My charity of choice is The Salvation Army, an organization that has helped people in need in Sacramento for over 130 years. The Salvation Army's mission is to improve the health of our communities through access to vital social services, housing and support programs. They are committed to serving families and individuals affected by the cycles of poverty, hunger and addiction through a stunning breadth of programs.
These include food, emergency shelter, transitional housing, affordable day care, after-school education, youth basketball, youth camp, companionship to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, job training and housing for the newly sober, and relief for disaster survivors.
During the pandemic, they have stepped up even more, providing tens of thousands of food boxes, emotional care, childcare for essential workers, and personal protective equipment. This organization manages its funds so well, it has a national average of 82 cents of every dollar raised going toward life-changing programs. At its core, The Salvation Army is about bringing hope to the hopeless; it is for this reason that I choose to raise funds for The Salvation Army in this year’s Capital Cup.