BAY AREA, CA — The Salvation Army is coming to the rescue once again. With residents of Solano and all other Bay Area counties now under mandatory shelter-at-home health orders to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, The Salvation Army Del Oro Division has activated its Emergency Disaster Response. In Solano County, the nonprofit is providing food to those in need.
“Our mission remains unchanged in these fast-developing times: to meet human needs in the name of God without discrimination,” said Samantha Jarosz, spokeswoman for The Salvation Army Del Oro Division in Northern California and Nevada.
“In following that mission, all Salvation Army officers are now reassigned to Emergency Disaster Services so that we may respond where and when we are needed,” Jarosz said.
In Solano County, The Salvation Army is providing food and extra food boxes to those in need. To minimize contact in observation of the 6-foot social distancing recommendation, the food and food boxes are being distributed at drive-through style pickups at two locations:
- Vallejo Social Services Office, 630 Tuolumne St. in Vallejo
- Fairfield Social Services Office: 1216 Missouri St. in Fairfield
Ways Community Members Can Help
The Salvation Army runs on volunteer power, Jarosz said. Those who are interested and able to donate their time to help others during this trying time are encouraged to send an email to Volunteer Coordinator Hannah Hubner at Hannah.Hubner@usw.salvationarmy.org.
“Those who are unable to give their time can still help us meet the needs in their community by making a monetary donation,” Jarosz said. “All of our community centers, facilities, and programs need support to continue serving the most vulnerable populations. Donate online at Gosalarmy.org.”
Corporations and foundations looking to get involved in The Salvation Army Del Oro Division’s COVID-19 relief effort may send an email to Teri McClanahan by email at Teri.McClanahan@usw.salvationarmy.org.