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The Salvation Army in the Lehigh Valley

Happy New Year from The Salvation Army of the Lehigh Valley. We are very excited about 2014 and the opportunities we have to help so many. With emerging technology and ever increasing need, we have the chance to help get so many people back on track. With the help of our faithful donors, sponsors and volunteers, we plan to assist more people in this new year than ever before.

Whether it’s embracing the homeless, uplifting the abused or abandoned, training and mentoring the disadvantaged, providing character building programs for youth, or assisting the displaced or elderly, The Salvation Army's goal remains the same: serving the most people, meeting the most needs, DOING THE MOST GOOD!

Many people think of the Lehigh Valley as a very prosperous region.  While it is true that there are prosperous areas, the reality is that there is a great need for safety net services right here in our backyard.  Estimates from the U.S. Census' American Communities Survey show that in 2010, for the third year in a row, thousands more Lehigh Valley residents sank beneath the poverty line, even as the U.S. economy showed tentative signs of life.  The growing need for emergency safety net services continues to rise as our needs exceed our resources. 

When you give to The Salvation Army, expect change. Change in the number of teens finding mentors and staying in school. Change in the lives of people devastated by fire and flooding. Change in the violence plaguing our neighborhoods. Change in the lives of families torn apart by drug and alcohol addiction. By addressing the whole person – physically, emotionally and spiritually - The Salvation Army in the Lehigh Valley offers hope and creates change. 

The Salvation Army has been blessed to serve the people of the Lehigh Valley because of the generous support of our donors, volunteers, and community advocates. Through the recent economic challenges, your support has enabled us to continue to serve our neighbors in need 365 days a year. We pride ourselves on the fact that .84 cents of every dollar raised in the Lehigh Valley goes directly into services for the public.

The Facts

LEHIGH VALLEY

  • 40% of all homeless in the Lehigh Valley are children.
  • Over 20% of children living in Bethlehem are living in poverty.
  • The unemployment rate in Easton has risen nearly 5% in the last decade.
  • Approximately 80% of students in the Allentown School District live in low-income households.
  • Many middle class families face financial emergencies from time to time and seek our services. 
  • The US Census Bureau reports that the poverty rate in Allentown is at a staggering estimated 26.4%.
  • 60% of the households who fall under the poverty level in Pen Argyl are represented by married couples.