Poverty is an everyday battle. People experiencing poverty are not without hope – their lives are just harder than they should be. But, The Salvation Army is helping to make their lives a little easier, thanks to your gifts of time and money. The Fight for Good series aims to show how by following individuals through one of their daily poverty battles. Here is one such example.
Mother and Son vs. Utility Disconnection
Matthew is a Personal Care Attendant for his mother, Linda, who lives with brain damage and physical limitations. Although Matthew had been doing his best to care for his mom, money was tight, and he’d fallen behind on their energy bill.
With a disconnection looming, Matthew looked to The Salvation Army for financial help. He received it when one of our social workers used Salvation Army funds to pay the overdue bill. Matthew and Linda were ecstatic.
Later, the social worker told Matthew to call The Salvation Army if he ever needed help applying for benefits. Matthew said he was thankful for this offer because it freed him from the fog of having to navigate “the system” alone.
Join the Fight for Good
Thankfully, there’s an Army – made up of people just like you – that seeks to start seeing the poverty that has always existed around them.
If you desire to do something good, to further a cause you care about, to join the battle against poverty – here are three simple ways to join us in the fight for good:
- Donate at a red kettle or online. Fight poverty one dollar and one coin at a time by giving each time you pass a red kettle (later this month), or support your local Salvation Army through an online donation.
- Become a volunteer bell ringer. Join the fight against poverty by giving your time as a red kettle bell ringer. Kettles with volunteer ringers raise double the amount of funds that support our poverty-fighting programs.
- Recruit your own army. The fight for good needs soldiers. Recruit others to join the fight for good by setting up a fundraiser and sharing your passion for helping others on RedKettleReason.org.
The scenario described above is about a real person helped by The Salvation Army Northern Division. Names were changed to protect the individual’s privacy.