ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Nov. 27, 2023) — The Salvation Army, the nation’s largest private provider of social services, is asking the public for support this Giving Tuesday. The organization, which has a presence in nearly every ZIP code in the country, relies on donations from the public to support life-changing programs for nearly 24 million people in the United States each year.
In 2022, The Salvation Army saw requests for assistance increase anywhere from 10% to 40% in some communities. This year, based on the rise of evictions over the past 11 months, the organization expects the number of requests for assistance could increase another 13% or more. Despite rising operational expenses, The Salvation Army remains committed to its mission to meet human needs without discrimination, no matter the cost.
“Every day, millions of families struggle to make ends meet. Whether it’s a single parent who needs child care while they are working or an individual who just needs a safe place to sleep, every person deserves to have their basic needs met,” said Commissioner Kenneth Hodder, national commander of The Salvation Army. “At The Salvation Army, people who come to us for assistance are served according to their needs and our capacity to help. That’s only possible thanks to the generosity of our donors.”
Last year, donations to The Salvation Army helped the organization to:
With the depletion of federal aid programs, the organization expects nongovernmental providers of social services will be in greater demand. One study by The Century Foundation found that the end of pandemic-era funding for child care will impact 3 million children, making fundraising even more critical this year.
“When you give to The Salvation Army this Giving Tuesday, you make a difference in millions of lives across the nation and in your community,” said Hodder. “However you choose to give, if you drop a donation at a Red Kettle or adopt an Angel from our Angel Trees, we thank you for loving your neighbors this Giving Tuesday and beyond.”
The following options are available for those wishing to support their neighbors in need:
Visit SalvationArmyUSA.org to learn more about ways to support and give this holiday season.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army helped nearly 24 million people in 2023 overcome poverty, addiction, and spiritual and economic hardships by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting human needs in His name without discrimination in nearly every zip code. By providing food, shelter, eviction prevention assistance, emergency disaster relief, rehabilitation, after-school and summer youth programs, spiritual enrichment, and more, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at nearly 7,000 centers of operation around the country. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on X @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.