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August 2017

NWA On Front Lines for Hurricane Harvey

August 27, 2017

This hurricane is going to potentially cause the largest flooding disaster the US has ever seen. And in our service to those in need, this is likely going to be the one of the most extensive feeding operation The Salvation Army has undertaken.

-Steven Hartsook
Divisional Director, Emergency Disaster Services 
The Salvation Army Arkansas & Oklahoma Division

  

NWA DEPLOYING THREE LOCAL OFFICERS

The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas’ three local Corps Officers will be deployed today to serve those affected by Hurricane Harvey. All three officers will be deployed for a minimum of 14 days to provide logistical, physical and spiritual care on the front lines.

Captain John Robbins, Springdale Corps Officer, will deploy to the Incident Command Center in Corpus Christi, Texas to serve as the Safety Officer for The Salvation Army’s ongoing disaster response operations.  The Safety Officer ensures, as much as possible, that disaster workers and those The Salvation Army serves are not hurt or otherwise endangered.

Lieutenant Nic Arroqui, Fayetteville Corps Officer, will also be deployed to serve at the Incident Command Center in Corpus Christi, Texas to serve in Logistics Support. He will be responsible for obtaining and managing all resources and equipment necessary to run the disaster relief operation.

Captain David Leonard, Rogers Corps Officer, has been deployed to help with canteen service and Emotional and Spiritual Care in San Antonio, TX.  The Emotional & Spiritual Care Specialist is responsible for meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of disaster survivors and rescue workers and for providing pastoral support to Salvation Army disaster workers, including officers, employees and volunteers.

John Robbins
Arroqui
Photo Aug 01, 9 55 43 AM

(Top: Robbins, Middle: Arroqui, Bottom: Leonard)

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP??

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. 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.

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

  • Donate Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 ****Please designate ‘Hurricane Harvey’ 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

+++FOLLOW @SALARMYNWA@SALARMYEDS@SALARMYTX on Twitter for regular updates, prayer requests and urgent needs lists.

Kettle Calendar is Open!

August 22, 2017

It’s 80 degrees outside…. we just watched the summer Solar Eclipse! But it’s true- our Red Kettle Ringing volunteerism calendar is OPEN for scheduling!

Want to volunteer together as a company? You can! Need a Christmas outreach project for your social club? Do it with us! Have a church group looking for an opportunity? Join our team!!

I mean, how cute are these little bell ringers?? You can bring the whole family and give back together this holiday season.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

GREAT QUESTION! There are three easy ways to sign up to ring.

  1. You can sign yourself up online! Just follow the instructions on our Red Kettle Volunteer site to pick a city, date and shift to serve.
  2. Email us! Having tech problems or just don’t want to go through the website? We will do it for you! Email lindsey.strong@uss.salvationarmy.org. **If you are signing up for a group, emailing is the best option.
  3. Really, really don’t love technology? You can call us! 479-521-2151.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

Another great question!! We ask for one 3-hour shift. That’s it!! Now, if you want to do more, PLEASE DO! We love returners. But the minimum commitment is one shift (11-2, 2-5, or 5-8) Monday-Saturday. You can always ring for longer than 3 hours or can sign up for multiple 3-hours shifts over multiple days.

WHEN DOES THE RINGING SEASON START?

We will start November 10th this year and ring right up until Christmas! That’s lots of days. I bet you can find 3 hours in there to ring a bell and spread Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear! Or… you can just ring. Totally your preference.

WHY BELL RINGING?

The Red Kettle Campaign is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Like galas or dinners, red kettle ringing supports our services year-round and has a deep tradition.

Curious about what happens to all the money in the Kettles? Learn more about how we use that money here in Northwest Arkansas in our article 5 Places Your Money Goes After the Red Kettle.

Want to see lots of people having SO MUCH FUN ringing the bell last year?? Check out our 2016 Red Kettle Round-Up!

We hope to see you out in your Christmas sweaters ringing the bell with us this year!

Shelter Tours: A fall learning series

August 10, 2017

Dear Community,

Please consider joining us for our fall series: Shelter Tours.

We will be hosting several meet and greet tours this fall to share about homelessness in our community and The Salvation Army’s work to aid those in need.

A Few Facts:

  • As of 2017, there are approximately 2,951 homeless in Northwest Arkansas. Over HALF of that number is represented by children in K-12th grades.++
  • The homeless population in NWA has increased by 152% since 2007, whereas, the general population has only grown by 12%.++
  • In 2016, we provided over 24,217 nights of shelter between our two Emergency Shelters.
  • Additionally, we provided 93,590 meals to men, women, and children who experienced food insecurity.

++Statistics from the 2017 Point-In-Time survey conducted in Northwest Arkansas.

Join us on one of our shelter tours this fall to learn more, ask questions, and better understand the experience of the homeless in Northwest Arkansas. RSVP is not required.