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May 9, 2018 10:43am

INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT: The Salvation Army Louisville Area Command

Founded In: 1865 in London, England; In Louisville since 1883

By: William Booth

Number of Employees: 53 (includes full time, part time)


Describe what your organization does in two sentences. 

The Salvation Army exists to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. We fight for Louisville by helping individuals and families who are homeless or low-income to overcome barriers, create stability and success in their lives.

Who do you serve?

People living in Jefferson, Oldham, Bullitt, and Spencer Counties who are in poverty. We serve up to 400 meals a day and shelter up to 200 men, women, children and veterans daily at our Center of Hope, 911 S. Brook Street in the Old Male High School. Our work goes beyond meeting physical human need.  Once food and shelter is met, our goal is to share choices that foster self-confidence for people to reshape their lives in positive ways.

One fact you may not know about my organization is…

The Salvation Army is credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when “donut girl” volunteers cooked donuts, then put on war helmets and bravely served them to troops on the front lines of World War I. The Salvation Army also led in the formation of the United Service Organizations (USO) during World War II, which serves members of the armed forces abroad.

What sets your business apart from others in the way you attract and retain talent?

The Salvation Army provides both personal and professional satisfaction as it is a place where employees share a passion to make a difference and know that their work is transforming lives. To achieve at the highest levels, people must have a purpose that goes beyond just being profitable, and that includes serving others.

What do you like about being an investor in Greater Louisville Inc.?

GLI provides opportunities for our organization to connect with business leaders, stay informed on issues that affect the local community & economy, and relevant learning opportunities. We share a desire and responsibility to make sure our economy is strong and our community is one where everyone thrives.

How does your organization engage in the community?

We engage as members of collaborative partnerships to convene expertise, efficiencies, and services to do the most good for people in the most need. We are part of the Coalition for the Homeless, serve as the lead agency for coordination of volunteers and donations for Louisville Metro Government in times of local disaster, provide volunteer support for KDF events, and maintain corps community services in Portland and South Louisville.

How can people engage with your organization?

Join us for a Lunch & Tour, volunteer for a couple hours, host a canned food or winter coat drive, serve on a committee or the Advisory Board, attend a special event, donate, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.