The Salvation Army has been supporting those in need in the United States for 133 years and Central Arkansas for 118 years. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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. Of every dollar received, 82 cents is used in direct services; locally in Central Arkansas our meager budget of just over $2 million impacted the lives of over 12,000 separate individuals last year.
Even though The Salvation Army is known as the largest social services organization in the world, each Corps stands as an independent unit. This means that each Corps is responsible for determining how to best care for the needs of the community we serve as well as raising the necessary funds for those efforts. The funds committed locally stay in the community except for only a small percentage that goes to cover the costs of support and oversight services. Despite the appearance that we are a large organization, our local annual budget is just over $2 million.
Currently, The Salvation Army’s programs for Central Arkansas include the following: