SGB Hosts United Way NCA Day of Action 2012
The Salvation Army’s Solomon G. Brown Corps Community Center, located in Anacostia-Southeast DC, was the host location on June 21 for the United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) 2012 Day of Action. The United Way dedicated the time to wrapping up it’s inaugural Shoebox Project. Through this initiative, the group will give more than 2,000 shoeboxes filled with essential personal care and emergency preparedness items to 24 member non-profits including The Salvation Army’s Turning Point Center for Women and Children. During the warm summer months, donations to area pantries fall making it more difficult for organizations to meet the need of those most in need.
“The Shoebox Project offers a creative and compassionate way for caring communities to get vital items into the hands of individuals and families who are homeless or are struggling to simply pay the rent and electric bill each month,” said United Way NCA President and CEO Bill Hanbury.
United Way NCA and it’s young professionals group, United Way NCA Emerging Leaders, launched the region’s first Shoebox Project this spring to meet the basic needs of the elderly, homeless and veterans. These are all groups The Salvation Army serves through its work across the National Capital Area. Between April and June, area residents, community groups, and local organizations and business in DC, Northern Virginia and nearby Maryland suburbs collected empty shoe boxes, filled them with travel size toiletries, band aids, sunblock, socks, rain ponchos, small flashlights with extra batteries, prepaid phone cards and more. Then, the boxes were decorated and taken to local drop-off locations. The program is similar to one launched in Atlanta 5 years ago.
Turning Point Center, The Salvation Army’s transitional housing program located in the heart of Northwest DC, will received a share of the shoe boxes soon and give them out to the young mothers and their families who are enrolled in the 2 year program. The program is meeting the need by preventing these women from becoming homeless through education and life skills training.
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