Non Profit Spotlight: My non-profit choice for December is The St. Petersburg Corps of the Salvation Army. You may recognize the familiar sound of the bell ringers outside your favorite grocery store as each holiday season begins but, are you aware that “the ringing” has been going on since 1912, when the St. Petersburg Corps was founded?
Like other Salvation Army Corps, St. Petersburg sought to serve the poor and those in need with a ministry of programs and services designed to meet local needs. During WWI, the St. Petersburg Corps functioned in knitting and sewing circles, making sweaters, socks and other personal items for the fighting troops. Nationally, The Salvation Army War Board began programs in US Army camps and canteens across the country; hostels with canteen services were established; food and beverages were provided for the soldiers, along with books, writing supplies and opportunities for recreation. As these traditional “Army” services were offered, the St. Petersburg Command expanded, and so did the St. Petersburg Army’s commitment to serving its own community.
Mission Statement: 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.
Ministries and Services: The St. Petersburg Corps strives to be timely and efficient as it examines and addresses needs within a community. It continues to seek ways to change people’s lives by elevating the human spirit through the gift of Christian love. Some of the programs operated by the Salvation Army include: Worship Center, Disaster Services, Social Services, Children’s Services, Christmas Programs, Red Shield Shelter Services and Adult Rehabilitation Center.
For more information about The St. Petersburg Corps, to volunteer or donate please visit their web site at www.salavtionarmy.org or call them at 727-550-8080.
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