Press releases issued by The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, Florida.

Summer Camp Partnership uses S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to teach nutrition and wellness to at-risk children in Palm Beach County.

West Palm Beach, Florida (July 21, 2021) – The FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) organization and The Salvation Army North West Community Center (NWCC) in West Palm Beach have partnered to provide a complementary six-week, Summer Camp Program for local Kindergarten to 8th Grade students.  Families are invited to enroll their children in the weekly program that includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The program started on June 21st with 40 students and will continue at the NW Community Center located at 600 N Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, until August 6th.

FLIPANY provides customized health and wellness programs to Florida youth.  The NWCC runs an innovative food and nutrition “Junior Chef Program” during the school year.  Registered dietician and professional chef Alexa Bosshart is using her skills and expertise to educate the children.  Thanks to her collaboration, local students will be introduced to a 12-month hands-on program called COOKING MATTERS® that teaches children how to prepare healthy meals on a limited budget.

National statistics indicate that obesity and poor dietary habits have negative impacts on several health and wellness indicators.  “Our goal is to help students gain the skills and abilities to make healthy food choices that are also tasty!” said Dr. James Easley, the Facility Director of the NW Community Center.  “Involving them in the process of food choice and preparation will make them more likely to eat more nutrient-rich foods and lower intake of fat and sugar.”

Apart from encouraging healthy dietary habits, the Summer Camp program will also introduce students to the S.T.E.A.M educational framework (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) that develops knowledge in various aspects of mechanical engineering through hands-on modules.  By combining engineering, physics, and mathematics principles, children are taught to design, analyze, manufacture, maintain and test mechanical systems.  Camp participants will also enjoy art, dance, and field trips.

For more information, and/or make a financial contribution to the NW Community Center’s Summer Camp Program of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications at 561.686.3530 and/or visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

PHOTOS: Students are taught how to create a Rainbow Fruit Salad during Week #2 of Summer Camp Junior Chef Program with professional chef Alexa Bosshart.

 

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County – The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 99 years.

Village of Palm Spring Library joins Lake Worth Salvation Army Corp to provide books to local youth.

West Palm Beach, Florida (June 23, 2021) – On Tuesday, June 22nd, a Bookmobile, fashioned from a Rapid Response Emergency Vehicle previously used for disaster relief, distributed books to children living in Marlboro Court neighborhoods in Palm Springs, Florida. The Bookmobile is a collaborative effort between the Lake Worth Corps of the Salvation Army of Palm Beach County and the Community Library of Palm Springs.

Accompanying the Salvation Army staff during the Bookmobile’s neighborhood visitation was Jossie Maliska, Palm Springs Library Director, and Tiffany De Berry, the coordinator of Library Outreach. Apart from receiving 10 requests for library cards to sign-out books, Vicky Jaimes, a Salvation Army volunteer, utilized a local clubhouse to provide arts and crafts to interested children.

Bookmobiles and mobile outreach services have been used since 1905 to make connections between the library, the community, and the patrons. The first bookmobile in the US was designed by librarian Mary Titcomb as the “library wagon” in Washington County, Maryland. It had exterior shelves for books and was drawn by two horses. According to Palm Springs Village officials, reading literacy has been recognized as an area needing extra attention in their community. In addition to receiving incentives for their logged summer book reading, therefore, information will be provided to parents on local early learning and voluntary Pre-K programs.

According to the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, nearly half of all third graders in Palm Beach County are not reading on grade level. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 22.2% of adults ages 16 or older in the County lack basic literacy skills, meaning they are not able to read and understand short materials and fill out forms. “As children learn to read and enjoy the books provided by the Bookmobile,” said Lieutenant Jeremy Porter, “my hope and prayer is that children will become comfortable with in-person visits to their local library.”

During the Covid pandemic year, the Village of Palm Springs partnered with the Lake Worth Corps in providing philanthropic services to local residents including, groceries, sponsoring children with Christmas toys through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, and most recently, with sending children to camp. The Bookmobile Project plans to continue offering it services to children every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer months.

For more information, to volunteer, and/or make a financial contribution to the Bookmobile Project please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications at 561.686.3530 and/or visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

 

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County – The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 99 years.

Village of Palm Spring joins The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County in sending local youth to Regional Summer Camp.

West Palm Beach, Florida (June 21, 2021) – On Monday, June 21st, 52 youth ages of 7 -17 boarded an early morning bus at the headquarter parking lot of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County and headed to the South Florida Regional Camp Keystone in Starke, Florida. The Summer Camp Trip was a collaborative effort of the Village of Palm Springs in partnership with the Lake Worth and West Palm Beach Corps of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County. The Florida Senior Music and Art Conservatory coincides with the week-long general camp session.

During the Covid pandemic year, the C partnered with the Lake Worth Corps in providing philanthropic services to local residents including, groceries, sponsoring children with Christmas toys through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, and most recently, with sending children to camp. As campers learn to swim, play sports, create music, and make art, their trained counselors will help them navigate the complicated emotions and struggles often associated with their lives back home.  “This will be a life-changing experience for these children,” said Richard J. Reade, Village Manager of Palm Springs. “We hope this will be the beginning of many future projects with The Salvation Army!”

Apart from luggage, toiletries, flashlights, insect repellent, and other camp supplies, the Village of Palm Springs paying 75% of the parent cost for 15 participants from the local community. The trip will be chaperoned by Lieutenant Crystal Porter, Officer of the Lake Worth Corps, Bandmaster Franklin Peynado, and West Palm Beach Corps Secretary, Olive Peynado.

On July 19 to 24 another group of 15 youth campers in the same age group will depart from the West Palm Beach Corps for Camp Keystone for the Florida Divisional Music and Arts Camp. Aside from indoor and outdoor fun activities, participants will be provided faith-based opportunities in a safe environment with 24-hour supervision by well-trained faculty and staff.

For more information, to volunteer, and/or make a financial contribution to The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications at 561.686.3530 and/or visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

 

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County – The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 99 years.

Village of Palm Spring joins The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County in sending local youth to Regional Camp and Music and Arts Conservatory.

West Palm Beach, Florida (June 21, 2021) – On Monday, June 21st, the Village of Palm Springs in partnership with the Lake Worth and West Palm Beach Corps of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, will send 52 youth, ages of 7 -17, to the South Florida Regional Camp Keystone in Starke, Florida. The Florida Senior Music and Art Conservatory coincides with the week-long general camp session. The charter bus will depart from the West Palm Beach Corps on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd at 7:00 A.M.

During the Covid pandemic year, the Village of Palm Spring partnered with the Lake Worth Corps in providing philanthropic services to local residents including, groceries, sponsoring children with Christmas toys through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, and most recently, with sending children to camp. As campers learn to swim, play sports, create music, and make art, their trained counselors will help them navigate the complicated emotions and struggles often associated with their lives back home.

Apart from luggage, toiletries, flashlights, insect repellant, and other camp supplies, the Village of Palm Springs paying 75% of the parent cost for 15 participants from the local community. The trip will be chaperoned by Lieutenant Crystal Porter, Officer of the Lake Worth Corps, Bandmaster Franklin Peynado, and West Palm Beach Corps Secretary, Olive Peynado.

On July 19 to 24 another group of 15 youth campers in the same age group will depart from the West Palm Beach Corps for Camp Keystone for the Florida Divisional Music and Arts Camp. Aside from indoor and outdoor fun activities, participants will be provided faith-based opportunities in a safe environment with 24-hour supervision by well-trained faculty and staff.

For more information, to volunteer, and/or make a financial contribution to The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications at 561.686.3530 and/or visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.


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The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 99 years.

Humana and The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County partner to reduce health insecurity.

 

West Palm Beach, Florida (June 17th, 2021) – On Saturday, June 19th Humana will host a Complimentary Coffee Stand for Father’s Day Eve at The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store- located at 655 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415. As part of its Bold Goal initiative, Humana will be serving refreshments and distributing health-related materials to patrons from 10am to 2pm.

“The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is pleased to partner with Humana provide a warm cup of coffee that will bring a sense of comfort to our community neighbors,” said Area Commanders, Majors James and Leisa Hall. The Salvation Army is  among the largest global nonprofit providers of social services to people living in impoverished communities around the world. The Salvation Army nationally helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services.

For more information, please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications at 561.686.3530 or please visit our website www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org.

 

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County – The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 99 years.

National Salvation Army Week inaugurated with candy donation to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center by Women’s Auxiliary


West Palm Beach, Florida (May 11th, 2021)
– On May 7th, the Women’s Auxiliary of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County presented a donation of See’s Candies boxes to Mr. Timothy Howard, Chief Human Resources Officer, who facilitated the distribution of the candy to the front-line nurses, at the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center (PBGMC), for Mother’s Day (May 9th). The gesture coincided with the National Salvation Army Week, which started on Mother’s Day. Representing the Women’s Auxiliary were Maria Mamlouk and Margaret Vitale, co-presidents; also present were Skott Burkland, Auxiliary President PBGMC and Sandy Schneider, Corresponding Secretary of the Auxiliary Board at PBGMC; Lucy Ferris and Carol Pumpian, volunteers in the ICU. (Photos Attached)

“It was a pleasure to be with Maria to donate the candy to the nursing staff and to meet a wonderful group of people that are clearly doing what they love and care for those in need,” said Margaret.  “We were also glad to meet several of the hospital volunteers, led by Sandy Schneider who unselfishly give their time to the staff and the patients.”

The Women’s Auxiliary, a group of volunteer women, raises funds to support Salvation Army programs that overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services including food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need.

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is among the largest global nonprofit providers of social services to people living in impoverished communities around the world. The Salvation Army nationally helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services.

For more information on becoming a member of the Women’s Auxiliary and/or make a financial contribution to The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications at 561.686.3530 and/or visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County – The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 99 years.

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County responds to call to provide free vaccinations.

West Palm Beach, Florida (May 11th, 2021) – The Florida Division of Emergency Management will be providing Mobile Vaccination sites at various Salvation Army Family Stores and Church/Community Centers.  Individuals 18 years of age or above are encouraged to come and receive the one-time Johnson and Johnson vaccine.  While no appointment is necessary, individuals are asked to bring proper identification. Please check the following list for dates, sites and times where free vaccinations will be offered.

  • Wednesday, May 19 – 9 am to 4 pm
    Administrative Office
    2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
    West Palm Beach, FL  33409
  • Wednesday, May 19 – 10 am to 5 pm
    Lake Worth Family Store
    4001 Kirk Rd.
    Lake Worth, FL  33460
  • Thursday, May 20 – 10 am to 6 pm
    Northwest Community Center
    600 N. Rosemary
    West Palm Beach, FL  33401
  • Thursday, May 20 – 9 am to 4 pm
    Boca Raton Church/Community Center
    300 SW 2nd Ave
    Boca Raton, FL  33432
  • Friday, May 21 – 10 am to 5 pm
    West Palm Beach Family Store
    655 N. Military Trail
    West Palm Beach, FL  33409

According to the Palm Beach Post’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker, less than 33% of the people of Palm Beach County are fully vaccinated.  “The Salvation Army is pleased to partner with Mobile Vaccine Units to provide this free service to our neighbors around Palm Beach County,” shared Majors James and Leisa Hall.

Ample parking space will be provided at the Salvation Army locations. For more information on future Mobile Vaccination sites at a Salvation Army location, please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications at 561.686.3530 or please visit our website www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org, for other new vaccination opportunities at Salvation Army locations.

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is among the largest global nonprofit providers of social services to people living in impoverished communities around the world. The Salvation Army nationally helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services.

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County – The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 99 years.

Salvation Army Community Center offers 10-week Bible and Basketball program to local youth.

West Palm Beach, Florida (April 14, 2021) – On Monday, April 20, the Northwest Community Center of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County will begin its 2nd session of its “Bible and Basketball Program.”  Offered quarterly, the 10-week athletic development program serves local youth ages 5-18. The multi-week course aims to foster friendship, teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance, love, and leadership through the effective use of biblical principles and the game of basketball.

bible basketball program 2Sixty-three high school students ages 14-18 participated in the previous 10-week session that ended on April 10th. Through the effective use of weekly devotionals and corporate prayer the game of basketball reinforced Biblical principles.

“Basketball was invented in Springfield, Massachusetts by an ordained Minister named James A. Naismith,” said Dr. James Easley, the Community Center’s Director. “He developed the game 26 years after The Salvation Army was founded in London, England in 1891. Naismith believed that the game of basketball was a God given vision that he designed as an evangelism tool with the purpose of sharing the love of Jesus with children.” According to Easley, “Naismith dedicated his entire life educating students in Spirit, Mind and Body for leadership and service to others.”

The upcoming session is scheduled for April 19 to June 21 and is offered without charge. The program runs Monday through Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is intended for Elementary (Ages 7-9) and Middle (Ages 10-13) School students. The Salvation Army Northwest Community Center is located at 600 N. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Parents are invited to call 561-833-6767 to enroll their children.bible basketball program 3

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is among the largest global nonprofit providers of social services to people living in impoverished communities around the world. The Salvation Army nationally helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services including food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need.

For more information, to volunteer, and/or make a financial contribution to The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications at 561.686.3530 and/or visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 99 years.

Dunkin Donuts Joined The Salvation Army of West Palm Beach County to Provide Morning Treats to Local Social Workers.

West Palm Beach, Florida (April, 2021) – On Tuesday, March 30th, three Dunkin Donut locations joined The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County to celebrate National Social Work Month by treating local caregivers to morning donuts. The theme of this year’s morning give-away was “Social Workers are Essential” and highlighted the invaluable contributions social workers have made to the community during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Social workers who showed proper credentials received their “treats” at the following Dunkin Donut locations:

palm beach county social workers

  • 4440 Lakeworth Road, West Palm Beach, FL
  • 1999 NW 2nd Ave, Boca Raton, FL
  • 4644 Military Trail Blvd. Lake Worth, FL

In addition, Salvation Army Officers personally delivering 200 elegant Spa Gift Sets that included an inspirational Bible pocket card to local Social Workers who are providing care to families and individuals in partnership with the Army’s local programs. The Bible verse, “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind,” (Ephesians 4:23) is a meaningful message for Social Workers who provide extraordinary care to those in need.

National Social Work Month was first organized in March of 1963 by National Association of Social Workers as a means of encouraging public support for the profession. Then in 1984, a joint resolution of Congress was passed and was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan under Proclamation 5167 on March 22 as National Professional Social Work Month.

“Social workers are indeed essential,” said Majors James and Leisa Hall, Area Commanders for The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County. “Without their professional assistance, The Salvation Army would not be able to protect children from abuse and neglect, provide mental health and substance abuse treatment, and assist veterans and their families. As caregivers, we do not know how we would have served the most vulnerable during the Covid Pandemic without their help!”

For more information, to volunteer, and/or make a financial contribution to The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County please contact Frank Marangos, Director of Development and Communications at 561.686.3530 and/or visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 99 years.