On Thursday, November 19, 2020 Major Terry Israel hosted a live Town Hall Meeting to share exclusive updates on The Salvation Army’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guest speakers on the call included Commissioner Willis Howell, Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, Major Todd Hawks and Major Doris Lawrence. The call was sponsored by One&All.
Participants on the call received an inside look at COVID’s impact on those served by The Salvation Army, as well as the impact on volunteers and employees. Callers were also presented with the biggest challenges to be faced by TSA in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Throughout the duration of the town hall, polls were taken to solicit the opinions of donors on the call. Here’s what our donors had to say:
Q & A
Major Israel and Colonel Bukiewicz answered questions from participants on the call. A summary of that Q & A session has been captured here:
How helpful are monetary donations?
We would not be able to provide the services we do without monetary gifts. While donations of goods help, the need is so much greater. Only monetary gifts can provide the counseling, heat in our shelters, and many more supports we provide. Every gift is important no matter how much is provided, it has an impact.
What is TSA’s relation to government?
Many of our locations have received grants from local, state, and/or federal government sources to assist us in certain aspects of our service to the community. We are independent of the government operating as a non-profit.
How are we helping various demographics during COVID?
Please visit: SEARCH LOCATIONS to search for a specific zip code and view the services offered for that community.
What is TSA doing to support people spiritually?
Every Corp (Church) has an assigned Officer who is ordained. Church services are offered weekly. Our programs are based on the love of God and we are not ashamed to share that with those we serve.
What is the difference between donating locally and nationally?
Unless a donor states otherwise, donations are used in the community where they were raised. Donations made locally support programs in that community. Gifts sent to our National Headquarters will be used in the local zip code of the donor unless the donor tells us to use it for other programs such as World Services.
Donation logistics: deadlines, methods, receipts.
Please visit: WAYS YOU CAN HELP to view more information regarding the various methods that one can donate.
How is TSA assisting the poor and homeless?
There are a variety of services to the poor and homeless offered across the country. Click on this link to see the services we provide: WAYS WE HELP.
When is the best time of year to donate?
Our services are provided every day, all year long, so the best time is when you think it is the best time for you.
What items or services are helpful to TSA? More info about specific needs.
Donations go to the local community and are used for service to that community. Donors can also designate their gifts to a specific program or other communities.
Why do I get communication from various places: local, state, national?
We do try to keep communications local. At times, we know people like to hear from our Territorial leadership or National leadership on key issues.
Does TSA support COVID testing centers?
We have many locations that provide meals and drinks to those working at COVID testing sites.
How is COVID affecting TSA’s operations?
Increased social distancing and other CDC guidelines have been challenging but we have been able to work through them and serve those seeking our assistance. We continue to serve as more and more people come to us for service as their income has been diminished due to lockdowns and loss of jobs.