• 3rd
    largest international crime industry is human trafficking
  • 27M
    men, women + children in slavery around the world
  • 100,000
    children trafficked into the U.S. annually
  • 80%
    of human trafficking involves sexual exploitation
  • 45.3M
    Americans live in poverty
  • 1 in 30
    U.S. children annually experience homelessness
  • 10.6M
    Americans are considered "working poor"
  • 49.1M
    Americans live in food-insecure households

Doing the most good

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.

Why is it important?

43.5 million Americans live in poverty, either as a working poor population or in complete homelessness. The Salvation Army has operations in 127 countries and every zip code in America, offering assistance by feeding, sheltering and empowering communities domestically and abroad. The world simply can’t thrive until the victims of disease, natural disaster, abuse and poverty are strengthened against future misfortune.

As part of The Salvation Army’s fight against poverty, they are deeply dedicated to the modern-day fight against human trafficking (for sexual and labor purposes) – both in the U.S. and internationally. As the third largest crime industry in the world generating 32 million annually, there are currently 27 million men, women, and children in slavery around the world. More than 100,000 children are trafficked in the U.S. every year with 12 being the average age for victims of sex trafficking globally.

How do they do it?

The Salvation Army focuses its efforts on four core causes:

Support for Adults: Adult rehabilitation, veteran’s affairs services, prison ministries, elderly services, combatting human trafficking and missing persons.

Support for Children + Families: Hunger relief, housing and homelessness, Christmas assistance, youth camps and recreation centers.

International Relief: Child sponsorship programs, anti-human trafficking, international health and HIV.

Disaster Relief: Emergency disaster service.

Progress so far?

Today, as the only charity to offer services in every ZIP code in the United States, The Salvation Army serves more than 30 million Americans every year. Their service includes 56.9 million meals, nightly shelter for 10.7 million people, treatment for 149,000 people in 141 rehabilitation facilities, more than 400 after-school programs, and immediate and long-term assistance following disasters to 231,000 people. Every year.

Supporters you may know:

Carrie Underwood, Jackie Chan, Jessica Simpson, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, LeAnn Rimes, Sammy Hagar and Sheryl Crow.


Countless local partners including The Dallas Cowboys and national partners such as Walmart stores, Target Corporation, and many others.

#RedKettleReason Giving Spree

#RedKettleReason Giving Spree

November - December 2016 | Upcoming Project

In 2014, for the first time, donors were able to share their own reasons for supporting The Salvation Army in one place by using #RedKettleReason. That stream of more than 65,000 reasons then served to educate a larger audience about the numerous services the Army provides. In 2015, The Salvation Army called on Americans to post their #RedKettleReason video submissions for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to NYC for a closed-to-the-public "giving spree" to benefit children in need in their hometown.
Angel Tree

Angel Tree

November - December 2016 | Upcoming Project

Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. Thanks to supporters of The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, nearly one million children across America will find gifts waiting under their Christmas trees this year. The Angel Tree program provides new clothing or toys for children of needy families through the support of donors. (http://salvationarmyannualreport.org/angel-tree)
Poverty Relief

Poverty Relief

Ongoing | Current Project

Currently, 45.3 million Americans live in poverty. The Salvation Army works to give a hand up to those in need by providing 58.4 million meals, 10.8 million nights of shelter, adult rehabilitation, community support, youth recreation and more each year. The Salvation Army assists more than 30 million people on an annual basis. (http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-we-help)

Active Operating Locations

  • United States
  • Angola
  • Antigua
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Congo (Brazzaville)
  • Congo (Kinshasa)
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • The Færoes
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Republic of Ireland (Eire)
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Kenya
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Lithuania
  • Macau
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Helena
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Maarten
  • St. Vincent
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • UAE
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Venuzuela
  • Virgin Islands
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • 30M
    Americans in need are served each year
  • 127
    countries are served internationally
  • 10.7M
    Americans provided with shelter in 2014
  • 148,800
    people provided with rehabilitation services in 2014
  • 56.9M
    meals served in 2014
  • 3.3M
    people received holiday assistance in 2014
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