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The Salvation Army - Waynesboro

Mission: The mission of The Salvation Army is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Community Need: According to DATA USA, 18.3% of the population in Waynesboro, VA (20,780 people) live below the Federal Poverty Line (FPL), a number that is higher than the national average of 14.7%. The largest demographic living in poverty are females aged 18-24, followed by males under five and then females between 25-34 years old.    Youth who live in poverty for half of their adolescence are 32 times more likely to stay there; 42% of children born to parents in the bottom fifth of income distribution remain at the bottom. The impact of intergenerational poverty is seen, most acutely, in children, as over one half of those adults who were poor in childhood currently live at or below the FPL.  So many available jobs pay minimum wage, which simply is not enough to live.  The Salvation Army is committed to bettering the lives of people entrenched in poverty. In addition to attending to families’ immediate needs, they want to eliminate the substructures of poverty in their lives by opening doors to opportunity, building community alliances to expand access to resources to create transformational change for parents and their children.

Primary Activities: The Waynesboro Corps of The Salvation Army provides services based on the needs of the community. Currently, the Emergency Social Services Program provides material, financial, and emotional support to local residents in crisis. For clients in need of more life changing, long term support, The Salvation Army provides the Pathway of Hope.  This program is open to families interested in breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

Constituents Served: The Salvation Army, Waynesboro Corps serves the residents of Waynesboro and eastern Augusta County.  Any individual or family in financial crisis is eligible for services. If there is a need that the Army cannot fill, staff members refer to other agencies and organizations.

Program Details:  The Salvation Army in Waynesboro requests funds to support the interior painting of the Corps Community Center.  The Social Services offices are located there and see at least fifty people per week visit in need of services.  The classrooms and offices are used daily with community and committee meetings being held there weekly.  The Angel Tree applications are taken at the facility.  Christmas distribution is done there with hundreds of families entering the building throughout the fall.

The building was built in 1998. It includes 20,000 square feet of wall space that needs to be painted.  In 2012, volunteers completing a service project painted three offices and the hallway, but the building is in tremendous need of paint in the classrooms, office, and other common areas.  Because of the large number of people visiting the building, the walls are dingy, scraped, and dirty.  Painting the building would update, clean, and maintain the spaces.  Over the years, the Advisory Board has done a great job in helping to raise funds for the programs and services of The Salvation Army in Waynesboro.  Capital projects are always put on the back burner due to fiscal concerns, but because the building is utilized for every single program, it has become necessary to paint the interior of the building.

Amount Requested: $10,000

Operating Budget: $594,714

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