The Salvation Army in Canada

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Trick or Treat for Food Banks

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Rather than trick or treating for the typical goodies, there are some individuals and groups across Canada who are collecting non-perishable food items to help restock depleted Salvation Army food bank shelves.

For example, in Fort Erie, Ont., individuals and students will come to the door and say “Trick or Can.”  And in Penticton, B.C., Okanagan College students are also going door-to-door collecting non-perishable items.

In many Salvation Army centres there is an overwhelming demand for food. Food Banks Canada says, “With […]

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How to be a Partner and Change Lives

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“Most of us think of Christmas as a festive time, with presents under the tree, surrounded by friends and family,” says a Salvation Army volunteer. “But for many it’s a time of sadness and anxiety, without family or support.”

Organizations like The Salvation Army need volunteers year-round but even more so during the Christmas season.

“Volunteering not only gives you a sense of purpose, seeing people succeed is an amazing return on your investments,” says another volunteer. “It’s heart-wrenching when you see […]

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Income Inequality: Why it Matters.

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October 17 has been set aside by the United Nations to recognized people living in poverty and the need to accelerate action towards a world without discrimination. The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty is a critical issue.

Statistics Canada has recently published its new and controversial National Household Survey. The report not only shows that Canadian families are struggling like never before, it shows the income gap between the rich and the rest of Canada is growing wider.

High inequality […]

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Five Ways to Help the Homeless

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World Homeless Day, October 10, was created to draw attention to people who are homeless and their needs. Around the world individuals are encouraged to stop and think about the homeless in their communities and what they can do to help.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Educate yourself and others. Don’t accept the stereotype that all homeless people are alcoholics, addicts and people who don’t want to work.
  • Advocate for the homeless. Vote for those who are actively involved in homeless issues.
  • Treat homeless […]
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    Services That Support Seniors

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    October 1, International Day of Older Persons, is set aside to recognize the contributions of the elderly and to examine issues that affect their lives.

    Canada has more seniors than ever before, and given the valuable contribution they have made to this country, it is only fitting that The Salvation Army serves them in ways that protect their dignity and honour.

    The Salvation Army helps seniors in many ways. Adult day programs improve participants’ physical and mental well-being. Seminars such as fraud […]

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    How The Salvation Army is Transparent and Accountable

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    The Salvation Army believes in transparency and accountability. External visibility creates public understanding and trust, which are vital to the Army’s success. The support of donors and volunteers allows the Army to serve 1.8 million people every year.

    In addition to The Salvation Army’s Annual Review, the Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code reinforces The Salvation Army’s commitment to high standards of accountability. The Code represents a set of standards to help manage and report charitable activities […]

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    Learning That Makes a Difference

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    In school David misbehaved because he didn’t have the ability to read. Ben, a new immigrant had difficulty finding employment due to his lack of English proficiency. Maria, who didn’t graduate from high school, couldn’t help her children with homework.

    Now, thanks to Salvation Army literacy programs across Canada, kids like David have a new sense of self-esteem and willingness to learn. Adults like Ben are employed. Moms like Maria are helping their kids succeed.

    The Salvation Army recognizes the significance of […]

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    Helping Families Meet Diverse Needs

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    While families plan for a new school year,  The Salvation Army offers alternatives to the often expensive extracurricular activities or daycare programs that put a strain on budgets.

    A recent study by The Salvation Army  revealed that many Canadian families still struggle to make ends meet despite a rebounding economy. “Youth in Need: The Economic Challenges,” showed that since the recession began in 2008, 66 percent of Salvation Army youth programs in Canada saw an increase in demand for […]

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    Thrift Shopping for Back-to-School and Beyond

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    Back-to-school shopping doesn’t always have to happen inside retail stores. Salvation Army Thrift Stores offer great variety when it comes to finding items for the school year, and beyond.

    From clothes to linens to furniture and mattresses, Thrift Stores save some serious money, and everything you are looking for is in one place.

    Furthermore, by shopping at Salvation Army Thrift Stores people in local communities benefit from profits the Thrift Store gains. Proceeds support the Army’s many social programs […]

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    Teens Overcome Challenges through Volunteering

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    Throughout the summer months teens affected by Asperger’s syndrome volunteered at The Salvation Army thrift store in Bathurst, N.B. From sorting books to hanging and sorting clothes, giving back not only made the teens feel good, it bridged communication gaps they sometimes struggle with.

    As part of a summer camp program at the Autism and Asperger Family Centre, Inc. teens volunteered in the community every week with the purpose of helping them overcome social challenges and motivate them to interact with […]