Service Extension Units (Rural Areas)
- Carry out the mission of The Salvation Army in the local community
- Raise funds essential to the effective operation of The Salvation Army’s multiple local and division-wide service program
- Discover local welfare and humanitarian needs and provide assistance to help meet those needs
- Provide information and referrals to local agencies and other Salvation Army Corps and Service Units for services that are beyond the scope of an individual Service Unit[/well]
Types of Service Unit Assistance
There are two types of assistance offered through these units. The first is Basic Living Essentials, which includes food, clothing, utilities, housing assistance, temporary lodging, transportation, aid to victims of disasters, emergency services, food supplements, prescription medication (including treatment), dental services, eye exam and glasses and visits and aid to nursing home residents.
The second type of Service Unit assistance is Education and Recreation, which includes back-to-school supplies, swimming pool passes, school fees and lunches, physical education clothing and summer youth camps.
Service Unit Funding Sources
Services are funded through generous donations from individuals who care about helping others. Additional funds in some communities are raised through the traditional Christmas bell ringing campaign, mail appeals and at times through the United Way. The majority of these funds are used to directly benefit the local community. A portion also helps support division-wide emergency services.
Director of Service Extension: Stephen Wheeler