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What Canadian Donors Want

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A recent Ipsos Reid survey says a strong interest in giving reflects Canadians’ faith in the work of the charitable sector. The most popular reason why Canadians donate to a charity is the desire to “help those in need.” Donors look for a variety of information when researching a charity to determine whether they will make a donation. The cause/mission Distribution of funds Percentage spent on administrative costs Percentage of funds actually used for the cause Results/past achievements What resources are provided Credibility/trustworthy Target population/who is being helped Reputation Impact

Adult Day program helps seniors enjoy the best possible quality of life

Adult Day Program Improves Lives of Medically Fragile Persons

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Following a heart attack that caused significant damage, 92-year-old Evelyn had to adjust to a life that was very different than before. While she still lived independently, she wasn’t allowed to drive. Now isolated from getting out into the community, something had to change. “All I did was watch TV, sleep and stare into space,” says Evelyn. Today, Evelyn leads a productive, active life and attributes her overall wellness to The Salvation Army’s adult day program in Victoria, B.C., which provides social interaction, involvement in meaningful activities and close relationships.

Single mom completes high-school education through The Salvation Army

Salvation Army Programs Adapt to Changing Needs

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Last year, The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda served 1.8 million people. As demand for services increased and social and economic situations changed, The Salvation Army introduced new programs and services to better serve and assist families and individuals. For example: In Cranbrook, B.C., The Salvation Army’s new, free dental clinic served patients who couldn’t afford to see a dentist. The Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre opened in Calgary to serve individuals affected by low education/literacy levels, language, culture, social isolation, family violence, inadequate employment and low coping skills.

Salvation Army school lunch programs combat hunger and change lives

Salvation Army School Lunch Programs Feed Minds and Change Lives

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It’s back-to-school time and, as many parents pack school lunches and snacks, we need to bear in mind that one in seven children go to school hungry. This lack of food robs them of dignity and negatively affects their ability to learn. The Salvation Army recognizes this issue and has established programs to help feed students. For example: • In St. John’s N.L., more than 100 students from St. John’s Booth Memorial and Bishops College enjoy a free lunch hosted by The Salvation Army every Tuesday; • In Abbotsford, B.C.,

Salvation Army literacy program increases confidence and improves skills

How One Woman Overcame the Barriers of Illiteracy

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Imagine being 38 years old and not knowing that 2 x 2 = 4 or how to read or write words such as participation or assistance. For years Jennifer lived with the stigma and shame that illiteracy brings. Then she found a way to escape her situation. “When I came to The Salvation Army I had missed many years of school. As a result I had panic attacks trying to read and couldn’t write simple sentences.” At age 18 Jennifer became a single parent. She left school to focus on

Demand increases at Salvation Army food banks

Five Actions That Can Have a Lasting Impact on Hunger

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Each month 850,000 Canadians access food banks and the numbers continue to increase. Hunger in Canada is a serious issue, but there are things we can do about it. 1.      Change what you know about hunger. You could start by clicking here. http://www.foodbankscanada.ca/Learn-About-Hunger/About-Hunger-in-Canada.aspx 2.      Meet your local food bank director and get to know how the food bank operates. 3.      Raise awareness of the issue of hunger with friends, families and coworkers. 4.      Support your local food bank by donating food or money and provide encouragement and affirmation. 5.      Share

Christmas Comes Early Thanks to MOLLY MAID Food Drive

Christmas Comes Early Thanks to MOLLY MAID Food Drive

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MOLLY MAID’s Christmas in July Food Drive helped raise over 900 kilograms of food for Salvation Army food services across the country. For the past six years the relationship between The Salvation Army and MOLLY MAID has helped make a difference in the lives of Canadians trying to make ends meet. One in eight Canadian households suffer from food insecurity. MOLLY MAID’s food drive provides not only food but a sense of hope and dignity to vulnerable children and families. Thanks to the caring clients and employees of MOLLY MAID,

Salvation Army mobile feeding units provide food and hydration to displaced residents and first responders

Salvation Army Responds to California Earthquake

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Napa, CA- After a magnitude 6.0 earthquake rattled Northern California early Sunday, The Salvation Army has deployed multiple canteens (mobile feeding units) to the Napa and Vallejo areas. A Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team was sent to the evacuation centre in Napa (Crosswalk Community Church) and is prepared to serve more than 100 dinner meals to displaced residents and first responders. Two other canteens are stationed in other parts of Napa to also serve meals. Another crew is providing meal service in Vallejo. An emergency canteen is currently

Child Poverty Rates Remain High

Child Poverty Rates in Canada Remain High

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One in seven Canadian children lives in a low-income household. Children are often the innocent victims of poverty. When Tanya’s marriage broke down, she was left with responsibilities she now had to bear on her own. “As a single parent, I was pulled in every direction,” says Tanya. “I never seemed to have enough time, energy, patience or money. I often felt things were spinning out of control. Then I met The Salvation Army whose help with food, pull-ups and school snacks eased my financial pressures.” A 2012 Report Card

Art students partner with Salvation Army Shelter to Give Hope and Comfort

Art Students Partner with Salvation Army Shelter to Provide Comfort and Hope

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Art students and teachers from Heart Lake Secondary School in Brampton approached The Salvation Army Honeychurch Family Life Resource Centre, a shelter for abused women and children, to provide artwork that would reflect their thoughts on abuse. Students learned about the shelter and its services. The results were a 5 x 5 foot picture and 24 small pictures, each depicting freedom, which will be proudly display within the shelter walls. “The beauty and elegance of the paintings captured the very essence of the work The Salvation Army desires to accomplish