The Salvation Army is more than a red kettle at Christmas. Perhaps you've even thrown a few coins in the bucket. Although this welcomed symbol appears in our community for just a short while, its impact extends far beyond the holiday season - changing lives, one at a time, every day, all year long.
The scope of The Salvation Army's influence is vast, touching nearly every segment of society and providing help, hope, and healing for those who come within our sphere. We are at work in more than 123 countries around the world. Although programs vary from country to country and community to community to help people most effectively, our mission is constant: to share the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ and meet needs without discrimination. This focus, established by our Founder William Booth in 1865, remains the guiding principle for our cutting-edge and award-winning work in contemporary life.
In fact, The Salvation Army is recognized as one of America's foremost leaders in social services and dramatically alters the lives of hundreds of thousands each year who face daunting circumstances. By the time many people reach our doors, their lives have hit a dead end. But at The Salvation Army they learn there's still hope. There are still opportunities for u-turns, chances for change and new directions.
In all of our services, The Salvation Army believes that meeting immediate needs is important but addressing larger, long-term issues is vital for real life change. Our ministry is holistic; it addresses the whoe person - body, mind, and spirit. This creative and compassionate approach has made The Salvation Army not only "America's favorite charity," but a leader in world services.
Yet, The Salvation Army could never accomplish all it does alone. To maximize our services, we often network with governments, other agencies, churches, and advisory organizations composed of community leaders who bring their wisdom and expertise to the organization. They, along with more than a million other volunteers across the country, join with us to improve the landscape of our nation by changing one life at a time.