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Why should I contribute money or time to The Salvation Army?

First, The Salvation Army has demonstrated its ability to effectively identify and efficiently meet urgent human needs in communities throughout the world for over 120 years.  When you give to us, you know that your money is going to those who need it most.  Second, the people we serve have multiple needs.  The wide range of our programs means that we can deal with the whole person under the umbrella of a single agency.

Are you a social services agency?

No.  The Salvation Army is a religious organization whose mission is to "preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination."  Emergency assistance is provided as an outpour of that mission.

What kind of "army" is The Salvation Army?

The Salvation Army is an "army" of Christians dedicated to fight hunger, homelessness, and meet the needs of people through faith in Jesus Christ.

Why do you still wear those uniforms?

Mainly because it gives us an "open door" to service and because the uniform tells everyone that the wearer is a Christian who will be glad to help.  Also, we've never heard of an Army without a uniform.  Salvationists find that the uniform is not only distinctive, it is practical as well.  Officers wear red epaulets on the uniform and soldiers wear blue epaulets.

What is an officer and what is a soldier in The Salvation Army?

An officer is the person who is in charge of The Salvation Army in the community.  They have gone through extensive two-year training school in which they were commissioned as officers and became ordained ministers.  After being commissioned they receive a rank of Captain.  Based on years of service and promotion, they can receive new ranks such as Major or Colonel.  Soldiers are simply members of the church.  Members can go through soldiership classes and then become enrolled as soldiers of The Salvation Army.

How many people are in The Salvation Army?

There are currently over 1 million soldiers and over 17,000 officers serving in over 123 countries in over 175 different languages. 



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