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Anchorage Mayor Berkowitz Commemorates National Salvation Army Week May 15-21

National Salvation Army Week encourages people to take a moment to learn about poverty in America


[Anchorage, AK] (May 15, 2017) – In 1954, the U.S. Congress approved a joint resolution for President Dwight D. Eisenhower to proclaim a week to recognize the humanitarian efforts of The Salvation Army, one of the nation’s largest and oldest faith-based health and human service providers. Today, with the help of more than 3.2 million volunteers, The Salvation Army serves more than 25 million Americans every year. With a presence in almost every zip code across the country, The Salvation Army uniquely understands the demands facing Americans in need.


This year, National Salvation Army Week is being recognized by Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz with a special proclamation honoring The Salvation Army’s tradition of sacrifice and service to Alaskans in need.  “Mayor Berkowitz’s proclamation is a welcome honor.” Said Major Mike Dickinson, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Alaska Division. “We appreciate anything that helps the public understand what we do and, more importantly, how much there is left to do.”


During this week of recognition, The Salvation Army encourages people to take a moment to learn about the needs of the millions of Americans living in poverty or near the poverty line. With greater awareness and understanding, we can break misconceptions that all need is easy to see.  


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 43.1 million Americans live in poverty, and millions more live near the poverty line. Approximately half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and one-third of adults between 18 and 64 live in low-income households.


“Human need comes in many forms that often go unnoticed,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “Many adults skip meals to feed their children or choose between paying rent or paying utilities. Six out of 10 Americans don’t have enough savings to cover a $500 emergency.”


In Alaska, The Salvation Army helps people with several different services including providing meals, rent and mortgage payment assistance, help with buying groceries, support to purchase prescription medicine, and assistance with energy bills. Each year, almost 100,000 people receive support, thanks to generous donors, volunteers, and corporate partners.


“Unfortunately, Alaska still faces challenges. The good news is that although there is always someone in need, there is also always some way to help.” Said Major Dickinson, “We encourage people during National Salvation Army Week to learn a little to help a lot in our local community.”


For more information about National Salvation Army Week, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org. 


About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination in Alaska since 1898. Approximately 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to alaska.salvationarmy.org or follow on Twitter @AKSalvationArmy


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