When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.


Name: April

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? My son is sick and I’ve had to be home with him, and now need help with some bills.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? It means the world to me because it will help me get my family back on our feet so we can level out and become stable.


Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like April find the hope they need to face another day.

Click here to make a donation today to support the programs and services of The Salvation Army.


Samantha Harris Good Dinner

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Doing the Most Good Dinner with Special Guest Samantha Harris!

For the past two years, the Doing the Most Good Dinner has raised much-needed funds for The Salvation Army’s programs and services.

This year’s event will be held on May 12 at the beautiful Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. following a special VIP Reception for sponsors at the $2,500 and above levels.

Tickets are available for $150, tables are available for $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. Sponsorship benefits can be found on the event page at the link below.

Fore more information on the event, please click here to visit the event page, or contact Jennifer Renfroe, Donor Relations Coordinator, at 727-725-9777, ext. 105.





The Salvation Army is partnering with Bright House Networks to provide Back-to-School supplies for local children in need.

Supplies can be dropped off at The Salvation Army, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at:

1625 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33765 and 340 14th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Supplies needed include: backpacks, pencils, glue sticks, composition books, colored pencils, 3-ring binders, crayons, paper, and erasers.

Want to help but don’t have time to drop off items? Click here to shop online and the items will ship directly to The Salvation Army!


 Media Contact: 

Lindsay Crossland, Director of Development
The Salvation Army of Clearwater/Upper Pinellas County
o: 727-725-9777 x 108
e: mailto:UpperPinellas@uss.salvationarmy.org


CLEARWATER, FL (April 13, 2015) – The Salvation Army encourages everyone to come together for an afternoon of fun to celebrate those who give back to our community! In 2014, over 6,000 volunteers gave 17,528 hours of service to help The Salvation Army serve Upper Pinellas County residents.

From sorting food donations to providing toys to children at Christmas, The Salvation Army relies on volunteers as well as corporate and community partners to meet the growing need in our community.


On Saturday, April 25, all are welcome to attend Partner Appreciation Day at The Salvation Army, 1625 Belcher Road in Clearwater, as volunteers and community partners are honored. This event is open to the public; an RSVP is requested by April 20 to UpperPinellas@uss.salvationarmy.org or 727-725-9777 x 105.


Food, fun and games will be available from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., with a brief presentation of the Outstanding Volunteer Awards, Corporate Bellringer Awards, and the Outstanding Angel Tree Partner Award taking place at 12:30 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome as this is sure to be a wonderful event for the whole family!


For more information on Partner Appreciation Day, please contact Jennifer Renfroe at 727-725-9777 x 105 or UpperPinellas@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Partner Appreciation Day Invitiation

It’s time to register for the 23rd Annual Kettle Klassic Golf Tournament!

The tournament will be held at beautiful Belleair Country Club on April 16.

Last year, players and sponsors raised over $184,000 for The Salvation Army’s Social Services programs in Upper Pinellas County. In 2014, through these Social Services programs, 58,150 people were served. Energy assistance was provided to 2,074 households. The Kettle Klassic helps serve so many in need!

Individual players can register for $175, team registrations start at $1,000. A limited number of teams can register, do not delay!


To register, please visit the Kettle Klassic Event Page.


Special thanks to the 2015 Kettle Klassic Committee:

Co-Chairs: Todd Ellson and Chuck Orsatti

Advisory Board Chair: R. Paul Umberg

Committee: Alfred Andrews, Rodney Hale, Suzanne Johnson, George E. Mariani, Jr., Andy McAdams, Shannon Ware

Emeritus Committee Member: Clark Lea, Sr.

Long-time volunteer and SVP at Nationwide begins role as The Salvation Army celebrates its 150th anniversary

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (January 12, 2015) – The Salvation Army’s National Commander, David Jeffrey, announced that Mr. William J. Burke, Senior Vice President of Marketing with Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, will serve as National Advisory Board (NAB) Chairman for The Salvation Army. Mr. Burke was elected to the position unanimously at a full meeting of the Army’s national advisory board in Newport Beach, CA, in April 2014. Beginning in January 2015, he will serve a three-year term leading the efforts of the board for the nation’s largest faith-based social service agency.

“I am honored to be affirmed by my fellow board members to lead the NAB for the next three years,” said Mr. Burke. “Ever since my first experience as a volunteer many years ago, I have consistently witnessed the compassion and effectiveness of The Salvation Army, and I will bring that hands-on experience from Central Ohio to the National board.”

Mr. Burke has been a long-time supporter of The Salvation Army. He joined the area advisory board in Columbus, Ohio in 1996, and took an active role in volunteering in the Heart-to-Heart program, preparing and providing meals on weekend evenings to the homeless in shelters and on the streets. He was part of the leadership team that created “Need Knows No Season”, the primary annual fund raising event for The Salvation Army in Central Ohio. He has been actively involved with the Community Relations committee, and has been Vice-Chair and an executive committee member of the Columbus Advisory Board. Bill and his wife are active holiday bell ringers in their local community and are engaged in the annual Christmas Cheer program. They are working with newly assigned officers to help grow the influence and impact of the Delaware OH Corps.

Mr. Burke joined the National Advisory Board in 2010 and has served on both the Community Relations and Finance and Institutional Development committees, the latter of which he most recently chaired.

“Bill has been an enthusiastic supporter of The Salvation Army’s mission for many years in Ohio and nationally,” said Commissioner Jeffrey. “This year marks our organization’s 150th anniversary, and it is an auspicious time for Bill to take on this new role and bring his leadership to bear as the Army looks ahead to the future.”

“I am proud to pass the mantle of National Advisory Board leadership to Bill,” said outgoing National Advisory Board Chairperson Charlotte Jones Anderson. “This was a tremendously meaningful experience for me, and I know that The Salvation Army will benefit from Bill’s passion, energy and leadership.”

“The Salvation Army has built one of the most trusted organizations in the world because it consistently, effectively and compassionately delivers basic human services to those who desperately need them,” said Mr. Burke. “Today, The Salvation Army is establishing itself with a new generation of millennials who are making their own mark on volunteerism and philanthropy.”

In his ten years with Nationwide, Mr. Burke has served as Chief Marketing Officer of Property and Casualty Operations, and Chief Marketing Officer of Nationwide Financial. Previously, he held senior marketing, general management, and R&D roles with Scotts Miracle-Gro, Battelle, Fitch, and Borden. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, IN. Bill and his wife Marianne live in Lewis Center, Ohio. They are active in leadership at North Church in Lewis Center. They have three married children and eleven grandchildren.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org.

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Happy National Salvation Army Week!

Typically observed in the second week of May, this National Salvation Army Week was first declared by  President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 – 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S. In his proclamation he noted:

Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood . . . Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

This week, any gifts given online in Pinellas County or at the Doing the Most Good Annual Dinner with Emmitt Smith will be matched up to $30,000! Your donation stays in your community!

Please help us receive this match by clicking HERE to make a gift today!

Activities for this week include the Doing the Most Good Annual Dinner with Emmitt Smith and the Rockin’ 50s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. For more information on these events, please contact UpperPinellas@uss.salvationarmy.org or Jennifer at 727-725-9777 x 105.

Thank you for Doing the Most Good for your neighbors in need!

A day of golfing and giving back

CLEARWATER, FL (February 11, 2014) – The 22nd Annual Kettle Klassic Golf Tournament and Charity Auction will take place on April 9, 2014 at Belleair Country Club. All proceeds from the tournament and auction benefit The Salvation Army’s programs and services throughout Upper Pinellas County.

Sponsorships start at $175 and go up to $5,000. Click here to see the benefits of each sponsorship level.

The tournament will be played on Belleair Country Club’s West Course.

The day will start at 11:45 a.m. with registration and lunch, followed by a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. All sponsors are invited to join us for the auction and awards reception at 5:30 p.m.

Auction items:
(Coming soon, check back often!)

The Kettle Klassic Committee:

Todd Ellson (Co-Chair)
Alfred Andrews (Co-Chair)
Ryan Clegg
Suzanne Johnson
Clark, Lea, Sr.
George Mariani
Grant Trier
Paul Umberg
Shannon Ware
Ross Weaver

Visit the Kettle Klassic Golf Tournament page for details!

Walmart and The Salvation Army have announced the start of the second annual Fill the Truck Toy Drive, which will bring hundreds of thousands of toys to children across the country.