What do you think of when you think of The Salvation Army? A bell, a red kettle, an angel tree or perhaps a thrift store? Those things are a part of The Salvation Army, but it is not who we are. The Salvation Army State College Corps is a place of hope and encouragement for those living in Centre County. We are concerned and interested in the spiritual, moral and physical well-being of others.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination.
Living everyday life without hope can only bring a sense of emptiness and despair. Therefore, The Salvation Army assistance and programs are available to the residents of Centre County who are in emergency and crisis situations. The Salvation Army helps to serve the “neediest of the needy.”
The Salvation Army provides emergency and crisis assistance to families who need help paying their rent, heat and utilities. In addition to emergency assistance, The Salvation Army offers Christmas assistance and back-to-school programs, and we send children 7 to 12 years old from low-income families to The Salvation Army Camp Ladore in Waymart.
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The Salvation Army State College Corps has the following volunteer opportunities available:
• Committee member, who serves in program and fiscal capacities.
• Volunteer bell ringers
The work and ministry of The Salvation Army would not be possible without the support of local volunteers and donor support. Last year, The Salvation Army State College Corps helped about 850 families and 2,411 people with emergency/crisis assistance and programs.
On Oct. 1, envoys Betty Ellen and Derek Barrett were appointed at The Salvation Army State College Corps to serve as officers and pastors. In addition to its social services and programs, The Salvation Army holds church services welcome to everyone at 11 a.m. Sundays. And in January, it will begin begin music and voice lessons for children, Bible study, women’s ministry and youth programs.
Anyone interested in more information can contact The Salvation Army at 861-1785.