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The Salvation Army #GivingTuesday Information

The Salvation Army #GivingTuesday Information

Giving Tuesday Facts

The Salvation Army of Austin is proud to be a part of the on-line Giving Tuesday on November 28, a day following the shop-happy holidays of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday has become a charitable movement powered by the people. Let’s make a difference for our neighbors in need.

Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate Giving Tuesday. Since its founding in 2012, Giving Tuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours and activities that bring about real change in communities.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate the generosity of our donors.

Giving Tuesday inspires people to take actions to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world.

Salvation Army Austin is helping people move from crisis to self-sufficiency right here in our community 365 days a year.

  • Last year The Salvation Army sheltered 3,000 people in Austin,
    providing almost 149,000 nights of shelter
  • …and 450,000 meals right here in our community.

We are only able to do this because of community support, and we invite everyone to give today – make a donation that is meaningful for you, and together we can give people in our community a hand up for a better future. We also invite people to volunteer to ring a bell – lots of shifts still open! Or play music at a red kettle – whatever music you play whether you’re a school group, a singer-songwriter, or you just love to play the spoons! Come make music at a red kettle.

People can help by making an online donation at SalvationArmyAustin.org and clicking on the Giving Tuesday banner on the homepage.

How can people help?

Make an online donation HERE and click on the Giving Tuesday banner on the homepage. Visit the Volunteer page of our website to sign up to ring a bell, volunteer at our Angel Tree warehouse, or play an instrument or sing at one of our Red Kettles. Volunteers are still needed!

The Salvation Army – Facts

  • We are the largest provider of services to women and children experiencing homelessness in Austin.
  • We are helping local Veterans get into safe housing
  • We are ensuring that children in need receive gifts and new clothes for Christmas
  • Our faith-based mission calls us to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
  • We have been doing this in Austin for 128 years. People who come to us are served according to their need and our capacity to help.
  • The Salvation Army Austin social services programs are designed to break the cycle of chronic homelessness by assisting people experiencing poverty or homelessness to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.
  • Every year in Austin, there are 119,218 number of bed nights and 473,934 meals served.
  • In 2016, 73% of those sheltered in Salvation Army emergency shelters in Austin were women and children. This is the fastest growing segment of Austin’s homeless population and is a crisis for our prosperous community.
  • On any given day, there are about 250 women and children living in Salvation Army emergency shelters in Austin and 300 to 500 women and children on the waiting list.
  • Here in the Austin area, we will serve tens of thousands of people this year.
  • The Salvation Army not only provides food and shelter but also a hand up to enable those experiencing homelessness to move toward self-sufficiency (safe housing and improved employment)
    • 74-81% of case managed people exit to safe housing
    • 74-77% of employment services participants improved their employment status or financial status
  • Serves local children and families 365 days a year and cannot do it without community support.
  • The Salvation Army is the largest provider of services to women and children experiencing homelessness in our community
  • You can count on The Salvation Army to Do The Most Good with your donations.  Money raised locally stays local.  Your gift to The Salvation Army of Austin will be used now and throughout the year to support The Salvation Army’s services in Travis and Williamson counties.
  • The Salvation Army Austin not only provides food and shelter but also helps families move from crisis to self-sufficiency

Rita Ballou

November 28th, 2017

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