6,000 Free Donuts in honor of National Donut Day

This Friday, June 3 beginning at 7:00 am until they run out, The Salvation Army is giving away more than 6,000 FREE donuts at 5 Metrorail stops in downtown DC during the morning rush to celebrate National Donut Day. Stop by and grab a tasty treat on your way to work!

Metrorail locations for FREE Donuts on June 3:

Capital South
First & C Sts. SE

Metro Center
NE corner 12th and G Sts. NW

Foggy Bottom
NW corner 23rd & I Sts. NW

L’Enfant Plaza
Exit – D St. between 6th & 7th Sts.

Union Station
East side of First St., NE and entrance to Amtrak Terminal
(under pavilion, In front of Metro Escalator outside of Chipotle)

About National Donut Day

The Salvation Army first celebrated the first National Donut Day in Chicago in 1938 to help the
needy during the Great Depression and to commemorate the work of the “donut lassies” who
served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

In 1917, The Salvation Army began a mission to provide spiritual and emotional support for U.S. soldiers fighting in France during World War I. About 250 volunteers traveled overseas and set up small huts located near the front lines where they could give soldiers clothes, supplies and, of course, baked goods.
After discovering that serving baked goods would be difficult considering the conditions of the huts and the limited rations, two volunteers – Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance – began frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets. These tasty treats boosted morale and won the hearts of many soldiers.
Nicknamed “donut lassies,” the women who served donuts to troops are often credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when the troops (nicknamed “doughboys”) returned home from war.
The donut now serves as a symbol of all the social services The Salvation Army provides to those in need. The Salvation Army still serves donuts, in addition to warm meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.

National Donut Day occurs on the first Friday of June.


On-going Volunteer Opportunities in D.C.

Area Command Main Office:

  1. Development Department Assistant
  2. IT Intern
  3. Major Gifts Assistant

Please click here to learn more about the above volunteer opportunities at the National Capital Area Command.

Turning Point:

  1. Childcare Assistant
  2. Custodial Assistant
  3. Job Readiness Instructor
  4. Legal Adviser
  5. Outfit an apartment with new supplies.
  6. Paint an apartment so a new family can move in.
  7. Provide pro-bono healthcare services to families.

Please click here to learn more about the above volunteer opportunities at Turning Point.

Grate Patrol:

  1. Help cook and serve dinner to the homeless by volunteering with our mobile meal program
  2. Host a donation drive (clothing, shoes or toiletries) that will benefit our Grate Patrol friends

Please view our Grate Patrol One-Pager, to learn more about the above volunteer opportunities with the Grate Patrol program.

Harbor Light Center:

  1. Clinical Assistant Intern
  2. Community Gardener
  3. Computer Lab Assistant
  4. Fitness Instructor
  5. Health Instructor
  6. Interior Painting Group
  7. Job Readiness Instructor
  8. Life Coach
  9. “Share-Your-Hobby” Instructor
  10. Tutor

Please click here to learn more about the above volunteer opportunities at Harbor Light Center.

Sherman Avenue Corps:

  1. Food Giveaway Assistant
  2. Meal Program Assistant
  3. Music Instructor

Please click here to learn more about the above volunteer opportunities at Sherman Avenue Corps.

Solomon G. Brown (SGB) Corps:

  1. Childcare Assistant
  2. Homeless Outreach Assistant
  3. IT Instructor
  4. Kitchen Assistant
  5. Nursing Home Visitor
  6. Performing Arts Instructor
  7. Tutor
  8. Youth Program Leader or Assistant

Please click here to learn more about the above volunteer opportunities at the Solomon G. Brown Corps.

Contact Information:

Angela Soriano
Volunteer and Donation Drive Manager
Office: 202-756-3906

Divisional and Regional Headquarters will Remain in DC

The Salvation Army announced plans to keep its National Capital and Virginia Division and National Capital Area Command headquarters offices where they currently are – at 2626 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in downtown Washington, DC.  The announcement came earlier this week by the new Divisional Commander, Lt. Colonel Mark H. Israel, during an employee assembly.

“The Salvation Army has been approached several times within the last two years about selling this property,” said Lt. Col. Mark Israel. “While we carefully evaluated each inquiry, after much consideration, we determined it was in The Salvation Army’s best interests to keep our headquarters right where they are.”

“This is welcome news,” said National Capital Area Commander Major Lewis R. Reckline, who noted that several factors went into the decision to stay at our Foggy Bottom location.  “We believe maintaining our headquarters within the District of Columbia is the right thing to do. The Salvation Army history in the nation’s capital is strong. It’s a relationship that dates back about 135 years.”

Major Reckline also noted that staying in the District of Columbia is mutually beneficial for both, the National Capital Area Command and National Capital and Virginia Division, since the two share office space. Approximately 60 employees and officers work out the five-story office building located in the Foggy Bottom section of the city.

“We are grateful to have a strong presence here in the nation’s capital and for the support we receive from the community every day,” said Major Reckline. “The Salvation Army feeds and shelters those individuals and families in the most need.”

Starting Over: Greg’s Story

When Greg moved to DC in 2012, he was completely sober. He found a job managing a restaurant, which is what he was trained to do, and life was good. But, being around alcohol in the restaurant led him to fall into old habits: drinking and drugs. When he found himself getting into trouble, he knew it was time to get help. He entered Harbor Light for a 90-day stay.

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“They prepare you with the best tools to be successful.” [/quote]

Greg was no stranger to The Salvation Army when he entered Harbor Light, our addiction treatment facility in Northeast DC. He had struggled with addiction before and had previously participated in the Adult Rehabilitation Center through The Salvation Army in Phoenix. After graduating from the Arizona ARC, Greg was offered a job with The Salvation Army helping other addicts through their time of need. He was able to use his own experiences to help others.

When someone first suggested Greg go to The Salvation Army for help, he didn’t understand why. “I’m not homeless; I don’t need a shelter,” he said. In the years since, he has learned The Salvation Army is much more than that. “They prepare you with the best tools to be successful,” he said. He explained the staff at Harbor Light is there because they are committed to helping others. “The help comes from a very genuine place,” he describes.

Having the experience of helping others with their addiction allows Greg to look at Harbor Light with a keen eye and take advantage of all the opportunities provided. When he’s not in class, Greg enjoys playing basketball with the other guys, reading books from the library, and attending church services. With only a little time left of his stay, Greg says he is ready and feels prepared to graduate the program and move on with his life.

He focuses on recognizing similarities between him and the other clients, rather than looking at differences. Unlike some of the others staying at Harbor Light, Greg grew up in good home with many opportunities. He says his story shows how addiction can affect anyone, regardless of race, economic status, or other factors.

The many services The Salvation Army provides, such as Harbor Light, wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations we receive from the community. Donations help us continue to keep doing the most good in our neighborhoods.

Greg says his current stay at Harbor Light has helped re-direct him to the path he was on before and helped show him the way to recovery. He is grateful for the positive influence The Salvation Army has had on his life.

Grand Opening at Harbor Light joins Philanthropy & Community Together

The Salvation Army opened the doors to the brand new $1.2M George Wesley and Harlene Buchanan Education Wing at the Harbor Light Center in Northeast DC. The new education center promises to enhance greatly the transformational work happening every day at the 18-year-old facility, and paves the way for Harbor Light to fill all 136 beds at the facility. The fifth floor space was previously unfinished.

National Capital Area Commander Major Lewis Reckline said, “The new Buchanan Education Wing provides much needed space for additional classrooms and office in a place where our community’s men and women who are struggling to overcome addiction can get the help they need to heal and move forward with their lives. The Salvation Army is extremely grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan for their kindness and generosity, and for helping our neighbors in need.”

The George Wesley and Harlene Buchanan Education Wing has new offices where Harbor Light’s skilled staff provides ongoing case management to clients at every level of recovery.

Established in 1997, the 136-bed Harbor Light Center provides residential and outpatient comprehensive substance abuse treatment to men and women, with support services for homeless individuals. More than 1,000 local residents received life-changing assistance last year to get their lives back on track.