12 May 2020





This year’s National Salvation Army Week runs May 11–17. The occasion is The Salvation Army’s way of thanking the volunteers and donors who’ve made the organization one of the world’s largest and most trusted charities.

Last year, thanks to all of our generous donors and more than 5,000 volunteers the Northern New England Division which covers Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont was able to provide a wide array of programs and services that include: food for the hungry, gifts and counsel to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, opportunities for underprivileged children, relief for disaster victims, early childhood learning centers and camping programs for youth.

Currently, The Salvation Army has distributed 241,358 meals to those affected by COVID-19.  Also, the organization has provided hygiene products to individuals and families.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954 as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves, saying, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood.”

As one of the largest charitable and service organization in the world, The Salvation Army has been dispensing aid, without discrimination, to those in need since 1865. Begun by William Booth, a renowned evangelical minister, the Army's first beginnings were in the East End of London. As the Army flourished, it spread to other cities as Booth preached hope and salvation for the desperately poor and downtrodden. The work of The Salvation Army today is still based on the vision of William and Catherine Booth and is motivated by love for God and mankind.

To get involved and make a difference in your community or if you are in need of assistance, please contact your local Salvation Army Officer or call The Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters in Portland, Maine (207) 774-6304.  Please visit http://NNE.SalvationArmy.org