National Donut Day


In 1938, the first-ever National Donut Day was celebrated in Chicago, and the history of The Salvation Army’s Donut Lassies was officially immortalized. The Donut Lassies were sent to France in 1917 where they established field bases near the front lines. These huts served as locations where soldiers could stock up on essential goods and snag a treat or two provided by the lassies. When it became apparent that baking was going to be difficult to continue during war time, two volunteers – Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance – began frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets. Their work brought a light of hope and happiness to the battlefield – a much-needed boost for soldiers who had been there for ages.

The “Donut Lassies” are now often credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when the troops (commonly known as “doughboys”) came back from fighting in Europe. Over a hundred years later, The Salvation Army is still serving on the front lines, now through a wide range of social services for the most vulnerable Americans.

Make Your Own “Donut Lassie” Donuts!


Yield: 2 dozen donuts

  • 1 large egg
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 tablespoon salt
  • 7/8 cup milk
  • 1/2 tub lard (because it is no longer 1917, we actually recommend using healthier options like vegetable or coconut oil)
  1. Combine all ingredients (except for oil) to make dough.
  2. Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out donut circles, be creative! Salvation Army Donut Lassies used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)
  3. Drop the rings into the oil, making sure the oil is hot enough to brown the donuts gradually. Turn the donuts slowly several times.
  4. When browned, remove donuts and allow excess oil to drip off.
  5. Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.

Northwest Arkansas Echelon Chapter

Echelon seeks to mobilize the next generation for The Salvation Army by providing opportunities for young adults to engage with the organization through fellowship and networking, donations and fundraising, and service and volunteering.

Echelon is the emerging professionals arm of The Salvation Army. Our community is serious abut having fun while addressing some of today’s most pressing issues within Northwest Arkansas.

Echelon members participate in a variety of networking, volunteering, and fundraising activities. Fundraising and volunteering activities directly support Salvation Army services within Northwest Arkansas.

For more information about Echelon, visit or email to see how you can get involved!


A Success Story

A lot of people have misconceptions about homelessness. Words such as “lazy” and “careless” come to mind. Many people that come through our shelter and seek out help don’t fall into these categories. Most cases of homelessness are caused by life events such as a death or medical illness. They find themselves in this situation scared and alone, but that’s where The Salvation Army can help.

Debra Roland went through several medical traumas before coming to The Salvation Army, each being triggered by a loss of a loved one, including her son and her sister. These episodes sometimes turned violent, not only to other people, but to herself as well. In August of 2018, she was admitted to Vantage Point. “There’s a lot I don’t remember,” Roland said. “It’s blank. I turned into a different person and that’s not who I want to be.” Later in November, she was released and taken to The Salvation Army Shelter in Fayetteville. She was given a bed upon arrival and later was connected to social services where she met Dawn, her caseworker. “Being homeless is scary,” Roland added. “I didn’t know what I was going to do.”
Housing is hard to come by in the NWA area. The wait list is anywhere between 9 months to 2 years so other areas were sought out such as Berryville and Eureka Springs. Debra Roland filled out multiple documents and wait list applications with her caseworker. “It was psychologically exhausting,” Roland said.

Finally, she got the message she was eagerly waiting for. A hotel in Eureka Springs gave her a room and was moved in early March. Roland is still on a waiting list for her own place, but this hotel room serves as secure housing during the interim. She now has reestablished her disability, is interviewing for jobs and has connected with locals in the community, even having Rumi game nights.

“I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I can finally sleep knowing I’m on the right track.” Roland said. “My experience with The Salvation Army was positive. They helped me get back on my feet and I’m so grateful.”

Fayetteville, AR — Golfers can grab their gear and hit the course on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 for The 9th Annual Salvation Army Golf for Good Tournament, benefitting The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas.

This year’s tournament will be held at Paradise Valley Golf Course, located at 3728 Old Missouri Rd, Fayetteville. Proceeds will help The Salvation Army of NWA continue to provide needed services to our local community. During 2017, we provided more than 24,000 nights of shelter, served 106,000 meals, ensured that 2,200 kids received Christmas gifts, and celebrated as 17 men graduated from our addiction recovery program. Our 2018 Golf Tournament is not just about golf but is also a key part of meeting the needs here in NWA.

“A large portion of this year’s golf tournament will help us provide additional Emergency Shelter space for our community. This is a growing need that we are working to help meet. Every day, we receive calls from people in need of food and shelter but our space is limited. As we look toward 2019, we want to be a place where people can turn when they need it most,” shared Captain Joshua Robinett, NWA Area Commander. “Through a simple game of golf, you can be part of making a difference. We are excited to host our 9th annual tournament this fall and are inviting everyone to join us in ‘Doing the Most Good.'”

This year’s tournament will include the option of a morning or afternoon flight. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at  8 a.m. or 1 p.m. Prizes will be provided for the top teams for the morning and afternoons. Pre-registration is required. The entry fee is $600 for a four-person team. Entry fees include player gift bags, greens fees, a cart, breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages.

Find more details and learn about sponsorship opportunities online at

For more information or to register, call 479-521-2151.

Ribbon Cutting

On Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10 AM, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas will host a ribbon-cutting for its new Client-Choice Food Pantry located in Fayetteville, AR. This new style of pantry will begin serving clients on June 1, 2018 as part of a summer initiative in partnership with Fayetteville Public Schools.

All are invited to attend the ribbon cutting as we celebrate this new opportunity.

This pilot program will allow families to select breakfast and lunch items to help feed kids during the summer months. For 11 weeks, FPS families, who signed up through the school district, who qualify for free and reduced lunches are invited to “shop” the pantry every Friday at no cost. The Salvation Army Client-Choice Food Pantry will be open Friday, June 1 through August 10 from 9 AM – 12 PM and 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Volunteers and staff will help in the shopping experience. Learn more about our pantry and find out how you can help. 

The opening of this pantry has included a complete remodel of our warehouse space, the installation and addition of refrigeration coolers and shelving, plus increased food supplies. With support from the Walmart Foundation, the NWA Food Bank, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Fayetteville Public Schools, and many volunteers, we have designed a program that will help meet the needs of hungry families in our community. Additionally, this pantry will provide for clients throughout the week by appointment. The pantry will be housed in our  Activity Center building located at 219 W 15th street, Fayetteville, AR.

WHOAll Media Outlets & Community Members

WHAT: Fayetteville Food Pantry Ribbon Cutting & Tour

WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM

WHERE: The Salvation Army Area Command | Fayetteville
219 W. 15th St, Fayetteville, AR 72701

WHY: Our summer program will provide food for 62 families and a total of 163 children.

For questions about volunteering or for an interview please call 479-521-2151 or 479-283-5314 or email us at

Client-Choice Food Pantry & Summer Program

Kids, parents, teachers and really everyone looks forward to Summer – taking a swim at the local pool, heading to camp, enjoying some time off, and simply changing up the routine. And while Summer is often a highlight, it can also be a challenge for families and kids who are short on food.

To help meet the needs of our community, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas has partnered with Fayetteville Public Schools (FPS) to identify and provide meals for kids who are home during the summer months. Our new client-choice Food Pantry in Fayetteville will officially open Friday, June 1 at 9 am. FPS families, who signed up through the school district, will have the opportunity to “shop” the pantry every Friday for 11 weeks at no cost.

This is the first client-choice Food Pantry for The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas and it offers a whole new way to think about food insecurity. “We are excited to begin providing food for families in this way. Often families are given a box of food but the items inside may not fit their needs in the best way,” said Captain Josh Robinett, NWA Area Commander. “By opening a client-choice food pantry we are giving families dignity and caring for their needs on a more individualized basis. This helps us love and care for the people of our community even more.”

The Salvation Army Client-Choice Food Pantry will be open every Friday, June 1 through August 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The pantry will be housed in our  Activity Center building located at 219 W 15th street, Fayetteville, AR. Each week the pantry will be stocked with food options that kids and families can easily prepare for breakfast and lunch. Additionally, this pantry will provide for Washington County clients throughout the week by appointment.

This project would not be possible without support from the Walmart Foundation, the NWA Food Bank, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Fayetteville Public Schools, and many volunteers. Together, we have been able to develop a summer program that will meet the needs of hungry families in our community. During the past three months, our team has worked to create this new shopping space. The project has included a complete remodel of our warehouse, the installation and addition of refrigeration coolers, lighting and shelving, plus the addition of many new food products – which will be added throughout the summer.

As we begin this new program, we are looking for volunteers to help stock the pantry and serve as shopping assistants each Friday.
If you’d like to help in this way, please sign up for a shift here, or give us a call. If you would like to donate funds for our summer pantry program, text NWAFOOD to 41444 or click here.

For more questions, please contact us at 479-521-2151 x 103, email

Help Provide Ice

Every day of the year we serve an evening meal and recently our ice machine broke – beyond repair. This means we’re in the process of purchasing a new machine that can help people stay cool and hydrated. This ice machine is used daily for breakfast, lunches, dinner, snacks and special events and activities at our Fayetteville location. We’re hoping to have 10o people give $28 to help over the cost of a new machine!

Click here to make a donation or text NWAICE to the number 91999.

Also this summer we will be handing out free fans to our community. We currently have 5o fans on hand to provide to people in need. If you’d like to also donate to $10 for the purchase of a fan for families. You can do this the same way.

Learn more about our shelters here.


Whether you are an individual or a group, we can find the perfect spot for you to volunteer with the Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas. Find a list of opportunities here

 For questions, ideas, details and group project request, please contact our NWA Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Brown at 479.521.2151 ext.103 or by email:

Providing Hope & Healing Through Recovery

The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas’ Rehabilitation program offers men an opportunity to rebuild, recover, and refocus their lives. By making Christ the center of their lives and everyday decisions, individuals find a path
of hope and healing. After a six-month process men are prepared to reenter society free of alcohol and drug dependence.

“At the age of 19 I was a drug addict facing 15 years in prison but given the option to be part of Salvation Army Recovery Program. While in recovery I found God and hope for my life. There’s a different man here today and I love who I have become.”  — James, 2017 Graduate

Program Requirements
This program is open to men who are in need of recovery and have a desire to change.
There is no cost* for this 6-month program.

•  Complete ARC Application
•  Provide Photo I.D.
•  Take a TB test ($15)
•  Substance Free Living Commitment
•  Living on-site for 6 months
•  No overnight stays for first 90 days
•  Attend classes, therapy and worship
•  Work for the Salvation Army
•  Program is currently open to men ages 18 – 65.


If you would like to know more about this program, please contact Greg Chambers at 479-521-2151.

A Happy Heart & Home

I am back on my feet now, February 2018” were the opening lines of a Valentine’s Day card we received at the Salvation Army offices just a few days before the holiday. Our hearts filled with joy seeing these words from a woman who spent time at the Salvation Army shelter during the summer of 2017. “I so appreciate your wonderful staff and ministry. You gave me shelter, food and encouragement when I was homeless for eight days in July. You were a God-send,” our guest shared.

It is moments like these that remind us of the why behind what we do. By providing a shelter bed, a warm meal, and encouragement to people in immediate need, we can be a resource and a place to where people discovery hope. This guest is just one of many during the past year who have been able to move from emergency shelter to a permanent home. During 2017, in Fayetteville alone, we were able to help 183 people find housing.

This Valentine’s Day as you sit down to enjoy an evening meal, we hope you will take a moment to think about and pray for people who might be waiting for a place to call home. Today our hearts are full as we continue to see the hope that our emergency shelters can provide.