SAVANNAH, GA – March 24, 2020 – The Salvation Army, the nation’s largest social services organization with more than 7,600 service locations across the country, is increasing efforts to meet urgent human needs in the greater Savannah community. In response to health concerns regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the organization has modified its service delivery protocols to ensure that the immediate needs of community members, first responders, and government partners are met. At the same time, The Salvation Army Savannah has announced that all of the organization’s family thrift stores in the Georgia Division are closed until further notice in line with public health recommendations.
The closure of thrift shops will be a major loss of much needed income for The Salvation Army Savannah, with the organization typically making approximately $15,000 every week from their four area stores. With the increasing spike in requests which is anticipated to continue over the coming weeks, months, and potentially years, ongoing public support is needed to help ensure that services are available to existing and new vulnerable populations.
While all are impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak, the one in six Americans who are living in poverty will feel the effects quicker and more significantly. The Salvation Army is ensuring that people have access to food, shelter, and desperately needed services, such as childcare, through its nationwide network. This includes drive-through food pickup, community-based food delivery through canteens, and meals at Salvation Army facilities. The organization is also providing snacks and hydration to first responders.
In addition to these services, The Salvation Army Savannah continues to support men in their Work Therapy Rehabilitation Program (CSRC). This program is funded by the community’s donations of furniture, clothing, and household items, which are sold in Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores.
Although the thrift stores are closed, now is a good time to do some spring cleaning. Once stores are able to resume accepting donations, they will do so in earnest. People are being asked to give monetary donations online, by mail, or by phone. For more information about ways to donate, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org/donate-financially/or call 912-200-3004.
“I really don’t know what the next two weeks are going to hold for Savannah, but this community knows that time and time again during disaster, The Salvation Army has and will continue to work hard to meet needs,” said Salvation Army Major Paul Egan. “We’re going to find a way The Salvation Army can make a difference for people that are suffering.”
In the months that follow, The Salvation Army will continue to provide basic needs to the 23 million Americans it already serves, and anticipates it will also serve a new generation of need that is born out of the current pandemic. Anticipated impacts on the economy and workforce will likely force more Americans to seek rental, utility, and other forms of assistance. While the full scope of the pandemic’s economic impact is still unknown, cancelled fundraising events and market volatility elevate the need for public support in order to maintain and grow these efforts.
For more information about The Salvation Army Savannah, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org/savannah/ or call 912-200-3004. To contribute to The Salvation Army’s efforts in the Savannah community, visit www.salarmy.us/covid.
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The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood
PORT WENTWORTH, GA — Friday, March 27, 2020 – The Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce is continuing to support local businesses while its offices are closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This week, the chamber launched a new initiative, titled #Together4PW, to boost economic activity and connect consumers with businesses during these uncertain times.
According to Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Trisha Growe, the campaign reminds residents and consumers that all area businesses’ websites and social media pages are still active. She hopes those who are able will show their support by purchasing gift cards to be used at a later date or goods that can be shipped now. Even those with tight budgets can be helpful by going online and giving businesses a positive review or rating.
Anyone who places an order, gives an online review or shares a businesses’ post is urged to hashtag it #Together4PW, so others can see the initiative taking hold in the online community. The idea is to spur on the campaign as more people realize it’s a simple way to offer support.
In addition, the chamber is has partnered with Coastal Elevated Productions to produce marketing videos that will feature many Port Wentworth businesses and their owners, historic sites, tourism attractions and other unique facets of the community. It will be used in a multitude of ways to support businesses through these uncertain times and into the future – social media and online marketing, presentations, advertising and to tout Port Wentworth’s community to state-level leaders.
“Please support our local businesses that support our community throughout the year. We encourage you to shop local. We’re in this together and our community will see the other side of this pandemic. The chamber is here to support you through these uncertain times. #Together4PW (Together 4 Port Wentworth),” Growe said.
For more information, please visit https://visitportwentworth.com/, call (912) 965-1999, or follow the chamber on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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