Released 17 May 2012
Since the late 1800’s, The Salvation Army has been waging war on
poverty in Pennsylvania. Just this past year, statewide, The Salvation
provided more than 1.2 million meals to Pennsylvanians in need and
than 800,000 people through its Worship and Service Centers. And, because the
Pittsburgh-area is more financially stressed than the national average, the
need will only grow larger.
Because of this critical need, coupled with the decline of resources, The
Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Divisional Commander Major William
H. Bode has joined forces with Lt-Colonel Donald W. Lance, Divisional Commander
for The Salvation Army Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division to share
their story with Pennsylvania legislators and officials.
“We are grateful to Lt-Colonel Lance for inviting
us into his Division to share in this valuable opportunity. As a united front,
we can more effectively educate our public servants about our organization and
its many needs and services.”
On Tuesday, May 22, Salvation Army officers and staff from Aliquippa to York
will convene at the state capitol in Harrisburg to share with legislators the
work The Salvation Army is doing to better the lives of thousands of
Pennsylvanians every day. Hundreds of Salvation Army representatives will
participate in morning breakout sessions with their local representatives.
During these meetings, Salvation Army officers and staff will discuss the
challenges in their respective area and describe the important services they
provide to needy families, including food assistance, social services, senior
citizen and youth community programming, emergency disaster services, and much
Mother and child at our Worship & Service Center.
Following the meetings, a special program will be held in the Capitol
rotunda featuring testimonials from individuals assisted by The Salvation Army;
remarks from Salvation Army leaders; and a special presentation from
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley
and numerous state officials are also expected to attend.
“Our goal and hope for the day is to build bridges and
relationships,” explained Major Bode. “We are so busy going about
the business of doing our work, meeting needs of children, adults, and
families, we often don’t take the time to tell our story. Given the
serious nature of our economy and the thousands of families who are struggling,
we feel this is the right time.”