that come in each year. 

Want to know some of the largest donations (on record) ever given to the Red Kettle?! We have a compilation of some of the most generous gifts ever seen by The Salvation Army at Christmastime! 

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The $10K Piggy Bank

Your child’s piggy bank mayyyy not be worth much, but for rare coin collectors, their little assemblage can be rather valuable! An anonymous donor finally revealed their identity after 15 years of donating parts of their rare coin collection to the Kettles.

“Dick and Ruth Jean Unger, who had long asked to remain nameless, finally went public because so many people wanted to know who was behind the kind-hearted deed.”

After all was said and done, their coins amounted to a grand total of $10,000!!!

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Five $10K Checks from Secret Santa Wrapped in a $1 Bill

At a Joplin, Mo. Walmart on Black Friday, as the shoppers were waiting in line, one shopper wasn’t there to buy a big screen TV!! As the officers counted the Red Kettle totals that evening, 5 checks for $10,000 each were found inside the Kettle- all wrapped inside of a $1 dollar bill!!

“The person or persons behind the $50,000 donation remain anonymous, as she or he (or they) has been for the past decade. Salvation Army officials have nicknamed the anonymous donor(s) “Secret Santa” for the tradition of donating large sums in the kettle each Christmas season.”

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Bank matches $100,000 in donations

The Citizens Bank Foundation announced that it would donate $100,000 to The Salvation Army’s 2007 Kettle Campaign in New Hampshire as a match to the local’s giving. Green Kettles marked as Citizen’s Bank “match kettles” were put out throughout the state.

This helped “successfully complete a partnership developed in response to the growing need for emergency food, shelter and assistance with fuel expenses throughout the state.”

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The $500,000 Family Legacy

A check for $500,000 was dropped into The Salvation Army kettle at a Club Foods in Rosemount, Minnesota.

The family chose this gift to honor their family legacy.
One of their fathers served in World War 1 and especially loved The Salvation Army Donut Lassies, who brought coffee and donuts to the soldiers on the front lines. Want to learn more about the Donut Lassies?? Check out the story HERE:

Story Sources:

1) $10,000 Coins  2) Checks from Santa  3) Bank Match  4) The Minnesota $500K