Give Back MKE 2022: The Salvation Army

These local organizations are doing great work in our city – and they need your support.

What We Do:

The Salvation Army is a worldwide charitable organization. In Milwaukee County, it provides food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, thousands of backpacks, coats and toys for underprivileged kids, and relief for disaster victims. “Millions of Americans are struggling,” says Steve Woodard, the divisional secretary for The Salvation Army’s Milwaukee Area Command. “The pandemic, inflation, evictions, job loss, you name it. The Salvation Army is committed to providing help for those immediate needs, but also helping to address those long-term ones.”

• In 2021, The Salvation Army served 18,725 people through its five food pantries in Milwaukee County. It served 44,540 meals during Feed the Kids, its summer mobile feeding program, and distributed 38,072 toys to 5,927 children for Christmas. Its health clinic served 1,050 patients, and its coat distribution service gave out 3,588 coats in January and November. And over 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies were given to Milwaukee and Waukesha schoolchildren.

Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army

Where Your Money Goes:

• Donor money is used to support The Salvation Army’s dozens of programs and services provided to thousands of individuals and families across Milwaukee County. Eighty-seven cents of every dollar raised is directly used to support those programs and services. “We’re a worldwide organization, but your donations to The Salvation Army stay here locally,” Woodard says. “They’re helping those in need in Milwaukee.”

• The Salvation Army is also seeking volunteers for its many programs, including bellringers for its Christmas Red Kettle fundraising campaign. If you’d like to volunteer, visit

Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army

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This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine’s December issue.

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