What is the most effective way to donate during a disaster?

“At The Salvation Army, we LOVE our donors. They’ve helped us feed hungry people, provide drug and alcohol rehabilitation for people struggling with addiction, house homeless families, serve disaster first responders and survivors, and so much more.

“The May 21, 2013 Los Angeles Times tells about the outpouring of donated goods being dropped of at a Moore, Oklahoma church. So much in fact, that local radio stations have asked people to slow it down and think twice about what they’re giving.”

So what can you do to help during a disaster? Click here to read more!

Japan: 8.9 Earthquake and Tsunami

Update from Salvation Army International Headquarters & Japan Territory:
(March 11, 2011) The Salvation Army in Japan is responding to the earthquake and tsunami that brought devastation to the north side of the country. Communication and travel have been badly hit by the disaster, and at the moment the true cost in human life and property can only be guessed.

The most damaged city is Sendai, about 400 kilometers away from Tokyo. Commissioner Makoto Yoshida, leader of The Salvation Army’s Japan Territory, was at territorial headquarters in Tokyo and reports:

“Our building swayed tremendously,” said Commissioner Yoshida. “It was hard for us to keep standing and many of us were really frightened.”

The Salvation Army, a leader in international emergency disaster services, is responding immediately.

“We are sending a team to Sendai tonight [March 11, JST] and tomorrow we will start providing the basic necessities as well as assessing the level of damage so we can decide what else we can do,” said Yoshida.

Public transport in Tokyo stopped because of the earthquake, leaving many commuters unable to leave work.

“We opened our hall on the ground floor of territorial headquarters to those who could not go home,” said Yoshida. “We served them with hot drinks and packed meals.”

General Shaw Clifton, the international leader of The Salvation Army, has already been in touch with the commissioner to assure him of the prayers and support of Salvationists around the world.  Salvation Army units up and down the U.S. Pacific Coast and in the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands are on standby and ready to help.

To keep updated with the efforts in Japan, please check our Japanese Earthquake page for more information as it is released. The post above is from our Divisional Headquarters and can be read in its entirety here.

The Salvation Army is ranked in the Top 10 Non-Profits!

The Salvation Army ranks among the top 10 most trusted non-profit organizations in America, according to results of Harris Interactive’s EquiTrend annual brand equity poll.

The study measures more than 1,000 brands across 42 different categories, including 59 non-profit brands.

The Salvation Army emerged in the top 10 rankings in categories of:

  • Most Trusted (10)
  • Brand Equity (6)
  • To Which People are Most Likely to Give (5)

Read more HERE at The Salvation Army blog!

Don’t Be Scammed by Fake Donation Collectors!

Disasters Bring Out The Best In Us, And The Worst

“Every time there’s a disaster somewhere in the world, aid groups and the news media are careful to remind us of fundraising scams and other forms of exploitation. They’re right to mention it; in the emotion of the moment, we’re often so willing to help that we send our money to an organization we’ve never heard of in the hope of doing good.” (Courtesy Kathy Lovin at the Expect Change Blog.)

Read more including links to articles about human trafficking at the Expect Change Blog.

Also, Check the Haiti Relief section below! There is some updated information posted.

What’s Your Verse?

If you or someone you know needs emergency assistance or spiritual and emotional help please contact us. 415/994-6223 for a pastor, 415/781-7002 for Social Services, or from outside SF, 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

Haiti Earthquake – Relief Update

The Salvation Army has been working since the Haitian Earthquake to move food, water, relief personnel, and other supplies for the Haitian people and for our clinic in Haiti. The following are links to articles and videos about the relief effort of The Salvation Army. Entries from the “Expect Change” blog (Courtesy Kathy Lovin) will be denoted with a star “*” Unless noted, all other articles are from The Salvation Army National website or blog.

American Idol Star visits Haiti NEW!!
American Idol will kick off “Idol Gives Back” on Thursday, February 25, where you can see 2009 winner Kris Allen perform to video footage of his recent trip to Haiti. Partnering with the UN Foundation, Allen visited Place de la Paix, Haiti where The Salvation Army serves as the camp management agency for a settlement that is home to 20,000 individuals displaced by January’s earthquake.

Massive Amounts Of Food, Water Reach Port-Au-Prince Over Weekend
While the situation in Haiti continues to be very serious, The Salvation Army Relief Team is providing massive amounts of food, water and other relief materials to the people affected by the earthquake.

January 25 Progress Report
Salvation Army team members continue to attend UN ‘Cluster Meetings’ in order to coordinate our relief activities with other major organizations and ensure the most efficient use of resources and allocation of precious relief materials and services.

Meals vs. Medicine
“A chronically empty stomach or a severe physical injury – is there a lesser of the two evils?”

Almost A Million Nutrient-Rich Meals Are On Their Way To Haiti *
“About seven years ago Rick McNary had a calling on his life to feed hungry people in impoverished nations. Over the last seven years he developed a system and a plan to package nutrient-rich meals that are inexpensive and easily portable to places in the world that need them most.”

First Baby Born After Earthquake
“A beautiful baby girl was delivered at The Salvation Army clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti! She is the first baby to be born in the area following the tragic earthquake. What wonderful proof that amidst much death and destruction, there is also new life!”

January 22 Update: Aid By The Numbers
“Though there is still overwhelming need in Haiti, the good news is relief workers are finally being able to reach Port-au-Prince without dealing with as massive delays or outrageous rerouting as experienced immediately following the earthquake.” Click for an overview of the relief we have given and the relief expected to arrive in the upcoming days.

YouTube Video Links:
FoxNewsChannel: January 15, 2010

Haiti Disaster Relief 60 sec PSA from Communications Bureau on Vimeo.

Haiti Relief

The Salvation Army is working to bring as much aid as possible to Haiti. Donations of money, clothing, non-perishable food, blankets, and even airline miles are needed.

Four simple ways to help:

1. Monetary donation: You can mail in a check to our office at 1450 Powell Street San Francisco, CA 94133 and indicate in the “memo” section “Haiti Relief”

2. Online donation: click here and specify “Haiti Relief” when prompted.

3. Prayer. Please pray for Haiti and the relief efforts.

4. Text “Haiti” to 52000 and confirm the text message you get back. Standard Text Messaging fees may or may not apply depending on your carrier.

For more information, please visit our Haiti Relief page by clicking on the link in the navigation bar.

You can also visit for images, video clips, and other news.

Thank You for your support! Together, we can DO THE MOST GOOD.

Why do we check ID?

The Salvation Army mission statement promises that we strive always to meet needs in Christ’s name “without discrimination.” That means we do not consider immigration status as a barrier to service.The only requirement for service at The Salvation Army is need.

This week, the Houston area media made it seem like The Salvation Army checks social security numbers for legal residency status before they’ll allow kids to sign up for Christmas help. Hogwash. Here’s the truth: click here to read the rest of the post.

Posted by Kathy Lovin at the Expect Change blog.

Western Bible Conference

Click Here to be linked to The Salvation Army Western Territory website about the 2010 Western Bible Conference

August 21-26, 2010 at Mount Hermon Conference Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Registration is now open on a first come first served basis. Follow the link above or contact CSM Lily Chin for more information and for the registration form. Space is limited. A $25 non-refundable deposit required by April 15. Rates will depend on the type of room you reserve (deluxe, standard, economy).

Western Bible Conference 2010

Western Bible Conference 2010

Did You Know?

Did you know that in the menu bar, you can click on the top link and not just the buttons that drop down? There is a lot of information on those pages!