The Salvation Army is a Christian denominational church and an international charitable organization structured in a quasi-military fashion. The organization reports a worldwide membership of over 1.5 million, consisting of soldiers, officers and adherents known as Salvationists. Its founders Catherine and William Booth sought to bring salvation to the poor, destitute and hungry by meeting both their "physical and spiritual needs". It is present in 126 countries, running charity shops, operating shelters for the homeless, and providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to developing countries.The theology of the Salvation Army is mainstream Methodist although it is distinctive in government and practice. The Army's doctrine follows mainstream Christian beliefs, and its articles of faith emphasize God's "saving purposes". Its objects are "the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole."The Army was founded in 1865 in London by one-time Methodist minister William Booth. Originally known as the East London Christian Mission, in 1878 Booth reorganized the mission, becoming its first General and introducing the military structure which has been retained to the present day. The current world leader of The Salvation Army is General André Cox, who was elected by the High Council of The Salvation Army on 3 August 2013. Wikipedia.
News Article | June 2, 2017
"The donut was a simple way to remind soldiers on the front lines of World War I that they had support and encouragement from their country, and these small deeds made a big impact," said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. "In every service The Salvation Army provides, we embrace this same principle and make sure people know that we are a resource for those in need, who will give them a hand up and be a beacon of hope." To commemorate the work of the Donut Lassies and to demonstrate the impact of a small token of kindness, The Salvation Army asked people across the country to submit their own donut designs to be recreated on a real donut and given to a veteran. With the help of Snapchat artist Evan Garber, a select number of designs submitted through Snapchat were replicated on a real donut and given to veterans at The Salvation Army's Carr P. Collins Social Service Center in Dallas, Texas. The veterans at the center work one-on-one with an assigned case manager who helps them achieve goals like saving money, addressing health needs and establishing income. To join in on the fun, share a donut with someone today as a reminder that #GivingIsSweet. Below are a few additional facts about the history of National Donut Day and The Salvation Army: To learn more about National Donut Day and how you can get involved with your local Salvation Army, visit salvationarmyusa.org. About The Salvation Army The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For every dollar donated to The Salvation Army, 82 cents is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-salvation-army-celebrates-100-years-of-the-donut-lassies-300467637.html
News Article | May 31, 2017
About Shipley Do-Nuts Since 1936, the Shipley family donut recipe has withstood the test of time. With more than 60 varieties of delicious do-nuts, pastries, and kolaches made fresh daily and served hot, it's this same simple concept that has continued to bring back multiple generations of loyal customers. Shipley Do-Nuts originated in Houston, Texas where it still maintains its offices and production facility. Today, Shipley Do-Nuts is under the leadership of Lawrence Shipley, III and is rapidly expanding with 285 locations in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The company has plans to reach 400 stores by 2022. For more information, please visit www.shipleydonuts.com or follow the company at www.facebook.com/ShipleyDonuts or www.twitter.com/ShipleyDo_Nuts. About The Salvation Army The Salvation Army operates 7,546 centers in communities across the United States. These include food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and a wealth of children's programs. Their work is funded through kettle donations, corporate contributions, and the sale of goods donated to their Salvation Army Family Stores. Eighty-two cents of every dollar they spend supports their various missions across the country. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/shipley-do-nuts-to-partner-with-the-salvation-army-for-national-do-nut-day-on-june-2nd-300466416.html
News Article | May 23, 2017
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL--(Marketwired - May 23, 2017) - This year, as executive benefits advisory Fulcrum Partners LLC celebrates its 10-year anniversary, the firm is paying tribute to the significant accomplishments of its nationwide team of managing directors. Many of the managing directors at Fulcrum Partners, like David H. Fisher in Columbus, Ohio, have more than twenty-five years of experience providing comprehensive and creative solutions for the design and implementation of nonqualified benefit plans, including deferred compensation, supplemental executive retirement and phantom stock plans. Although David serves clients across the U.S., and divides his time between his homes in Dublin, (Columbus) Ohio and Bluffton, South Carolina, he and his wife Jeanie find time to be actively involved in The Salvation Army, The Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton and Arise Rwanda Ministries. Scaling heights both professionally and personally, David and Jeanie have hiked Kilimanjaro, the Grand Canyon, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and David has an upcoming climb of Mount Rainier. David said, "Accomplishing personal goals and charitable objectives gives me great satisfaction. Understanding how important it is to be able to dream big and then see your dreams come to fruition is no doubt one of the reasons I work so hard to help position my clients to protect, secure and then enjoy the rewards of their hard work." Fulcrum Partners LLC has thirteen offices located across the U.S., from Washington D.C. to Hawaii. You can learn more about the services provided by David Fisher by calling 614-799-1901, or find out more about the entire Fulcrum Partners team at www.fulcrumpartnersllc.com/team. About Fulcrum Partners LLC: Fulcrum Partners LLC (www.fulcrumpartnersllc.com) is one of the nation's leading and largest executive benefit consultancies. Fulcrum Partners is a wholly independent, member-owned firm dedicated to helping organizations enhance their Total Rewards Strategy. Founded in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL in 2007, the company has offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Charleston, South Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Delray Beach, Florida; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Newport Beach, California; Orlando, Florida; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Portland, Oregon; and Washington D.C. Securities offered through Registered Representatives of ValMark Securities, Inc. Member FINRA, SIPC, 130 Springside Drive, Suite 300, Akron, OH 44333-2431, 1-800-765-5201.Investment Advisory Services offered through ValMark Advisers, Inc., which is a SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Fulcrum Partners LLC is a separate entity from ValMark Securities, Inc. and ValMark Advisers, Inc.
News Article | May 26, 2017
A seasonal food service program and full complement of staff provides three healthy meals each day. Through a contract with the Department of Education Summer Food Service Program, free meals are provided to eligible children during all camping sessions. This federally funded Summer Food Service Program provides approximately 9% of the total Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center operating budget, which helps keep the costs at a minimum for those attending. Meals are provided regardless of race, color, national origin, gender or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should contact the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. All children from households that receive food assistance through the DPA Pennsylvania ACCESS Card Program or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are eligible. The family size and income guidelines for free and reduced priced meals are as follows: For information on attending Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center or sponsoring a camper, contact your local Salvation Army Worship and Service Center or the organization's Youth Department at 412 446-1545. Camp Allegheny and Retreat Center can also be reserved in the off season for workshops, reunions or special events. Celebrating over 150 years of global service as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 129 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log on to www.wpa.salvationarmy.org. The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/a-life-changing-experience-for-western-pa-needy-kids--salvation-armys-camp-allegheny-gearing-up-for-summer-season-300464408.html
News Article | June 16, 2017
For more information, contact 619.269.1430 or visit sd.kroccenter.org The USDA Summer Food Service Program Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like The Salvation Army Kroc Center, to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, and to find other approved sites, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer. About The Salvation Army Kroc Center The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is a 12.4-acre family support, education, recreation, and cultural arts center, made possible by a generous gift by the late philanthropist Mrs. Joan Kroc. The facility is open to members and the general public and provides opportunities that facilitate positive, life-changing experiences through: art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery and community service. The Salvation Army Kroc Center's facilities, programs and services bridge the gap between potential and opportunity for children and adults, strengthen individuals and families, and enrich the lives of seniors. Visit sd.kroccenter.org for more information. *In accordance with the Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kids-eat-lunch-free-at-the-salvation-army-kroc-center-this-summer-thanks-to-usda-summer-food-service-program-300475418.html
News Article | May 23, 2017
A man left abandoned as a baby in a cinema toilet 61 years ago has tracked down his siblings with the help of a so-called "DNA detective". But what do they do? "There's an analogy I like to use: I can crack any safe, some will just take longer than others," Julia Bell tells the Victoria Derbyshire programme. She helps people - many of whom have no knowledge of who their parents or siblings are - track down their long-lost relatives. Julia recently helped Robert Weston, who was found in a ladies toilet in an Odeon cinema in Birmingham in 1956, find his half-brothers and sister for the first time. Many of her cases involve American soldiers, or GIs, who were stationed in the UK during World War Two, she says. Indeed, Julia says she is approached by someone who has discovered their father was in fact an American GI about once a month. "More children were fathered by American servicemen than many people imagine," she says. Julia is also currently helping a woman who, as a baby, was left in a box at London's Kings Cross railway station, while another case involves a baby left on a train in 1928. So how does it work? "It starts with a spit test, a DNA test, which I get people to do," Julia says. "That's sent away for testing." She then uses uses three direct-to-consumer DNA databases to cross-reference the data and then the detective work begins. Julia - who currently is not charging clients - says she begins looking at patterns within the database to try and establish matches. She then uses contacts around the world to try to identify relatives - however distant they may be. When Robert Weston contacted her - 61 years after being abandoned in a cinema - he said he "had been searching for a long, long time - 44 years or so" without success. Julia asked him to provide a DNA saliva test and searched on the database in the hope of finding a distant relative. "There will be somebody on there - fourth cousins or something - for nearly everyone out there," she explains. Initially there were more distant matches, but Julia was able to find and test a second cousin. "I asked her if she had any male cousins and she said 'Tommy'," Robert explains. "He agreed to be tested and he turned out to be my half-brother." But he says: "You need a huge dollop of luck with all this." On occasion, it is possible to trace relatives even further back. The Salvation Army's family tracing service has reunited relatives who have been out of touch for more than 80 years. It says it reunites 10 people every single working day, with an 89% success rate. It also protects the privacy of the person being sought by promising it will not pass on personal details unless permission is granted. Julia says while most cases can eventually be solved, a small number will permanently draw a blank. Even then, she says a person can get some information, including an estimate about their ethnicity. But she says as DNA databases increase in size, the odds of closer matches get better all the time. Julia has no genetics background, saying you instead need to be "smart and logical" and know how to work with data. "I have a knowledge of science but my background was in teaching in Singapore," she says. "My mother didn't know who her father was and that's how I got into this, helping to look for her dad." She adds: "I found someone in the states [US] who works in ancestry who helped show me how to do this. "She helped me with seeing the patterns and using my intuition. She put the pieces together and I realised I was good at this. "[My mum] found her father had died four years earlier. But she had a sister and now she's in touch with her family in the south of the US." Where there is a success, she says third parties are "generally" positive when they find out they have relatives they never knew - although cases of abandoned babies can be "very sensitive". "I might not always be the one to break the news, sometimes it could be a social worker." A running theme, however, is that many long-lost relatives - despite their different upbringings - often share habits or interests. "One set of people I matched turned out to both be astrophysicists," she says. Robert Weston and his half-bother Tommy share the same sense of humour, she adds. "It's like they've known each other their whole life." Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel.
News Article | May 23, 2017
John Russell explained, "We saw the market shifting back in 2012, and we wanted to be ahead of the curve, so we decided to rebuild our software from the ground up. We've been blown away with the success of our late 2015 relaunch. We've actually signed up more customers in the last 15 months than in the entire history of the company!" The company's two cofounders, John Russell and Eric Knopf, believe their platform is resonating with customers because of their approach derived from their respective backgrounds. Previously, Russell was a founding partner at a consumer events company and Knopf was the principle of a web development consultancy. The result of their collaboration is a highly powerful and customizable solution. Due to its scalability and flexible set of tools, Webconnex is ideal for small startups, but also large corporate entities. "We give our customers total control over the experience, including everything from branding to layout," noted Knopf. "We also spend a lot of time thinking about making the registration and donation process easy and even fun for the end user." Webconnex has quietly been powering the fundraising and events for some of the world's largest brands including Red Bull, CrossFit, Cisco, Subaru, Tedx, and Vevo, along with nonprofit organizations such as The Salvation Army and Prison Fellowship. Recent articles in publications including Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Inc. have recommended the Webconnex products to create automation and establish powerful brands. Knopf added, "Part of the reason we are relatively unknown is that our software is designed to be custom branded. The spotlight remains on our customers and their brands, not on ourselves." Founded in 2008, Webconnex offers four products to handle ticketing, fundraising, event registration: TicketSpice, RegFox, RedPodium, and GivingFuel. Privately held with a team of less than 20, Webconnex has already processed over $1B for customers. More information is available at www.webconnex.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/small-bootstrap-software-company-becomes-sleeper-hit-passing-1-billion-mark-in-sales-generated-for-customers-300461999.html
News Article | May 25, 2017
It has just been announced that Michael Irwin, Pivotal Homes CEO has just made another $40,000 donation to the Salvation Army – this time, at the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. According to and article in the Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper, the Salvos raised “a staggering $455,000 on the morning”, noting Mchael Irwin along with several other prominent Queensland business owners. The funds will be used by the Salvation Army to help less fortunate residents of Queensland’s Gold Coast, continuing the incredible work the organisation performs every year. Pivotal Homes owner Michael Irwin says they’ve always admired the Salvation Army and the work they do helping to touch so many lives within Queensland’s Gold Coast. He said they’re thrilled to be able to give to an organisation that has given so much to the local community and have helped so many people over the years. “The Salvation Army are just one of those organisations you can’t help but respect. The work they do is truly life changing, and I consider it an honour to be able to give back to the community in this way. It was also encouraging to see so many other businesses contribute to the appeal this year, it was a fantastic result for the Salvos and the people they’ll help.” The article also notes that the people who generously donated to the cause, “don’t do so with the aim of gaining any publicity”. According to the Gold Coast Bulletin article, they “simply enjoy helping less fortunate souls” who rely on the work of the Salvos. Also noted in the article was Adco Construction, Reuben Pelerman Benevolent Foundation, Judy Brinsmead, Sunland, Abedian Foundation and Bob Ell. Michael Irwin said anyone who purchases investment properties from Pivotal Homes will now know they’re not only purchasing a high quality investment product to build their own wealth, but they’re also helping to change the lives of less fortunate Gold Coast residents. Michael Irwin founded Pivotal Homes in 2006 after identifying a gap in Queensland’s investment property market. The company serves property investors, by providing turnkey house & land packages with high quality finishes. Pivotal Homes operates out of its Surfers Paradise headquarters. Click here to learn more about PIvotal Homes: http://PivotalHomes.com.au. Readers can click here for more information about Michael Irwin: http://pivotalhomes.com.au/about-michael-irwin/ For more information, please visit http://pivotalhomes.com.au
News Article | May 10, 2017
RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MAXIMUS (NYSE:MMS), a leading provider of government services worldwide, announced today that the MAXIMUS Foundation has distributed more than $540,000 in grants to 183 nonprofit organizations in 30 states as part of its Spring 2017 grant cycle. As the philanthropic arm of MAXIMUS, the Foundation extends the mission of the Company by partnering with nonprofits that support the same populations and communities served by the public programs the Company operates. MAXIMUS and its employees completely fund the MAXIMUS Foundation, which provides grants to local community organizations with programs and projects in the areas of child and youth development, health and community development. The grants were distributed to the following organizations: Arizona: Childhelp Fresh Start Women's Foundation Maricopa County Community Colleges District Foundation Youth On Their Own California: America On Track CASA of Los Angeles Emilio Nares Foundation Family Health Centers of San Diego Father Joe’s Villages Food For Thought Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Fresh Start Surgical Gifts Hillsides Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership The Illumination Foundation Keaton Raphael Memorial Life Skills Training & Educational Programs Mama's Kitchen Monarch School Project One Warm Coat Pacific Clinics Parents Helping Parents Project Dignity San Diego County Medical Society Streetlights United Through Reading Volunteers of America (N. California & N. Nevada) District of Columbia: Boys Town Washington DC Bright Beginnings Christ House The Fishing School Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena LIFT Mary's Center for Maternal & Child Care National Association of Women Judges Reading Partners The Salvation Army National Capital Area The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts Turning the Page Washington DC Jewish Community Center Young Playwrights' Theater Florida: 4KIDS of South Florida Abilities of Florida The Arc of Palm Beach County Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida Kids House of Seminole New Horizons of SW FL Pinellas Co. Sheriff's Police Athletic League United Against Poverty Louisiana: The Food Bank of Central Louisiana New Orleans Education League of the Construction Industry New York: Abraham House Bailey House Center for Court Innovation/Fund for the City of New York The Children's Village Coalition for the Homeless Community Solutions International Harlem Educational Activities Fund Jewish Union Foundation New York Common Pantry Northfield Community LDC of Staten Island Olmsted Center for Sight Orange County Safe Homes Project Parsons Child and Family Center Reach Out and Read of Greater NY South Bronx Educational Foundation Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley Women's Prison Association YMCA of Greater Rochester South Carolina: The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry EdVenture Lexington Interfaith Community Services Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services Palmetto Project (Begin with Books Program) Texas: Any Baby Can of San Antonio Austin Child Guidance Center Child Advocates Child Protective Services Community Partners Children's Craniofacial Association Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer Dallas Furniture Bank Helping Hand Home for Children Hope House of Corpus Christi Interfaith Family Services Irving Cares Manos de Cristo People's Community Clinic Randy Sams' Outreach Shelter RISE Adaptive Sports The San Antonio AIDS Foundation St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home Vermont: Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County Committee on Temporary Shelter Spectrum Youth and Family Services Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties Virginia: All Ages Read Together The Arc of Northern Virginia Best Buddies International Bethany House of Northern Virginia Britepaths Carpenter's Shelter ChildSavers Fairfax Library Foundation ForKids Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA) Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick-Clarke Light House Studio Loudoun Literacy Council Shelter House United Community Ministries United Methodist Community Outreach Program of Roanoke The Up Center Wisconsin: ArtWorks for Milwaukee Boys & Girls Club of Dane County Pathfinders Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare All Saints Foundation Since 1975, MAXIMUS has operated under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People®, enabling citizens around the globe to successfully engage with their governments at all levels and across a variety of health and human services programs. MAXIMUS delivers innovative business process management and technology solutions that contribute to improved outcomes for citizens and higher levels of productivity, accuracy, accountability and efficiency of government-sponsored programs. With more than 18,000 employees worldwide, MAXIMUS is a proud partner to government agencies in the United States, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit maximus.com.
News Article | May 9, 2017
FRISCO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Showcasing athleticism for a good cause, members of the Dallas Cowboys took to the baseball diamond to bat for charity at the sixth annual Reliant Home Run Derby. For the first time, the annual competition was open to the public and nearly 3,000 fans filled Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas, to cheer as their favorite players raised $50,000 for the Gene and Jerry Jones Family North Texas Youth Education Town of The Salvation Army Arlington. “Watching the Dallas Cowboys step up to the plate each year to support The Salvation Army is one of our favorite ways to give to the Dallas-Fort Worth community,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant. “Welcoming public spectators this year gave us an even greater appreciation for our local communities, and we look forward to growing this annual tradition for everyone to enjoy.” Cowboys trading their shoulder pads for baseball cleats included Jason Witten, Sean Lee, Byron Jones, Zack Martin, Jeff Heath, Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Terrance Williams, Dez Bryant, Orlando Scandrick, Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. Pitches were thrown by Mike Weatherford and Chad “Gator” Haag, and baseball players from Frisco’s nine high schools shagged balls. The National Anthem was performed by Captain Shelley Hood from The Salvation Army. Joining and participating in the special event were the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Rowdy the Dallas Cowboys Mascot, The Salvation Army Mascot Captain Kettle, and the Cowboys’ official drumline Rhythm and Blue. Coach Garrett was explosive at the plate and crowned the 2017 Reliant Home Run Derby champion, hitting a total of seven home runs and raising $4,900. Coming in a close second at the friendly competition was Jason Witten, totaling six homers and raising $4,800. “Our players look forward to the Reliant Home Run Derby every year, it’s such a fun and meaningful way for partners like Reliant and The Salvation Army to come together for our community. Having our local fans join us made the occasion even more special for all involved,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, Cowboys executive vice president and chief brand officer. “Last year, Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott were rookies shagging balls, this year it was great to see them taking swings for a great cause!” Reliant supports local communities through volunteerism, charitable giving and partnerships with a variety of organizations, and in 2016 donated more than $650,000 to different causes. Last year’s Reliant Home Run Derby also raised $50,000 for The Salvation Army, and over the course of six years the event has raised more than $400,000 for different charities and nonprofits. Reliant brings electricity, smart energy solutions and home services to business and residential customers across Texas. Reliant is part of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), a Fortune 200 company that is at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. Backed by a diverse portfolio of nearly 140 power generating facilities that can support millions of homes and businesses nationwide, NRG’s retail companies, including Reliant, deliver electricity and home security services and serve almost 3 million customers in 10 states and the District of Columbia. NRG retail brands collectively are the largest providers of electricity in Texas. For more information about Reliant products and services, please visit reliant.com and connect with Reliant on Facebook at facebook.com/reliantenergy and Twitter @ReliantEnergy. PUCT Certificate #10007.