Community Partner Spotlight: Salvation Army of Alamance County
The Salvation Army of Alamance County has a simple motto “doing the most good.” This motto is evident through all the programs and services they offer to the public. One of their most known programs is the Boys and Girls Club. The club offers an after school program as well as a summer camp program. This summer, over 150 kids participated in the camp and the same are expected to be attending the after school program.
In the same building as the Boys and Girls Club, there is a food pantry. It is open every weekday in the afternoon and supplies food to anyone in need. There is no eligibility criteria and no one is turned away. Everyday food is collected from local grocery stores and donations to be put on the shelves for the people to choose from. A variety of food is available from fresh fruit to non-perishable items. Food changes daily depending on what they receive. They also offer emergency food packs which can be collected every 90 days and are meant to last during that time-span.
The Salvation Army also has a church open to the public where Sunday school and services occur. Boys and Girls Club participants are not required to attend any church-related activities, but there is crossover between the two. One of the most widely known programs of the Salvation Army are the Family Stores. People donate goods to the store and they are sold back to the community. Funds go to their Adult Rehabilitation Centers which are for those struggling with drugs/alcohol addiction. Salvation Army has realized they cannot do everything alone and work together with numerous community partners to touch the most people. For example, partnering with the YMCA to have after school snacks and a meal provided to their Boys and Girls Club members.