ALEXANDRIE, Virginia, September 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Salvation Army received a $ 10 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support ongoing emergency response and long-term recovery for those affected by Hurricane Ida from Louisiana in New England and by forest fires in 10 western states. The additional support will be essential for the country’s largest private social service provider, as it meets the needs of communities affected by natural disasters while continuing a multi-year response to COVID-19.
“I have seen with my own eyes the impacts of the recent hurricanes and forest fires, which has shown without a doubt that the needs will continue long after the end of the first responses,” said the Commissioner. Kenneth G. Hodder, National Commander of the Salvation Army United States. “It is with the support of Lilly Endowment that The Salvation Army can provide essential services now and continue with long-term recovery services for those who have lost their homes and livelihoods.”
The grant will help thousands of families in more than a dozen states return home and find stability. The emergency response consisted of responding to the urgent need for food, clean water, safe shelter and essential hygiene supplies. Long-term recovery will focus on various forms of financial assistance, the continued distribution of essential supplies, and disaster management.
The Salvation Army will continue to provide emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders, from response to recovery. All services are provided with additional COVID-19 safety measures to ensure the safety of disaster workers and survivors when in the care of The Salvation Army.
In response to Hurricane Ida, the Salvation Army deployed disaster leadership teams to Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and new York lead emergency relief operations and mobilize more than 55 power units to provide food, drink and emotional and spiritual care to affected communities.
The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Ida on September 17:
- 393,118 meals
- 204,736 drinks
- 104,732 snacks
- 10.128 cleaning kits
- 12,424 hygiene kits
- 3 327 PPE
- 34 962 operating hours
- Emotional and spiritual care for 19,560 people
Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and continue through November 30. The past hurricane seasons have been busier than usual, necessitating an increase in Salvation Army services.
The Western Salvation Army Territory responded to 27 forest fires in 10 states in 2021 with emergency assistance that includes the provision of meals, boxes of food, drinks, snacks, protective gear personal care, hygiene kits, cleaning kits, debit cards, medication and clothing vouchers. and furniture.
The Salvation Army’s response to western wildfires in 10 states as of 08/31:
- 82,728 meals
- 93,546 drinks
- 44,856 snacks
- 602 cleaning kits
- 7,529 PPE & hygiene kits
- 26,727 hours of service
- Emotional and spiritual care for 611 people
The wildfire season in the west lasts six to eight months each year, starting in May and ending in December. The 2021 season wildfires have ranged from small rural incidents that were fully brought under control in a matter of weeks to some of the California the largest forest fires in history, burning for months and threatening densely populated places.
The Salvation Army’s presence in every zip code across the United States, with more than 7,600 operations centers, helps provide assistance before, during and after disasters of all sizes.
“Lilly Endowment has a long history of supporting The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts,” said Ronni kloth, vice-president of the Foundation for Community Development. âWe are thrilled to be able to help The Salvation Army provide compassionate care and support to communities across the country that have been affected by devastating natural disasters.
For more than 70 years, Lilly Endowment has supported The Salvation Army’s efforts to help those in need, most recently amid COVID-19 and natural disasters, including helping low-income families through the countries to break the cycle of poverty thanks to the Pathway of the Hope program.
To learn more about The Salvation Army’s ongoing relief efforts or to donate, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also donate over the phone by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).
About the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army helps 30 million Americans overcome poverty, drug addiction, and economic hardship each year through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for those in need, the Army of the Hi is doing the most good in 7,600 operations centers across the country. In times of disaster, 100 percent of designated donations to The Salvation Army are used for immediate response and long-term efforts. In the very first list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the largest privately funded nonprofit in the country. country. For more information visit Salvation ArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.
About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is a private philanthropic foundation established in 1937 by JK Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and JK Jr. through donations of shares in their pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and Company. Although stock donations remain a financial foundation of the Foundation, it is a separate entity from the company, with a separate board, staff and location. In accordance with the wishes of the founders, it supports the causes of community development, education and religion. It funds important programs throughout United States, especially in the field of religion, although it maintains a special commitment to the hometown of its founders, Indianapolis, and the original state, Indiana.
SOURCE The Salvation Army