Released 13 March 2014
THE SALVATION ARMY AND WALMART RECOGNIZED FOR HELPING BREAK THE CYCLE OF
POVERTY, VIOLENCE, AND HUNGER IN PHILADELPHIA
The Salvation Army Peer Mentoring Program received a special resolution at
the weekly Philadelphia City Council meeting sponsored by Councilwoman Maria D.
Quiñones-Sanchez and Councilman Darrell L. Clarke. The Peer Mentoring Program was established in
2013 to help break the cycle of poverty, violence, and hunger in the city,
thanks to the generous support of Walmart, which has
donated $150,000 over two years.
Walmart's support allows The Salvation Army to offer the program at several
of its neighborhood corps community centers to provide far-reaching access for
city residents in need of social services, including the Hispanic community. In
the past year, the program has served more than 225 individuals in Philadelphia
and is facilitating one of the first SELF Groups, part of the Sanctuary
Model® developed by Dr. Sandy Bloom, in the city to be conducted in
"This program has been an asset to our community," said Susan Brotherton,
director of social service ministries for The Salvation Army of Greater
Philadelphia. "We are so thankful to receive this generous donation from
Walmart, which allows us to continue this process of providing mentorship to
vulnerable individuals and encouraging healing and self-reliance. We're proud
to have a partner who shares our vision of holistic care for all."
In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched "Fighting Hunger Together" – a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to fight hunger
in America. This initiative leverages Walmart's size and resources to provide
nutritious food and the Walmart Foundation's ability to grant funding to
nonprofits that help elevate the issue. Walmart's contribution to The Salvation
Army of Greater Philadelphia is a part of its broader commitment to break the
cycle of hunger in the United States.
About Philanthropy at
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live
better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back
locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities
it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving:
Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women's
Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight
against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015.
To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in
need across the country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com. To learn more about Walmart in
Philadelphia visit www.walmartphiladelphia.com.