The Salvation Army Ogden Corps is a local corps of The Salvation Army International. The Salvation Army is a Christian church that is known across the world for its efforts to relieve the poor and suffering. Its mission states, “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” WSU and the Center for Community Engaged Learning partner with The Salvation Army Ogden Corps in its efforts to meet human needs in our community without discrimination.
The Salvation Army was first organized in 1865 in London by William Booth, who withdrew from church leaders in London to travel and preach to the poor, destitute, and depraved. The poor did not feel comfortable in traditional churches, so Booth founded a church just for them, “The East London Christian Mission.” The organization became The Salvation Army in 1978, adopting a quasi-military command structure, with titles such as Generals and Lieutenants for its officers, and uniforms and flags. The military theme is to remind Salvationists that they are engaged in war against evil, poverty, and depravation.The Salvation Army was organized in the United States in 1880. Although early Salvationists were ridiculed in Britain and in the U.S., The Salvation Army movement has since expanded rapidly to almost every part of the world. The organization now has 15,765 corps in 125 countries, and served 30 million people in 2011. Its programs include:
- Housing and Homeless Services
- Drugs and Alcohol Rehabilitation
- Disaster Relief
- Missing Persons
- Veterans Affairs Services
- Prisoner Rehabilitation
- Elderly Services
- Youth Camps
- Anti-Human Trafficking
- Christmas Charity
In 2012, nearly 3,400,000 individuals of all ages volunteered their time, talents and resources to assist The Salvation Army’s work. You don’t need to become a Salvationist to volunteer for The Salvation Army, just have a desire to do good and help those in need.
How to Get Involved with Salvation Army Ogden Corps
Tutor children and youth in an after school programThe Salvation Army Ogden Corps’ after school youth programs begin in August and run through the school year. WSU students volunteer as academic tutors and proctors and teach music, art, and other hobbies to kids. This kind of service enriches the lives of disadvantaged youth.
Organize Christmas gifts for children in need
The annual Angel Tree Outreach takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. The Community Engaged Leaders Special Service Events chair organizes the event and, with the Center for Community Engaged Learning, sponsors a tree in the Shepherd Union Building. Hung on the tree are tags for children in need with their age and Christmas gift wish. People take the tags and bring them back to the CCEL with the donated gift. The Community Engaged Leaders Special Service Events chair recruits volunteers to help The Salvation Army Ogden Corps sort donations in a special warehouse before they are dispersed to the families. Community Engaged Leaders is a student-run community service program, and is part of WSUSA. It is comprised of a VP of Service, an Assistant Director, 4 Directors and 16 Chairs. These student leaders are responsible for promoting community service within the student body, and they make community service opportunities accessible to students. You can apply to become the chair for any of the service leadership positions, including Special Service Events chair, during early spring semester. Learn more about the Community Engaged Leaders Special Service Events program by emailing the current chair: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ring a bell for Red Kettle SeasonThe annual Red Kettle Season takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. Donations to the red kettles provide Christmas dinners, clothing, toys, basic necessities, and seasonal aid for families in need. WSU students can volunteer individually to ring a bell at local sites, or a small group or family can “Adopt a Kettle” for one or more days and work in shifts to cover the site. Musicalindividuals/ensembles are welcome to sing or play at various sites during the season.
Sponsor a food driveThe Salvation Army Ogden Corps provides 100 to 120 food boxes each week, and always needs more donations to keep up with the demand. WSU students or groups can host a food drive to help stock the pantry. This is an excellent opportunity for Communications 2010 classes.
Feed the homelessA Community Breakfast is served to homeless and hurting people Monday through Friday mornings from 6:30 to 7:30 am. WSU students or groups can assist with the preparation of meals and with the clean-up afterwards. This is another excellent opportunity for group service for a class or club.
Other group service projectsIn addition to adopting a red kettle, sponsoring a food drive and feeding meals to the homeless, The Salvation Army Ogden Corps has a list of projects especially designed for groups of students looking for a community service opportunity. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 801-621-3580 for project ideas.
Volunteer in the Thrift Store Warehouse
WSU student volunteers assist with receiving and sorting, cleaning, organizing, and marketing materials to increase sales. A Computer Science student or others with computer experience can help check and prepare donated computers for resale. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for students in Business, Marketing, Sales & Merchandising, and Supply Chain Management majors.
Help develop a Master Plan for The Salvation Army of OgdenArchitectural or Civil Engineering students can help The Salvation Army Ogden Corps develop their Master Plan for their facilities and property.
- Lots need to be surveyed and plotted
- Existing buildings need to be measured and plotted
- The entire property needs a variety of general plans: drainage, green space, recreation, parking and circulation, etc.
To volunteer for The Salvation Army Ogden Corps, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 801-621-3580 ext. 2306, or email email@example.com for current volunteer opportunities.