12 May 2014


For Release:               Monday, May 12, 2014

Contact Info:              Ivy Spohnholz, Director of Development, 339-3432


The Salvation Army kicks off its 61st annual National Salvation Army Week today. The very first National Salvation Army Week was declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower between November 18 and December 4, 1954 as a reminder to Americans that they should give freely of themselves.  President Eisenhower proclaimed, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood…their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all.”

In Alaska, volunteers, donors and beneficiaries will  be recognized and celebrated throughout the week. In 2013, thousands of volunteers contributed over 100,000 hours in community service through The Salvation Army.  Volunteers staff food pantries, visit those in need, read to children and much more year round. So far in 2014, 5,525 donors have contributed over $1.85M to support The Salvation Army’s work to serve those who need it most.

National Salvation Army Week activities in Alaska include:

Anchorage - Gratitude Gathering - Anchorage Corps Community Center, 1701 A Street

Wednesday, May 14th, 5:00-6:30pm,

This open house style event is a donor and appreciation event with opportunities to talk to the people who deliver front line services to those in need. Lim Nou—a former McKinnell House client—will tell the story of his family’s homelessness and how they got back on their feet. For information contact Heidi Franklin at (907) 339-3461 or heidi.franklin@usw.salvationarmy.org.

Angoon – Coffee and Doughnuts at the Ferry Dock

Majors Cathy and John Quinn will be serving coffee and doughnuts at the ferry dock and visiting/greeting those coming and going on the ferry. Stop by to say hi! For information contact Major Cathy Quinn at (907) 788-3234 or Catherine.quinn@usw.salvationarmy.org.

Cordova –Thrift Store fashion show and volunteer recognition event. For information contact Lt. Robbin Swales (907) 424-3134 or robbin.swales@usw.salvationarmy.org.

HoonahThe Hoonah Corps Community Center is celebrating "Heroes of Hoonah," organizations or groups who have contributed to the food pantry this past year including:

Monday: Hoonah City School Student Government

Tuesday: Boys Scout Troop 247, Girls Scout Troop 4018, Lion's Club of Juneau & the Mendenhall Flying Lions Club - all of Juneau

Wednesday: Wings of Alaska "Food for Flight"

Thursday: Hoonah Trading Company & Colette's Cupboard

For information contact Lt. Liane Newcomb, Lieutenant at (907) 945-335 or liane.newcomb@usw.salvationarmy.org.

Juneau - Alaska Donuts and Coffee at the Juneau Family Store

Wednesday, May 14th, 6:30-8:30am, - 439 Willoughby Avenue

In Juneau, The Salvation Army will be giving out Alaska donuts—fry bread with a hole—and coffee for free!

For information contact Lt. Dana Walters at (907) 586-2136 or dana.walters@usw.salvationarmy.org.

About The Salvation Army in Alaska

Since 1898 whenThe Salvation Army began its social service work in Alaska, the organization has grown into one of the largest social service providers in the state. In 2013, The Salvation Army’s Alaska Corps and programs provided:

  • 277,357 meals, 65,576 shelter bed nights
  • 29,384 Toys & Gifts for Children at Christmas
  • visited over 2,051 inmates in jail
  • sent 242 children to King’s Lake Camp
  • Provided residential addiction treatment to over 240 individuals at Clitheroe Center.

In Alaska, The Salvation Army has local Corps Community Centers is in 17 communities including:

Anchorage Corps
1701 C Street
Anchorage Korean Corps
2100 DeArmoun Road
Angoon Corps
925 Killisnoo Road
Cordova Corps Outpost
514 First Street
Fairbanks Corps
1602 10th Avenue
Haines Corps
430 Union Street
Homer Corps
1468 Sterling Highway
Hoonah Corps
259 2nd Avenue
Juneau Corps
439 Willoughby Avenue
Kake Corps
2nd Street
Kenai Corps
201 N. Forrest Drive
Ketchikan Corps
342 Steadman Street  
Klawock Corps
585 Summit
Kodiak Corps
1855 Mission Road
Mat-Su Corps
209 W. Evergreen
Petersburg Corps
106 Fram Street
Sitka Corps
405 Sawmill Creek Road
Wrangell Corps
611 Zimovia Highway

In Anchorage, The Salvation Army operates:

  1. Adult Rehabilitation Center - Housing, counseling, life skills education, spiritual development and work therapy for men who are struggling to overcome substance abuse.
  2. Clitheroe Center – Residential and outpatient addiction treatment
  3. Eagle Crest Transitional Housing for those looking for a hand up as they move towards financial independence.
  4. McKinnell House and Family Emergency Services - 18 room emergency family shelter, case management and food pantry.
  5. Older Alaskans Program – Meals, transporation and light housekeeping for elders and the disabled.
  6. Serendipity Adult Day - Safe, stimulating care five days a week for adults with dementia and other cognitive disorders.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States.

Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.