The Salvation Army began in London in 1865.

The Salvation Army didn’t become The Salvation Army until William Booth, its founder, adopted the name in 1878.

By 1880 The Salvation Army was working in the U.S., Europe, India, Australia and South America.

The first Salvation Army missionary hospital opened in 1901.

During World War II, The Salvation Army led the formation of the national United Service Organization in 1941. USO was created to serve the religious, spiritual and educational needs of the men and women in the armed forces.

The Salvation Army serves people in 102 countries.

The Salvation Army has over 9,600 centers in the USA.

Salvation Army mobile canteens bring food, clothing, blankets and medical supplies to disaster locations. It also helps reunite families and help those in need find emergency shelter.

The Salvation Army provides over 450,000 meals annually in the Western Division alone. This is accomplished through more than 40 adult meal, food pantry, residential care and youth meal programs.

That in 2012, volunteers across the Omaha/Council Bluffs area donated over 97,000 hours of their time supporting various Salvation Army programs!

Event Calendar

June 9 - September 5 SUMMER FAN PROGRAM

The heat of summer is upon us as The Salvation Army is busy collecting and distributing new fans for its Summer Fan Program, June 9 – September 5, 2014.  The fan program, now in its 34th year, is critical because summer heat can pose dangerous health consequences for the elderly, ill or disabled.  Last year, more than 1,000 fans were distributed to local households thanks to the generosity of the Omaha community.

Fans are free of charge to qualified individuals.  Applications are available at The Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center, 3612 Cuming Street.  The hours are 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Priority is given to people who are 50 years or older and those with medical disabilities.  Proof of medical disability is required when applying for a fan. Call 402-898-5866 for more information.

New summer fans and bottled water are now being accepted.  Monetary donations to purchase new fans are also needed. The retail cost of a basic fan is approximately $20.

Fans and bottled water donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center, 3612 Cuming Street, anytime of day.  Monetary donations to the Summer Fan Program can be mailed to The Salvation Army, 10755 Burt Street, Omaha, NE, 68114.  Online donations can be made at www.givesalvationarmy.org.