Ontario Central East Division

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Teen Volunteers at Salvation Army After-School Program

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Jamie-Lynn started attending an after-school program at The Salvation Army in Kingston, Ont., when she was seven-years-old. Today, the 14-year-old volunteers at the same place where she learned how to read and write.

“After I learned how to read, write and do math, I passed school with flying colours,” says Jamie-Lynn. “I love it here.”

As a volunteer, Jamie-Lynn assists with anything from helping younger children do crafts to teaching others how to safely cut vegetables to helping with clean-up.

“It’s fun and […]

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Salvation Army Disaster Relief Worker Gives First-Hand Account of Hurricane Matthew

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On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck southwestern Haiti destroying close to 200,000 homes and leaving 14 million people in need of humanitarian aid. The Salvation Army was on the ground in Haiti immediately, providing basic food items and treatment through its clinic to people who were injured.

As the extent of the devastation became clear, international Salvation Army emergency services personnel were deployed to participate in community assessments, formulate projects and distribute food and non-food items to those devastated by […]

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Single Parent Finds Hope in the Midst of Darkness

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For Leena, single parenting and poverty go hand in hand. “I’m struggling,” says the 38-year-old. “But without The Salvation Army I’d feel worse. Hope wouldn’t be there.”

In 2014, Leena’s husband of 16 years abruptly left the marriage. “I received a phone call at work to say my husband was home collecting his belongings and moving out. I was in complete shock,” says Leena. “He left me with the mortgage payment, bills―everything.”

Leena had to find resources as fast as she could. […]

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Salvation Army Volunteer Honoured by Parry Sound Mayor

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For 28 years Salvation Army volunteer Dennis Miner has given hope and help to people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Parry Sound’s downtown core. “I don’t do it out of duty,” says the 75-year-old. “I do it out of love.”

On January 8, 2017, the Mayor of Parry Sound, Jamie McGarvey, presented Miner with the “Order of Parry Sound,” saying that Miner represents the meaning of commitment, dedication and caring.

“Dennis has been a member of The Salvation Army since 1975 and […]